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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

What colour are you?

Fantastic tiles made at Eastnor Pottery by Mira Teambuilding participants

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”

Tile made by Mira shower executive at Eastnor Pottery Mira Showers at Eastnor Pottery for teambuild

 

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