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pottery lesson at eastnor pottery

 

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As one might expect, the group size we entertain here at Eastnor Pottery has shrunk somewhat in 2020. Where as we regularly worked with between 12 – 20 people in one sitting, recent parties haven’t exceeded anymore than x6 participants.

We are chuffed to report despite the small participant numbers, the quality of what we offer remains consistently high.

Take Arjun and his family for example.

These guys spent a weekend in Herefordshire celebrating dad’s special birthday. They walked the Malvern Hills, ate out and finished up with our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel.

 

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Arjun wrote a five star review – Thanks Arjun!:

“We booked Jon’s pottery experience to celebrate our father’s birthday. From the moment we arrived Sarah & Jon were both very accommodating and friendly. None of our group had any previous experience with pottery but with Jon’s guidance (and patience!) we all made some pots which we could be proud of! Overall, I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is thinking of trying something different and wants to do a group activity during a weekend break.”

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family pose with their freshly thrown pots outside eastnor pottery

We had so much fun working with this lovely family of grown-ups who celebrated x2 birthdays with us by indulging in a whole day’s Potter’s Wheel Course.

As there were x4 participants, we were able to offer the group their very own private session on a Sunday.

Everybody had a potter’s wheel to themselves and spent the day experimenting and perfecting their technique. Our day or weekend Potter’s Wheel Courses are the most immerse potter’s wheel experience we offer. Participants gather an understanding of the craft and after a day of throwing, produce some very competent shapes. This family were no exception and the clay results were excellent!

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The birthday girls loved it as did the rest of the group. Here’s what they had to say on Instagram:

@jon_williams_potter and @sarah_monk_ceramics are two talented and passionate pottery artists who owns the @eastnorpottery ! Follow and check out their work people 😊. Loved the workshop we attended and Jon is an excellent and patient teacher 👨‍🏫 ❤️

Once we’re out of Lockdown and can gather in small groups again, why not consider a pottery experience as a creative and meaningful family activity. You don’t have to do a whole day either – our 1.5 hr Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel ticks all the boxes too!

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hen on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshirehappy hen party at eastnor pottery herefordshire group photoWe had so much fun with Emma and her bunch of merry hens!

The Welsh girls had ventured into Herefordshire for the whole weekend, leasing a large house as their base for numerous activities and field trips. Pottery featured high on the list and the organiser Sian managed to keep the visit to Eastnor a total surprise from the bride to be.

Emma took to the wheel first and made some hilarious miss-shapes before settling on a lovely little pot, applauded and appreciated by her watching friends.

We had three wheels on the go so all the party managed to make their shapes before painting them all together chatting and laughing around the table. We’ll fire and glaze the vessels in time for Emma’s wedding later this month.

If you want a totally unique and creative hen party experience then please check out our hen party packages for large groups and not so large groups!

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70 year old makes pottery with her family at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

70 year old makes pottery with her family at eastnor pottery in herefordshireYou never too old or too young for a pottery birthday party!

A few weeks back, Pat and her grown-up children all made pots on the potter’s wheel to celebrate her special day.

They all had so much fun ‘performing’ for each other on the wheel before the social activity of painting their freshly thrown creations around the table.

Birthday girl helen celebrates 30th birthday at Eastnor Pottery HerefordshirePeople of all ages celebrate their birthdays with us here at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter.

Helen and her family opted for our 1.5hr shared potter’s wheel experience to mark her 30th. The six adults took turns on the wheel, each person making three or four pots.  Those resting from the wheel offered words of encouragement or simply giggled at their potting partners, wrestling with the spinning clay. One thing was certain, and everybody agreed,  the activity made for a great spectator sport!

We’ll fire and glaze the party’s pots ready for the group to collect in a month’s time, the ceramic keepsakes serving as a permanent reminder of Josie’s special day.

team photo from helens 30th pottery session at  Eastnor Pottery