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Sarah Williams works with student from Alderman Knight Special School at Eastnor PotteryClay is such an accessible material, whatever your age or ability you can make your mark.

Its universal appeal makes it an excellent material for children with additional educational needs to work with and express themselves.

In the week leading up to half term we were fortunate to welcome students from two local special schools to our studio.

Sarah has been working with Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury to create a Cheshire Cat tile panel and although most of her sessions have taken place at school, staff agreed it would be beneficial for the students to create some of the tiles at Eastnor Pottery.

Two days later we entertained students from The Vale of Evesham School. Each year Ms Barton drives her class of between 10-14 students over the boarder to make coil pot mugs with us. These are then fired, glazed and collected by the whole class in time for Mother’s Day – the perfect handmade gift.

Students and staff from Alderman Knight School visit Eastnor Pottery to work on Cheshire Cat tile panel clay snake made by Alderman Knight student

Blank wall in Tewkesbury ready for a ceramic wall panel made by Alderman Knight School and Eastnor PotteryWe are delighted to be working in partnership with Project Alleycat and Alderman Knight Special School in Tewkesbury to produce a fabulous ceramic art work. A giant tile panel in the shape of the Cheshire Cat will be created by students at the school and will adorn the wall in Warders Alley in the town.

If you don’t know, Tewkesbury is famed for its many historic alley ways connecting the main streets. Warder’s alley runs from High St by M & Co. The front was rebuilt in the 1970’s in concrete. It is not an attractive site, and has problems with puddles and no lighting – perfect to be livened up with an eye catching ceramic wall mural.

During the next couple of months, Sarah will be visiting Alderman Knight to work with groups of pupils. The students will also get the opportunity to visit Eastnor Pottery to work on the design.

The scheme is being generously funded by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust.

It’s that time again for all the schools in Worcestershire to exhibit and take pride in all their creative exploits from the academic year.

Redditch Primary School works with Eastnor Pottery and Flying Potter to produce Ceramic Tile Panel

Voices and visions 2016 takes place at Worcester  Cathedral for the next three weeks and show cases all the artistic talent from the county’s schools and colleges.

We are proud to have partnered at least two Worcestershire Schools represented at this year’s show.

In April we worked with Holyoaks First School, Redditch and Bengeworth Academy, Evesham to help them realize some fantastic clay and ceramic art works.

Jon Williams the Flying Potter works with Bengeworth Primary School to make Dream Pots and Jars

We produced a couple of collaborative oak tree wall panels with Holyoaks with every child in the school making and painting a clay leaf.

The school did an excellent job of mounting the tiles on some rather wonderfully painted boards – good work you guys.

 

Holyoaks Primary School in Redditch worked with Eastnor pottery and the Flying Potter to make tree shaped tile panel

Jon worked with YR1 at Bengeworth on a range of collaborative, terracotta dream pots and bottles inspired by Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant. – BFG!

Catch these amazing ceramic masterpieces at the Cathedral from 14th May till 12th June 2016

Over the past few months we’ve been visited on occasion by a High School student studying for her Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

Clemmie has been trying her hand at several pottery techniques including the potter’s wheel, coil pots and pinch pot sculpture to fulfill the ‘Learn a new skill’ section of the qualification.

Duke Of Edinburgh New Skill Throwing on Potter's Wheel learnt at Eastnor PotteryCoil pot made by Duke of Edinburgh Participant at Eastnor Pottery for New Skills section

Ceramic Biscuit Holder Vale of Evesham School at Eastnor PotteryEvery year in the Spring, The Vale of Evesham School visit us here in Eastnor to create coil pot creations to be fired and glazed in time for Mother’s Day.

This student was so inspired by one of Sarah’s toast racks, he produced his very own, slightly smaller interpretation, designed to hold biscuits.

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Toast Rack with Bee decorations made by Eastnor Pottery Co-Owner Sarah Monk Williams