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eastnor pottery owners sarah monk and jon williams getting ready to reopen after lockdown

eastnor pottery owners sarah monk and jon williams getting ready to reopen after lockdownJust under three weeks to go before we welcome back all you aspiring potters and creatives! We are so looking forward to seeing you and have been beavering away making changes to products and studio spaces, all designed to make you feel confident to visit and comfortable whilst you’re here.

For those of you who haven’t had the good fortune to visit our wonderful studio on the idyllic Herefordshire Eastnor Castle Estate, we are blessed with bags of outside space. Whenever the weather permits we’ll be facilitating sessions in the garden and in our boutique ‘Potting Tent’ marquee.

The Potting Tent Marquee at Eastnor Potterykick wheel at eastnor pottery and the flying potter

If’ is looking chilly, we still have ample room in the Pottery to social distance a battalion of would be potters! Well not quite that many, but we are very confident in our planning and spacing. Inevitably, we’ll be seeing less of you as classes will be smaller. In fact, during July, we’re offering dedicated classes per booking. So, if you are a family or couple you’ll have your very own private session! Give us a call on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your session.

Here’s a list of other things we’re going to be doing to make people feel comfortable when they visit Eastnor Pottery.

  • To avoid handling cash and cards, we’re asking for full payment in advance of customer’s sessions – BACS our preferred method of payment and we’ll provide customers with our account details as soon as they are in the diary.
  • Customers will need to bring their own apron and old towel (sharing is fine). The clay doesn’t stain and washes out easily so wearing old clothes is perfectly acceptable too, but please don’t forget the towel!
  • We’ll be asking customers to arrive no earlier than 5 mins before their session starts. This will give plenty of opportunity for previous guests to finish their session and proceed on their merry way.
  • On arrival, customers will be directed to a waiting area and asked to wash their hands. Their experience will commence once the previous participants have departed and we’ve had opportunity to clean tools and prepare the wheel(s)
  • We’ve set up the furniture and potter’s wheels to account for the 2m social distancing rule and will be observing social distancing through-out the experience.
  • Sadly, the legendary complimentary cuppas and fresh coffee are on hold for the time being :( That said, customers are very welcome to bring their own beverages and water bottles.
clay pot in the hand made at eastnor pottery

sarah monk from eastnor pottery in the gardenWe are so fortunate here at Eastnor Pottery to be blessed with lots of outside space.

Once we start back on 1st July and weather permitting, we’ll be hosting many of our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel Classes on the pottery lawn or in the ‘Potting Tent’ marquee.

Now taking bookings on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you! :)

clay pot in the hand made at eastnor potterypotters hands at eastnor potteryclay pots drying in the potting tent marquee at eastnor pottery

happy potters at eastnor pottery herefordshire

happy potters at eastnor pottery herefordshire

We love our customers just as much as they love their Pottery Experience.

Here are a few reviews penned by some of our satisfied visitors this Autumn:

“Potter’s Wheel Experience was just what I was looking for. The setting was warm, homely, relaxing and zen. Everybody working there couldn’t have been nicer, frequently topping up teas and coffees. And Jon was an excellent tutor, not too hands on but there to assist when required” Tomas Nov 2019

“Jon and Sarah were wonderful and they really conveyed their passion for pottery. We came away with two completely different pots and both thoroughly enjoyed the session. Would highly recommend this workshop!” Sidney Nov 2019

“We did this experience as a surprise treat for a 70th birthday – it was a fun and interesting experience which went down very well. Our teachers demonstrated and explained very well the process of making a pot on a wheel and then glazing it. We were made very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed it.Peter Nov 2019
“It was an absolute pleasure to come to Eastnor pottery. The location is amazing and is very easy to find. The place it self is very cozy and comfortable. We were welcomed warmly by the team that was very passionate about what they do which very much rubs off on you when it’s your turn to do pottery. Sarah was absolutely fantastic teaching us the basics of pottery and your never left on your own. We left so thrilled and relaxed from our experience, and it’s all down to a brilliant team of happy people. Thank you very much” Alex and Becca Oct 2019

“Such a beautiful location and lovely people. So homely and welcoming we can’t wait to book again!” Cheryl Oct 2019

happy pottery experience participants“Sarah hosted our small group of 4, where 2 of the group were birthday girls and it was so much fun! We each took a turn at the wheel and Sarah was very helpful and encouraging, as a talented ceramicist herself, at helping get the best bowl, vase, candle holder or cup. After that we painted our creations and the range of colours was great. We can’t wait for our finished products to be sent to us in the post. We really had the best time and will definitely go again!” Guy & Kate Oct 2019
Thank you to all you 2019 potter’s who took the time to review us – we love you!

oak tree in the autumn at eastnor castle estateThursday is our making day when we work towards exhibitions, commissions or simply experiment with techniques and materials.

These days are so valuable and have become an essential part of our weekly routine. It’s like a mini, midweek holiday and we have taken to walking to the Pottery through the beautiful Eastnor Deer Park as part of our making day  ‘journey’.

A couple of Thursday’s ago our commute in the sunshine was particularly inspiring and we spent way too much time taking photos and soaking up the Autumnal colour.

Check out the Pottery instagram for more photos.

the old post office eastnorred phone box in the herefordshire village of eastnortwo oaks in eastnor castle deer parkeastnor pottery in the autumnal sunshine

 

couple watch each other make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshire

couple make pottery together at eastnor pottery

Did you know Pottery is the traditional 9th Wedding Anniversary gift? A lot of couples who visit us certainly do. Rather than purchasing a piece of Denby, increasing numbers of clayed-up couples are inspired to create a pottery masterpiece for each other.

As well as fashioning a ceramic keepsake, participants are also making memories. Jon, Sarah and all the Pottery team strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, perfect for catching-up, unwinding and getting the creative juices flowing. The expert guidance and positive facilitation enable you to thrive and create that ‘special’ piece.

Partners come from far and wide to fashion their loved one a commemorative vessel often spending a couple of days in the Shire. Not only do they get creative with clay at the Pottery, couples often spend a romantic weekend visiting other local attractions and restaurants.

Once the creations have been fired and glazed, the pottery ‘artyfacts’ can either be collected from the studio or posted out approx. one month later. Each piece serving as a permanent reminder of time spent together doing something creative and ultimately rewarding.

Here’s what a satisfied customer had to say about their making experience at Eastnor Pottery:

Wheel of fortune a delight!

My husband and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary by throwing a pot each and Sarah and the team at Eastnor Pottery ensured that it wasn’t at each other! My husband, slightly dubious at first, discovered a slumbering artistic talent and we had a fabulous time. I couldn’t rate this highly enough, great coffee, lovely, talented tutor, wonderful studio, and hopefully (in a few weeks when we collect them) amazing pots. THANK YOU”

With Christmas rapidly approaching and Valentine’s day just around the corner, why not treat yourself and your partner to a potter’s wheel experience. Mini classes start at £40 per person inclusive of potter’s wheel demonstration, one to one tuition, all materials and firing. Personalised gift vouchers can be purchased from the Pottery by calling 01531 633886 or emailing admin@eastnorpottery.co.ukcouple watch each other make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshirepottery workshop participants sharing the potter's wheel and a huge lump of clay at eastnor pottery west midlands