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.
We’ve teamed up again with those lovely people at Creative Alliance to offer an exciting job opportunity.
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our small but perfectly formed creative business as a Community Arts Apprentice. You will be assisting in educational workshops in schools, community settings and here at the studio. You will be given full, on the job training in pottery techniques including the potter’s wheel, eventually being able to instruct our customers and workshop participants. The role will also require you to assist in a range of other duties including; helping with glazing, packing kilns, general office administration and gardening.
Both our previous apprentices have gone on to secure full time and part time employment with us having completed their one year apprenticeship.
Don’t delay – apply here!
This jurasic clay creation was made by a pupil from a reception class at Woodlands Infants School, Shirley in Solihull.
The #stegosaurus has been bisque fired and dipped in glaze, awaiting to have it’s feet wiped before its packed into the kiln for a second glaze firing. All the ‘white stuff’ will melt at 1080 degrees to form a smooth glassy surface revealing green, terracotta and sandstone colours.
Bisque fired dinosaurs waiting to be glazed and fired.
We recently enjoyed collaborating with YR6 at Devonshire Junior School in Smethwick to make this magnificent poppy tile panel.
Year 6 created the art work to remember local fallen heros from World War 2, each student making a tile, each student with an individual story to illustrate.
Here’s an example of the sort of thing the children were looking at – an inspiring tale of a WW2 pilot published in the Black Country Bugle in July 2004.
Craftspace is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Made in the Middle, an exhibition event celebrating emerging and established contemporary craft makers across the Midlands.
The exhibition which began life as the ‘West Midlands Crafts Open’ in 1998 and 1991, has been a constant element in Craftspace’s programme across these 30 years.
Some makers have taken part once, some several times. Jon Williams has been selected a couple of times to take part and has played a role in delivering the social engagement programme connected with the exhibitions.
In the lead up to the eighth Made in the Middle, to take place at the end of 2016, Craftspace has launched a website dedicated to the history of MITM and the people involved in it.
Here’s Jons page from 30 years – 30 makers
Jon also gets a mention in the introductory essay by Louise Taylor, linking to a short video of his work.