These amazing terracotta tiles have been made by the talented children at Washwood Heath Nursery School in Birmingham. Although they look rather stunning arranged here on the ground, the tiles form part of a much more ambitious project at the nursery.
Jon the potter worked with artist in residence Claire Witcombe, Nursery staff and of course the children to plan an exciting and inspiring project to introduce aspects of pattern making, surface design and construction. The aim, to create something that would pool the skills and experience of all the collaborators and result in an outcome everybody could enjoy and share – as well as provide the children with an exceptional learning journey along the way.
After much consultation and planning, a shelter proved to be a popular choice with all stakeholders – a structure the children could pass through, play in and around. It was decided the interior space would be protected by hand made roof tiles, co-created by the children in a series of practical workshop sessions.
Natural resources, hand tools and other mark making objects were introduced to the clay table for the children to press and work into the clay. Once they had flattened large lumps of terracotta clay into flat slabs, the children got to work, pressing and rolling the tools and resources into the soft material. They were also encouraged to cut their textured slabs into uniformed shapes by slicing around a template especially prepared for the task. The range of patterns produced, and the degree of exploration was a delight to behold….And as for the sheer number of tiles made – WOW! Proper tile making factory.
The 100 tiles have all been fired and ready for dispatch! The baton now passes to Claire who will enable the children to build the main structure from recycled pallets and boards. The roof tiles will be added later by the children using hammers and nails to hang them on the timber – a traditional and contemporary technique used by roofers in the construction industry all around the world.
The project is a fine example of partnership working and creative collaboration and we all cant wait to see the final piece installed in one of the Nursery’s exterior spaces.
We love our customers just as much as they love their Pottery Experience.
Here are a few reviews penned by some of our satisfied visitors this Autumn:
“Potter’s Wheel Experience was just what I was looking for. The setting was warm, homely, relaxing and zen. Everybody working there couldn’t have been nicer, frequently topping up teas and coffees. And Jon was an excellent tutor, not too hands on but there to assist when required” Tomas Nov 2019
“Jon and Sarah were wonderful and they really conveyed their passion for pottery. We came away with two completely different pots and both thoroughly enjoyed the session. Would highly recommend this workshop!” Sidney Nov 2019
“Such a beautiful location and lovely people. So homely and welcoming we can’t wait to book again!” Cheryl Oct 2019
Family workshops in the buildup to Christmas
5 November – 21 December 2019
We’re delighted to announce details of our fun and creative themed workshops for families in the buildup to Christmas 2019.
Evergreen! is the seasonal title and participants will learn how to coil a Christmas Tree using soft clay under the expert tutelage of professional potters. The fun doesn’t just stop with the hand making. Participants also get to decorate their freshly created masterpieces, there and then with a seasonal palate of paints and under-glazes. All this for just £20 per person.
The creations will need to dry out before they can be fired and glazed. This process takes about a month and the Pottery will contact participants as soon as they are out of the kiln and ready for collection. (NB If you attend after the 1st December we may not be able to get them through the kilns before the 25th December 2019. The earlier you can book-in, the greater the chance we’ll be able to fire them in time.)
Don’t worry if you can’t make it back to Eastnor to collect your ceramic arty-fact, P+P can be arranged at £5 per item.
Sessions need to be booked in advance and the Pottery is open Tuesday – Saturday. The Evgergreen project is available as from Tuesday 5th November until Saturday 21st December inclusive. 1.5 hr sessions commence at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
If hand modeling isn’t your thing then there is plenty of opportunity to try the potter’s wheel instead starting at just £30 per person.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Summer term in schools is one of the busiest for the Flying Potter. SATS are done, the sun is out and teachers are looking to reward their children with creative and fun activities. Little surprise then schools plan their ‘arts week’ for this time of year.
Here are the ceramic results of a couple of whole school, recent ‘arts week’ collaborations undertaken in the West Midlands.
One of x6 collaborative terracotta planters at Tividale Primary School Sandwell.
Tile panel at Holy Trinity Primary School Sandwell