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The boy done good!

Ethan unpacking kiln at Eastnor Pottery

Some of customers over the past four years or so will remember throwing pots under the tutorage of one of our staff members called Ethan.

Ethan joined us in 2012 as a fresh faced Community Arts Apprentice having never thrown a pot in his life. As part of his training we encouraged him to spend at least an hour a day on the potter’s wheel perfecting his technique. In a short space of time he was proficient enough to work with our customers, and was so smitten with the clay, established a studio at home.

Such was his rapid development and interest in pottery, after he finished his year-long apprenticeship we were able to offer him full time employment as a workshop facilitator here at Eastnor Pottery.

Fast forward to April 2018 and Ethan has nearly completed the first year of a BA Hons Ceramics course at Cardiff Metropolitan University!

Throwing is still very important to his making and he’s been making some pretty handsome forms decorated by way of a technique called naked raku.

More examples of Ethan’s work can be seen here.

CPD clay skills

Staff from Dean Close School Cheltenham learn pottery skills at Eastnor PotteryThese three teachers from Dean Close Co-Educational Independent School in Cheltenham came and spent a day with us in November learning about clay and making techniques.

This is what they had to say about their experience:

“We all learnt so much and helped us to reinforce the basics whilst giving us the confidence to pass our knowledge onto the children we teach.

A highlight had to be throwing a pot! We all loved it and can’t wait to get practicing.

Sarah and Jon were so friendly and welcoming and their experience and knowledge was excellent. Thank you both so much.”

Three months in….

Community arts apprentices Aimee and Immy at Eastnro PotteryWe are delighted at how well Aimee and Immy have settled into life here at Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter. In fact the pair are positively flying!

As well as all the wedging, fettling, kiln packing and cleaning, the girls have become very proficient at making pots on the potter’s wheel. So much so we haven’t had any hesitation in letting them share their new found talents with customers of all ages and abilities.

community arts apprentice Aimee instructing a course participant

Community arts apprentice Immy instructing a potter's wheel participant

Away-day art

Creative agency celebrate their 11th birthday at Eastnor PotteryPink Green celebrated their 11th birthday in a very creative and art inspired fashion here in Eastnor a few weeks ago. The Newbury based creative agency checked into the Pottery first thing to make a collaborative clay work before taking turns on the five potter’s wheels we’d supplied for their enjoyment.

Next, the team headed for Eastnor Castle for a spot of lunch and afternoon sketching, facilitated by OldAshArt

If you’re planning an away day or breakout session and would like something challenging and creative to do, then why not take a spin on the potter’s wheel and discover your inner potter.

We have off the peg packages starting at just £15 per head but also have the flexibility and creative flair to tailor a project to suit your company’s requirements.

Please give us a call to discuss your special organisational make! Please tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk and ask for Jon the Potter.

Corporate team event at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter making pots on the potter's wheelCompany make pottery on the potter's wheel to celebrate 11 years in business

Meeting room & breakout fun

Pottery activity makes for a brilliant team building eventThe extra studio space afforded by our bakeoff style ‘Potting Tent’ marquee has come in very useful of late. We are able to run separate events and workshops co-currently, effectively doubling our capacity.

A few weeks ago a local housing association organisation booked a half day potter’s wheel teambuilding  session. When they made the initial enquiry, they asked if we had conferencing facilities at the Pottery. Our ‘can do’ approach prevailed and we invited team leaders to check out our facilities. They were so wowed with the atmosphere and creative environment, they booked the Potting Tent conferencing suite for x2 department’s team meetings on two separate days.

Both events went swimmingly with participants thoroughly enjoying our hospitality, lunch, refreshments and of course, the clay fueled fun on the potter’s wheel.

Here’s what they had to say about their Eastnor Pottery ‘corporate’ experience:

“Yes!!!!  From the moment I dropped in to speak to Sarah to make arrangements for our team away day, I knew I’d chosen the right place to hold our team event.  Having the use of the potting tent for our morning activities worked really well and everything was close to hand.  Food and refreshments were all first class.  Cannot fault anything.

Regarding the pot throwing experience, none of us had thrown a pot before, and after Jon’s careful and detailed instruction, we all managed to get something resembling a pot!   All of my team thought the day was fantastic and I know many of us went away and have recommended you to friends and family. 

Great fun making our selfies too!

Friendly, warm and welcoming to everyone.  Informative, encouraging, helpful and made it fun!  You made us all feel relaxed and at ease.  Thank you” Nikki

creative team building activity for business and organisations

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