Made in the Middle ExhibitionPrivate views are great for networking and catching up with old acquaintances but near damn useless for taking stock of the exhibits. Although I attended the corporate , viewing of Made in the Middle, I still hadn’t felt like I’d actually ‘seen’ the exhibition. So after workshop duties at St Thomas’s on Tuesday last week I headed down to the MAC to experience the show for real.

I was encouraged by a small crowd of visitors around my musical drum pots, gently tapping out rhythms and notes. (I secretly had reservations as to whether punters would interact with the work in a predominantly ‘eyes only’ show) The positive comments on the post-it note evaluation provided more evidence the pieces were being well used. Have a look at the photos on our Facebook page.

The exhibition runs till the 15 April at MAC then it goes on tour through-out the Midlands.

Hungry Caterpillar Project, with Jon WilliamsI’ve been working with the fabulous St Thomas Children’s Centrethis week and last producing clay work based upon Eric Carle’s classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I’m working with participant groups right across the Centre exploring literacy, conversation, mark making and the creative benefits of working with clay.

New parents and their very young children (some as young as 4 months) have been sampling the delights of the potter’s wheel and making foot prints into leaf tiles.

Families attending the centre’s popular ‘stay & play’ sessions have been producing modelled fruit and food stuff, riddled with holes made by the devouring insect.

I’ve also been working with the St Thomas’s Nursery to build a beautiful, multi-coloured tile panel.

As soon as the gems emerge from the kiln I’ll pop some photos up on the website.

Collaborative Fish at SladefieldNo less than 120 YR2 children at Sladefield Infants School in Birmingham collaborated to make these wonderful fish.

We managed to make 4 heads and tails which just needed a little more drying time before they could be assembled back at Eastnor Pottery.

Early Years Event At CBSOSpent a stimulating and inspiring day at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra last Friday.

This was the third and final in a short series of reflective workshop days set up in partnership with St Thomas Children’s Centre and supported by Bright Space. It was attended by early years artists, educators and arts organisations who are passionate about creative learning for 0-6 years olds and their families. 

I was fortunate enough to present on aspects of my practice as well as facilitating a practical clay session in the afternoon.

In the morning, Pete Wynne-Wilson and Peppy Hills, both experienced creative practitioners, led a vibrant and inspiring discussion/presentation on best practice in early years, which somehow resulted in delegates dressing up in clothes made from newspaper!Early Years Event at CBSO