pottery bird hand made at eastnor pottery by young child on a family creative trip to eastnor pottery

pottery bird hand made at eastnor pottery by young child on a family creative trip to eastnor pottery

A fabulous interpretation of a Red kite made by one of our younger visitors.

During Lockdown#1 he discovered an encyclopedic passion for ornithology, nurtured and encouraged by mum and dad as part of  his home learning.

The kite was made by joining two thumb pots together to produce a hollow form. This was then stretched into the birds body. Wings and tail feathers were added and the whole thing carefully painted with coloured underglazes.

If you fancied making a ceramic kite or any bird for that matter, check out our Clay Modelling projects for families held on specific days during the school holidays. Places cost £20 per person and all children must be accompanied by at least one fee paying adult. For dates and availability please book online.

 

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young pottery enthusiast and his shiny new potter's wheel

James (above) has attended our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class on a several occasions. Prior to Lockdown #2, James, along with his Mum and Aunty, took the ‘next step’ and indulged in one of our full day Potter’s Wheel Courses.

Fair to say, James has been bitten by the bug and his dedication to the cause in one so young is totally inspiring. We asked James a few questions:

How long have you been working with clay?

When I knew that we were having time off school due to COVID in March, my Aunty Sue suggested I take up a new hobby. I had already been to Eastnor Pottery a couple of times and after watching the Great Pottery Throw Down, I was inspired to buy a Potter’s Wheel. I researched on the internet and found one which suited me and it arrived within a week. Since then, I have converted Mum’s outside shed into my ‘Potter’s Shed’ and whilst in lockdown, I was in there every day. Now I am back at school, my time in the shed is limited to the weekends when Sue often comes on a Sunday morning for a session.

What inspires you to make things?

The Great Pottery Throw Down was a big influence for my creations. Sue also bought a book for my birthday called “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook” which has many helpful tips and ideas. I also get inspired by the outside world, such as when we went to Borth for a day trip in the Summer, I saw a mosaic painting on the sea defense wall and I came home and had a go at making a mosaic using air dry clay.

What’s the best piece of artwork you have ever made? (doesn’t have to be clay)

I have tried many different crafts including knitting, rug making and sewing but very proud of making three miniature pots which I am working on at the moment. These include a cream jug, a flared pot and a mustard pot with a spoon.

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giraffe jumper

Once a week we are visited by a group of adults with learning disabilities to work with clay and enjoy the creative and unique atmosphere of our artists studio.

We absolutely love these sessions and enjoy the challenge of inventing new, exciting and appropriate projects for them to participate in.

Rob has had a life long fascination with giraffes and so we set him and his support worker the task of making a giraffe tile panel.

Here’s a pictorial record of Rob’s making process.

step by step guide to make giraffe tiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

couple take a mini-moon honeymoon to make pottery at eastnor pottery

couple take a mini-moon honeymoon to make pottery at eastnor pottery

With all the usual honeymoon destinations beyond reach, a lot of newly weds are opting to spend their post wedding days holidaying right here in the UK.

Emma and Neil are no exception and spent their mini-moon touring the country, stopping off in the Shire to indulge in a spot of pottery!

We wish them a long and happy marriage :)

eastnor pottery course participant fired and glazed pot inspired by vincent van gogh

We believe everybody can learn how to make a pot on the potter’s wheel in one or two goes – honest! Once you understand the principle and the forces at work, it’s then just a case of practice practice practice!

Which is why we offer veterans of our one day and two day Potter’s Wheel Courses the opportunity to sign up for future courses at half price!

We have a growing number of potter’s wheel enthusiasts who regularly attend and in doing so have become very competent makers.

We ran a Weekend event in September filled exclusively with returning potter’s – just look at the amazing fired and glazed results!

fired and glazed thrown pottery made by participants on a weekend potter's wheel course at eastnor pottery