young potter proud of her pot at eastnor pottery and the flying potter taking part in hey clay 2019

young potter proud of her pot at eastnor pottery and the flying potter taking part in hey clay 2019

Each year we take part in a FAB free event called Hey Clay.

The initiative is organised by The Crafts Council as part of the BBC’s Get Creative campaign and shines a spotlight on public participation in all things pottery and clay!

Hundreds of organisations across the UK throw open their doors, hosting thousands of free events and workshops. We’ve been involved with Hey Clay ever since it’s inception in 2015 and every year we invite individuals and families the Pottery to make a pot on the potter’s wheel for free.

No less than 120 visitors spread over three days crossed the threshold here at Eastnor Pottery and took a spin on the wheel. Here are just a few of them!

hey clay participant makes a pot at eastnor pottery as part of free hey clay eventfamily photo of family making pottery at hey clay at eastnor pottery in herefordshire west midlandsthumbs up from hey clay participant at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

 

arty hens do pottery at eastnor pottery in the foot of the malvern hills on the glorious eastnor castle estate

bride to be making a pottery owl at her pottery hen party at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

Hen party season is definitely upon us with groups of happy hens beating a path to our door. Saturday was particularly busy with no less than four separate groups of gals getting creative with the squidgy stuff.

Some of the groups made pots on the potter’s wheel whilst others made and painted clay sculpture – most of it pretty tasteful!!

If you’re a celebrating hen looking for a #henpartywithadifference then why not book your weekend in gloriously idyllic Herefordshire. We have a selection of projects/prices and a beautiful Potting Tent marquee decked out in fresh flowers, bunting and fairy lights. Why not take a gander at our expanding list of accommodation providers here on our website some of them specialising in large groups and hen parties.

arty crafty hen party get creative with clay at eastnor potteryhen party group make tasteful clay sculptures at eastnor pottery in herefordshirearty hens do pottery at eastnor pottery in the foot of the malvern hills on the glorious eastnor castle estatecreative hen party group make amazingly colourful ceramics on eastnor castle estate in herefordshire

workshop participant at eastnor pottery proud of her pot made on the potter's wheel

 

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Just over a week to go to the amazing FREE HeyClay event and BBCGetCreative (one of the partners) have published an article about creativity and well being carried out by BBCArts. Definitely worth a gander and you can even take a test to see how best to maximise your own well being through creative pursuits.

Here’s the article:

Good news for those juggling time pressures in today’s busy, modern life. According to research commissioned by BBC Arts, even the briefest time spent on a creative pastime such as painting, pottery or playing the piano has an impact on our wellbeing and emotions.

In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 people taking part, last year’s Great British Creativity Test – in partnership with UCL – explored for the first time how creative activities can help us manage our mood and boost wellbeing.

Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL Senior Research Fellow and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, the research shows there are three main ways we use creativity as coping mechanisms to control our emotions:

  1. A distraction tool – using creativity to avoid stress.
  2. A contemplation tool – using creativity to give us the mind space to reassess problems in our lives and make plans.
  3. A means of self-development to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence.

Trying new creative activities is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing. The research found that getting hands-on with something new and creative is important regardless of skill level – it is the taking part that counts.

Constantly learning and trying new creative pursuits is also more beneficial, as the survey revealed that doing an activity for more than ten years means it can become less effective at regulating negative emotions.

and if you want to try making a pot on the potter’s wheel for FREE call us on 01531 633886 and we’ll book you in at some point over the 17-19 May HeyClay extravaganza here at the Pottery.

Herefordshire artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 2014 when the couple first moved to Eastnor in 1995

Herefordshire artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 2014 when the couple first moved to Eastnor in 1995

25 years ago to the day, two young pottery graduates from Bath arrived in Herefordshire to set up their studio on the idyllic Eastnor Castle Estate!

It’s safe to say the business has grown and developed in ways the couple could not have imagined when they took on the redundant farm building in which to make their ceramic artwork.

Not long after they arrived Jon and Sarah wrote an article for Ceramic Review:

artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 1995 for ceramic review

 

It came to our attention earlier it’s World penguin Day!

Penguin Fact:

Did you know there are 17 species of penguin and all of them live in the Southern hemisphere?

Not sure how you’d classify them but here’s a selection of pottery penguins made by our lovely workshop participants.

Enjoy & Happy World Penguin Day!

a purple glazed pottery penguin made at eastnor pottery in herefordshire