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Returning to Eastnor Pottery for more Work Experience over Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were delighted to welcome back work experience student Evie over the Christmas holidays. Back in 2012 Evie spent a week with us, helping out with workshops in educational and community settings. As a fully fledged sixth former, Evie is persuing a career in the creative industries. We asked if she wouldn’t mind writing a few words about her influences and the work she produced at the Pottery this time around:

I am currently completing my A-levels and am in the process of applying to university to study Fine Art. Right now in Art, I am conducting a personal investigation into the Cornish town of St Ives and the work and style of its artists, after spending many happy childhood holidays there. In particular, I am studying the work of Ben Nicholson, an iconic British artist that is mostly known for his Cubist still life compositions. I love the rough and unpolished nature behind Nicholson’s work and his reduction to simplistic forms. In these various sized bowls I created at Eastnor Pottery I have tried to recreate the weathered surfaces and colour palette that Nicholson took inspiration from within St Ives. Having done work experience at the pottery in 2012, it sparked an interest for me in ceramics, which I hope to pursue at university. Jon has been kind enough to let me return and develop my understanding of ceramics and experiment with different techniques until now, unfamiliar to me. Previously my practice has been drawing which offers precision and accuracy; however I have really enjoyed the unpredictable and challenging nature of working with clay.

Good luck with the application process Evie!

Finished Animal Project with Eastnor Pottery           More Finished Pottery Art Pieces with Eastnor Pottery

So so busy towards the back end of the Summer term we didn’t get the chance to publish some of the amazing pottery projects we undertook with schools and early year’s settings, in and around the West Midlands. Here are a couple of examples:
King Edward VI School Aston in Birmingham held their Festival of Cultures event on the 3rd July 2015. We worked with groups of boys enabling them to realize some of their creative aspirations in clay.
Elmley Castle First School near Evesham Worcester invited Jon the Potter to work with the children to make a collaborative 3D clay sculpture based upon their natural environment and personal interests.

Herefordshire business welcomes work experience studentsThis MSJ student spent a week with us in June, accompanying us in schools and experiencing the ups and ups ;) of running a small but perfectly formed creative business!

She was a delight to have about the place and we’d employ her at the drop of a hat if she ever wanted to seek employment in the participatory arts – Well done ‘M’ :)

Pottery project with herefordshire youth clubRecently delivered this magnificent coat of arms created by the young people at Barons Cross Youth Centre nr Leominster.

The ceramic crest was created in the depths of winter as part of the influential and socially beneficial Yart project facilitated by Brightstripe.

 

Work experience placements at Eastnor Pottery HerefordshireEach year we are pleased to host work experience students from any one of the local High Schools.

This year, Charlie from John Kyrle High School in Ross on Wye joined us for a week. So far Charlie has glazed work, made a 100 clay bees, unpacked a kiln and had a go on the potter’s wheel.

Here he is working on a self initiated ‘poppy seed head’ T-pot.