These value oaks were commissioned and made by all the children at Dines Green Primary School in Worcester.
Each child made and painted a pottery leaf based upon one of the six school values. Quite a challenging task to make mini clay decoration symbolising notions of respect, resilience, reflection, curiosity, empathy and honesty!
These three teachers from Dean Close Co-Educational Independent School in Cheltenham came and spent a day with us in November learning about clay and making techniques.
This is what they had to say about their experience:
“We all learnt so much and helped us to reinforce the basics whilst giving us the confidence to pass our knowledge onto the children we teach.
A highlight had to be throwing a pot! We all loved it and can’t wait to get practicing.
Sarah and Jon were so friendly and welcoming and their experience and knowledge was excellent. Thank you both so much.”
Our lovely community arts apprentices Aimme and Immy working with Sarah on the final touches of a stunning tile panel made by children, parents and staff at Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham.
Although the practical sessions are of paramount importance and integral to our practice, it’s worth pointing out the value of preparation and after-care we attach to every project.
We reckon for every minute spent working with somebody hands-on, there is at least a minute of preparation and after-care.
This collaboration will be hung on the outside wall of the new Clover Lea Annex building designed for the provision of the under 2’s.
We’ve been busy of late transporting clay, tools and Flying Potter magic to educational settings all over the West Midlands.
During the first part of the Autumn term we worked with the following schools, exploring a range of curricular themes and topics in clay.
‘Secret Garden’ inspired outdoor terracotta sculpture at Suckley Primary.
Whole school tile panel in the shape of school logo at Broadwas Primary.
Individual ‘Owl Babies’ with Nursery and YR R at Old Church Primary.
Potter’s wheel workshop with YR4 at Glascote Primary
‘Fire of London’ houses with YR2 at Woodands Infants.
Iron Age huts with YR4 at Finstall First School
Pinch pot Diwali lamps with KS1 at Leominster Primary.
Introducing Aimee & Immy – our brand new Community Arts Apprentices who came to us via Creative Alliance and started their clay journey last week.
We asked them both to put pen to paper and supply a couple of photos by way of introduction:
“My name is Aimee. I am currently an Apprentice at Eastnor Pottery studying Level 3 Community Arts.
I have been interested in the arty/creative world for as long as I can remember. My first inspiration into Art was my Year 7 Art Teacher. This had lead me to studying Art Textiles at GCSE in High School, A Level Fine Art in Sixth Form and a Foundation Diploma at Hereford College of Arts.
In my own personal practice, I am interested in the fine art side where I particularly like to paint and draw. I find that the main subject I work from is landscapes, particularly the mountainous and coastal types. I am also interested in embroidery and have recently picked up a new technique called cross stitch which I have found to enjoy.
I am also interested in politics and the local community which lead me to become a Parish Councillor in the area of Hereford I live. A new interest is travel as I enjoy exploring new places, taking photos and a sketchbook to document my trip and experiences.
I look forward to learning and trying something new on this course and doing something different.”
“Hi, I’m Immy. I am 18 years old and have recently started my apprenticeships at Eastnor Pottery. Until I started at the pottery most of my time was taken up by a small Jack Russell puppy named Barney, who destroys his toys quicker than I can by them and is otherwise known as biting Barney!
I live with my parents just outside Upton Upon Severn. Upton is best known for its summer festivals, thankfully I live just far enough away for them not be annoying.
I studied A-Level photography at sixth form, and I got really interested in the subject. This fitted in with travel, something else I enjoy. I was lucky enough to go on school art trips to Barcelona and New York where I was able to see a lot of different types of art I wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance to. I think this influenced by style of photography. I was really pleased when a collection of my photographs were chosen to be displayed in the main entrance of my school.
I clearly remember Eastnor Pottery coming into my first school and how much I loved making something with the clay. That led to me going to a Saturday pottery club at Worcester Art Centre for a few years. I am delighted to get back involved all these years later.”