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Clay for couples

recently married couple get messy with clay on a potter's wheel workshop at eastnor pottery in West Midlands

The end of the school summer holidays heralds a new group of visitors to the Shire! 

Couples and groups of adults descend on the county to enjoy the beautiful Autumnal scenery, the bustling market towns and idyllic villages.

Most of them book an activity of some description to punctuate their visit, and, it appears pottery is high on their list of adventures!

If you are planning a rural, creative break in Herefordshire then please check out our dedicated website page for couples and small groups.

Young couple on honeymoon make arty keep sakes on the potter's wheel at Eastnor Potterymaking pottery is such fun at eastnor pottery & the flying potterCelebration for 50th birthday at Eastnor Pottery

 

Another satisfied customer!

freshly hand thrown pot made on the potter's wheelNot ones to blow our own trumpet ;) but….. we just had to share this lovely, positive feedback from one of our workshop participants posted on TripAdvisor:

“Having exhausted all options in and around the Cotswolds for family activities, we looked a little further afield and as I had tried, and failed to use a potters wheel at school, I knew my children (ages 15 & 9) would have fun making a mess – if not an actual pot!

Jon and the team were ready and waiting after booking only a few hours before and we arrived after a very pleasant 50 minute drive from Stow on the Wold.

We chose to go with the make, paint and bake option which enables you to throw a pot, glaze it and have it fired in a kiln for collection later as it takes some time to dry, before it can be fired. We chose to make medium sized pots.

We had an absolute blast! Aimee our instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and patient and we each took a turn to start, restart :) and complete a pot at the wheel. This also meant we were able to learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. We had around 45 minutes each at the wheel but there was no rush at all which was really nice.

Complimentary refreshments were provided and once we had our finished pieces, they were dried for a while before we started painting on the glaze(s).

We were all quite proud of our creations by the time we had finished – about 3 hours after we arrived. Having done just about everything we can find to do in the Cotswolds, Eastnor Pottery was, without doubt, one of the most enjoyable activities we have done. I particularly like the fact that anyone from 3 to 103 can enjoy it together, as it requires no real physical ability, just a bit of patience and enthusiasm, and in my case also a sense of humour.

I really cannot wait to go back and have another go and my children and mother feel the same – fantastic fun come rain or shine and you leave with a genuine sense of achievement, having learned something new in a creative environment.

My only tip is to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little mucky, although we came away actually quite clean. Very highly recommended – we are definitely going back next time we visit the Cotswolds.”

Christmas opening times

eastnor pottery sign in the snow December 2017If you are looking to make a little pottery over the Christmas holidays or need to bring the family together for a bit of creative fun, our opening hours are as follows:

Tuesday 19th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 20th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Thursday 21st Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Friday 22nd Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Saturday 23rd Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Sunday 24th Dec CLOSED

Monday 25th Dec CLOSED

Tuesday 26th Dec CLOSED

Wednesday 27th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Thursday 28th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Friday 29th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Saturday 30th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Sunday 31st Dec – Friday 5th January CLOSED

Saturday 6th Jan OPEN 10am – 4pm

As always, please telephone or email to check availability before you travel.

Variety is the spice…

Hand made mug made by workshop participant at Eastnor Pottery in West MidlandsEach pot made on a potter’s wheel by a first time participant is totally unique. The shape is as individual to its maker as their very own fingerprint – everybody holds their hands in a different way.

Once participants have experienced the joys of making a pot, they are offered the opportunity to further individualise their freshly thrown ware by decorating with coloured slips and underglazes.

The variety of approach to colour and theme is awe inspiring. Just take a look at the multitude of effects (and shapes) of these recently fired & glazed customer creations.

A sample of Eastnor Pottery’s customers creations made on the potter’s wheel and hand decorated.

Easter Holiday Makers

Family showing off their pottery skills at Eastnor PotteryHats off to all the lovely families, couples and individuals who took a creative journey in clay with us over the Easter break. We salute your creativity and flair for the mucky stuff!

Good work on the mugs, plates, dragons, owls, elephants, cats, dogs, ducks, fruits, gnomes and pretty much the blooming kitchen sink!

The makers

Fired examples of what they made

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