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.
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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 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.”
Our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Squirrel Away photos on Facebook
Next Workshop: 17th February 2016