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close up of clay covered hands on the potter's wheel at eastnor potteryHaving worked with tens of thousands of people over a life-time of social engagement, Jon and Sarah have inspired countless individuals and groups to take up pottery.

Kelvin attended a Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course in October 2018. He was so inspired he spent the next year converting a garage into a pottery studio. He started throwing on the wheel in January this year and opened his kiln after it’s first firing at the beginning of July 2020. He contacted us during lock down to thank us for inspiring him and to share a couple of his creations with us – nice pots Kelvin!

 

happy potters wheel weekend course participant at eastnor pottery

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

It’s been a long time coming but at last customers can book one of our fab pottery experiences direct from our website. Hurrah! No need to email, no need to pick up the phone – clay is just a click away!

The following experiences can be purchased via the website:

Clay Modelling                                            £20

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel       £40

Potter’s Wheel Day Course                      £150

Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course           £280

Groups of x7 or more participants qualify for a group discount but will need to contact the Pottery via our contact form, email or by telephoning 01531 633886.

Thank you to Mike @bookinghound and Chris @infinityunlimited… for all their technical support and for making the magic happen!

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.

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.”

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