sun bathing clay model figure reclining on a beach towl made at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

sun bathing clay model figure reclining on a beach towl made at eastnor pottery and the flying potterSand, sea and sun provide the inspiration for our latest clay modeling project called ‘Life’a Beach’.

Any body visiting the studio over the Summer months will get the opportunity to model and paint a beach scene using real clay and ceramic paints.

Although the project is primarily aimed at families, it might also inspire some of our regular potter’s wheel enthusiasts to try their hand at clay modelling as a creative alternative.

The mini-masterpieces will need to be dried, fired and glazed before they can be collected from the studio a few weeks later. P+P can be arranged at £5.

The 1 & ½ hr sessions are designed for potters 4yrs and upwards and places cost £20 per person.

Sessions start at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2pm and take place Tuesday – Saturday in the school holidays.

Although we are closed at the moment we intend to reopen 1st July 2020 and are currently taking bookings. Please call the Pottery on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your place(s).

 

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019Under normal circumstances (remember them!?) we’d have been up to our eyeballs in clay at the brilliant Maker Shack as part of Cheltenham Science Festival.

We’ve been involved in the Makershack since its inauguration in 2017. Last year we encouraged visitors to make a press molded brick, using real brick clay from Coleford Brick and Tile Company based in the Forest of Dean.

The bricks were assembled into a giant castle and we worked with nearly 10,000 people over the x6 days of the festival! – that’s a shed load of bricks! The sheer volume of visitors meant we had to build a fresh structure each day, deconstructing the building at the close and re-claiming the material for the next morning.

Athough the Makershack was primarily aimed at Primary school aged students – (and man, there must have been very few Gloucestershire schools who didn’t visit the show), on Friday night grown-ups got to play with the technology in a special after-hours session between 8pm and 10pm.

Although it’s full-on, we love the #makershack and look forward to sharing the scientific benefits of engaging with clay, with festival visitors in 2021.

clay pot in the hand made at eastnor pottery

sarah monk from eastnor pottery in the gardenWe are so fortunate here at Eastnor Pottery to be blessed with lots of outside space.

Once we start back on 1st July and weather permitting, we’ll be hosting many of our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel Classes on the pottery lawn or in the ‘Potting Tent’ marquee.

Now taking bookings on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you! :)

clay pot in the hand made at eastnor potterypotters hands at eastnor potteryclay pots drying in the potting tent marquee at eastnor pottery

clay pot on a potters wheel at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

happy customer leaves a lovely review of her pottery courses at eastnor potteryBIG Thank you to all our lovely customers who have reviewed us on TripAdvisor over the past months and years.

It really makes a huge difference to a small business like ourselves, particularly in these challenging times and we are eternally grateful for your effort.

Just before lockdown Nicola was one of eight individuals who participated on our Weekend Potter’s Wheel Course. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:

I have just returned from a two day course at Eastnor. The location was easy to find and facilities were great. I was part of a group of eight people, some of whom were returning but others complete novices. The group was friendly as were the tutors. We all received plenty of attention and learned a lot and also had great fun. We were encouraged to be bold and creative. I would have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it- the time went way too quickly 😀

Don’t just take Nicola’s word for it, please take a look at our TripAdvisor page for lots more fantastic and complimentary customer reviews.

clay pot on a potters wheel at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

slipware pottery rabbit made by sarah monk from eastnor pottery herefordshire for easter bunny trail at puzzlewood

terracotta bunny rabbitt made by ceramic artist jon williams from eastnor potteryslipware pottery rabbit made by sarah monk from eastnor pottery herefordshire for easter bunny trail at puzzlewoodMaking ceramic bunnies is not Sarah and Jon’s usual bag, but when, Puzzle Wood asked Eastnor Pottery’s co-directors to take part in a Great Pottery Rabbit trail, they couldn’t resist the challenge!

Puzzle Wood is a magical ancient woodland in the Forest of Dean. It’s a great place to explore with the kids, as Sarah and Jon have done many times with their own children. It’s also a popular and famous TV and film location – Star Wars and Doctor Who to name but two!

All the local Potteries and Makers in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley were invited to make a ceramic rabbit to be hidden in Puzzlewood over the usually busy Easter weekend.

The Eastnor Potters started making their contributions back in February. Sarah decided to hand coil hers – a technique she hadn’t used for over 20 years, as she thought it would be fun to do something different. She used terracotta clay because of its deep, earthy colour fitting for a rich, earthy forest environment. Once built, she covered the whole rabbit in white slip and scratched simplified flowers into the surface. She then added splats of cobalt blue achieving a classic blue & white ceramic effect.

Jon chose to assemble his bunny from eight separate throw sections made on the potter’s wheel. He too used terracotta clay but didn’t add colour or glaze, opting instead for the natural colour of the fired terracotta.

Unfortunately because of COVID-19, Puzzle Wood remained closed to the public over Easter. Undeterred, they published The Great Puzzlewood Pottery Easter Trail online as a colouring competition instead. Participants could download line drawings of each bunny (different one each day) colour them in and submit them for judging. Some of the marvelous entries can be seen on Puzzlewood’s social media. Check out their TwitterFacebook and Instagram feeds.

Ceramic easter bunny colouring competition by puzzlewood gloucestershire