Leon’s one of regular and valued customers. Every Tuesday he spends an hour or so with his support worker or mum at the Pottery making and decorating pots on the wheel.
For the past seven weeks he’s been working on a single, ‘£100′ pot. Each visit is spent making a separate section on the wheel which is then joined to the one made the previous week.
Over seven weeks, the pot has grown organically and sprouted several handles and palm tree additions. The last couple of weeks have been spent painting the sculpture in coloured under glazes and slips. It emerged resplendent from the kiln a few weeks ago and we think it’s brill! Here’s a link to a short video showing the pot in all it’s 3D glory: Young man with aspergers makes amazing pottery
Boosted by the success, Leon is onto his next project – a ‘£200′ pot!
It’s always an extremely productive day for participants on our one day potter’s wheel workshops. Everybody makes loads and loads of work.
At the day comes to a close, we encourage participants to choose their favourite pieces to be fired and glazed.
The rejected ones are plucked from their boards and piled high in a collaborative tower before being wedged into a soft lump ready to be made into pots again and again and again!
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.
We are firmly committed to offering young people opportunities to develop their life skills and creativity.
Each year we welcome to the Pottery at least one or two YR10 students from local high schools, looking to experience what it’s like to be a creative practitioner. This year we were joined by Naima from Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School.
Naima packed kilns, wrapped customers work and helped with the day to day running of the studio. She approached her tasks with maturity and willingness enabling us to offer her more and more responsibility as the week progressed. The placement culminated with Naima coaching teachers and educationalists on how to use the potter’s wheel at an Artists in Education event in Birmingham!
Well done Naima and we look forward to seeing how your career in the creative industries develops.