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Herefordshire artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 2014 when the couple first moved to Eastnor in 1995

Herefordshire artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 2014 when the couple first moved to Eastnor in 1995

25 years ago to the day, two young pottery graduates from Bath arrived in Herefordshire to set up their studio on the idyllic Eastnor Castle Estate!

It’s safe to say the business has grown and developed in ways the couple could not have imagined when they took on the redundant farm building in which to make their ceramic artwork.

Not long after they arrived Jon and Sarah wrote an article for Ceramic Review:

artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk photographed in 1995 for ceramic review

 

Children sample the potter's wheel at Lakefest Festival Eastnor Herefordshire 2017As the Autumn evenings draw in and thoughts turn to indoor pursuits and activities, here’s a timely reminder of the clay, sun and summer fun we had in August at Lakefest.

We offered drop-in potter’s wheel sessions to festival goers, working with approximately 100 or so families and individuals over the weekend. We also took some lovely pics.Coule display their potter's wheel pots at Lakefest Festival in Herefordshire

Adults try the pottery wheel at Lakefest 2017 Eastnor

Families work with the Flying Potter at Eastnor CastleWe’ve been supplying family pottery events for the magnificent Eastnor Castle for 15 years and really look forward to working with their visitors and staff. We work with hundreds of participants a day in the Castle Courtyard and usually take the opportunity to make a collaborative sculpture. In the past we have made owls, totem poles and last year a brace or two of terracotta pheasants.

Small Alice in Wonderland themed tiles made with Eastnor Pottery for celebratory tea set                   Careful family collaboration for 150th anniversary tea set with Eastnor Pottery

This year we produced giant and collaborative t-cups and saucers in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The Castle are holding an Alice inspired event on the August Bank Holiday weekend and we’ll make sure the cups & saucers are available for visitors to marvel and enjoy. We will also ensure the magnificent collaborative T-pot made as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival will make an appearance.Families of all ages collaborate for giant 150th anniversary tea set          Eastnor Pottery and all ages create small tiles for giant tea set for 150th Alice in Wonderland anniversary