The 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
A team of 30 employees from Mira Showers visited the Pottery to creatively explore ideas about how individuals operate within an organisation.
The team had spent the morning at the office working with their Insights Discovery profiles to help them better understand themselves and their colleagues to improve overall team performance.
After lunch, they made the short journey to Eastnor Pottery to interpret what they had learnt about themselves in clay.
Each participant made and painted an individual tile as well as each taking a turn on the potter’s wheel.
Once the tiles have been fired and glazed, they will be hung in the Marketing department back at Company HQ, as a permanent reminder of the teambuilding event and the importance of working as a group.
The afternoon was hailed a success and this is what Marketing Director Craig Baker had to say about their Eastnor Pottery experience:
“A huge thank you for such an enjoyable day yesterday. The whole team was fully engaged and we have had some great feedback. We are all looking forward to putting our installation together”
Team Artrix visited us on Monday for a pottery team build and a spot of lunch.
The morning was divided into collaborative and individual clay work – the afternoon, fuelled by Potter’s Wheel fun and games.
Follow the link to see more photos from the day’s creative endeavours.
Our small but perfectly formed team headed to Leominster in January for a spot of CPD with storyteller and writer Carol Graham.
She put together a morning of literary activities and exercises designed to develop and explore our creative writing skills. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time with Carol and my personal favourite with reference to the editing process:
‘Words are like clay, you can add to them or take them away to create an effect’
Ethan recently sampled the delights of RAKU firing with our friend and fellow potter Bill Moore in North Somerset. We first met Bill as undergraduate ceramics students. Sarah and myself studied at Bath, whilst Bill developed his potting skills down the road at Bristol. Post graduation we used to employ Bill’s exceptional throwing skills if we had a large order of pots to full-fill. Details of Bill’s classes can be seen by visiting his Clayability website.
This is what Ethan is what he had to say about his experience:
“I was immediately excited because ever since starting pottery as an apprentice here just over two years ago, I have had a fascination with the striking glazes that come from Raku firings. The day exceeded all my expectations tenfold. First of I have to thank Bill for giving me so much information throughout the day, and thanks to John as well as they were both such nice people to spend the day with. All of my pots despite a couple of breaks through the process came out better than I could of hoped for and will make fantastic gifts for my family at Christmas. These were by far my best pots to date and I want to keep them close to myself and family to cherish them for a long while as a reminder where I have started. I plan to keep exploring the huge world of raku glazing as its random effects and spectral range of colours are just what I want from a glaze. Unexpected results from an unexpected day.”