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The theatre of clay

Teambuilding exercises at Eastnor Pottery with Artrix TheatreTeam 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. Artrix Theatre working with Eastnor Pottery for a day of teambuilding activities

Creative writing morning

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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 does raku

Pots made by Ethan from Eastnor Pottery firing in Raku style workshop

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.

Ethan firing pots in Raku style

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.”

 

Ethan the Potter at Raku Workshop

Squrirel Away

 

Brilliant Pinch Pot Squirrel made at Eastnor Pottery Children's holiday workshopOur regular children’s workshops in October half term were a very autumnal affair with youngsters from around the three counties making clay squirrels, acorns and oak leaves.

All participants took a turn on the potter’s wheel as well as experiencing other making techniques.

Our next holiday workshops take place 17th Feb 2016 in half term. For more details and to reserve a place please contact the Pottery Tel: 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Squirrel Away photos on Facebook

Next Workshop: 17th February 2016

 

 

Through the Apprentice’s Eyes

digital apprentice Jack gets hands on with clay with a young pottery customerOnce a month we’re going to encourage Jack, our new Digital Marketing Apprentice to post on the Eastnor Pottery website about his exploits. Here’s what he had to say about September’s trials and tribulations:

After a wonderful warm welcome to the business back in August, I’ve seen just how much fun can be had at Eastnor Pottery. Talk about being dropped in the deep end, the last month has seen endless amounts of brilliant customers taking part in making their clay creations with the business’ busiest summer ever! Thankfully nothing has been too challenging and I’ve had a great time working with the drop-in groups as well as the social media and blog updates, such as scheduling the month’s entire blog posts and the new #PotterOfTheDay and #PotterOfTheWeek on Twitter. With two months under my belt now, I feel like a true Eastnor Pottery member and I’m certain the coming year will bring even more fun, especially the Mud Runner in October now all 2,500 Medals have been finished and popped in the kiln.

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