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Gotherington Primary Collaborative Clay Owl

I’ve just spent three days working with the lovely children and staff at Gotherington Primary School in Gloucestershire. We made ‘canopic’ individual jars, a collaborative owl and a fabulous tile panel to be installed in the reception area to welcome guests and visitors.

Considering how excited they were to be working with clay, the children were extremely well behaved – to use an old cliche; a real credit to the school.

Boys Brigade EventCheck out these lovely clay creations made by participants at a huge Boys Brigade event in Cheltenham last weekend.

Companys from Swindon, Cheltenham and Gloucester enjoyed a human, table-football game, paper crafts and of course pottery courtesy of yours truly.

Clay Leaf made at Hesters Way Pottery Workshop, with Jon WilliamsI had a trip down memory lane last week. As a boy I used to visit my grandparents who lived near Hesters Way in Cheltenham. I was delighted to be contacted by the local primary school and a little intrigued to see what I remembered of the area.

In the end, I spent two rewarding days working with the whole school creating a couple of oak tree tile panels which will eventually adorn an exterior wall of the school building.

I also delivered a parent & child session and actually got to meet the family who currently live in my grandparents old house. How cool!

After I’d finished at the school, I did go and take a peek at the property but stopped short of banging on the door and asking to be invited in for a cuppa! There were a few features I recognised from the 70’s (the iron porch poles my brother & myself used to climb) but apart from that the place had been ‘modernised’ beyond recognition. The car is certainly king in Barbridge road with nearly all the lawns and tendered flowerbeds of my youth replaced with concrete. Hmmm, sounding a bit like a lamenting old fart now, time to sign off! 

Loved working at the school though and hopefully will be back there before too long.

pottery workshops at cheltenham literature festival 2011 led by eastnor pottery & the flying potterThe Cheltenham Literature Festival came to an end on Sunday – as did my series of pottery workshops in The Sky Arts Den.

Over 20 participants, young & old crammed into the space for the last coil pot session. Once again the quality of clay outcome was fabulous.

Please take a look at the photos.

family pottery workshops at sky arts den cheltenham literature festival 2011Spent an afternoon in the company of some lovely people who had signed up for a pottery workshop at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The clay session took place in the Sky Arts Den on the main Festival site – just one of a rich variety of workshops and performances open to the festival going public.

You can sample Hip Hop Shakespeare, swing dancing, watercolour painting and of course Pottery with Jon The Potter!

If you are visiting the festival over the coming week it’s well worth popping into The Sky Arts Den – you never know what you might discover!