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sarah monk from eastnor pottery

sarah monk from eastnor pottery

Eastnor Pottery’s Co-Director Sarah Monk been featured in a lovely online magazine! It’s called Emerging Potters and contains 35 pages of ceramic artists, gallery news and book reviews.

Paul Bailey, the editor asked her six questions: how she got into ceramics, a bit about Eastnor Pottery, her influences, where she sells, how does she use social media and her observations of how pottery has changed in the last 5 years. Paul has put her answers into a beautifully written three page article.

The feature can be found in the April to June copy, Issue 18. The magazine is produced quarterly on the ISSUU platform. Paul is very happy to send a copy if you email: paulbailey123@googlemail.com

You can also follow Emerging Potters on Instagram here!

Thanks Paul!!!!

Community apprentice job opportunity at Eastnor Pottery West MidlandsWe’ve teamed up again with those lovely people at Creative Alliance to offer an exciting job opportunity.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our small but perfectly formed creative business as a Community Arts Apprentice. You will be assisting in educational workshops in schools, community settings and here at the studio. You will be given full, on the job training in pottery techniques including the potter’s wheel, eventually being able to instruct our customers and workshop participants. The role will also require you to assist in a range of other duties including; helping with glazing, packing kilns, general office administration and gardening.

Both our previous apprentices have gone on to secure full time and part time employment with us having completed their one year apprenticeship.

Don’t delay – apply here!

 

 

Jon Williams' finished clay bees made for Creative Black Country

Back in the depths of Winter Jon was approached by Creative Black Country to contribute a work of art for a field of ceramic flowers, being ‘grown’ by community groups in West Bromwich and the surrounding area.

He submitted several ideas, but the one that really captured the imagination of CBC was a swarm of touch sensitive ceramic bees that buzzed when handled.

Jon’s practice is interactive and playful and the more layers of engagement the better. FAB LAB were the technology collaborators on this occasion with the outstanding problem solving capabilities of Anne Scrimshaw playing a huge part in the project.

The bees are a development of his work on the Random String project with Ludicrooms and a more recent collaboration with creative technologist Ashley James Brown.

The bees were also featured on BBC Midlands today.

Jon showing how to throw a bee on the Potter's Wheel   Jon Williams being interviewed for BBC Midlands Today   Satnam Rana learning to throw on the Potter's Wheel at EP Central

Celebrating 40 years of The Prince's Youth Business Trust Jon Williams and Sarah Monk Throwing Together Circa 1995

A heartfelt congratulations to The Princes Trust as it celebrates 40 years of helping disadvantaged young people in a myriad of different ways.

When Sarah and myself graduated in 1992 we were given tremendous support and financial assistance to help kick start our businesses.

A generous setting-up grant from The Princes Youth Business Trust enabled us to purchase a brand new kiln and a couple of Shimpo potter’s wheels at a time when we had very little resources. In fact, we would never have been able to make the kind of impact we did at such an early point in our careers without the help of the Trust.

Thank you HRH, we are big fans!

Fantastic Plate made at Eastnor Pottery Fantastic Thrown Masterpiece by customer at Eastnor Pottery Careful hands on the potter's wheel at Eastnor Pottery

The BBC have commissioned a second series of the ever popular Great British Pottery Throwdown … Hurrah!

Group Shot of Great Pottery Throw Down Judges and Participants

As a result, they are currently scouring the country for new contestants. Do you think you have what it takes to make Keith cry? ;)

Over the past 20 years we’ve welcomed literally tens of thousands of clay enthusiasts and workshop participants through the door – surely one or two of you lovely potters fancy a bit of prime time TV coverage?! – Go on – what have you got to loose?

Applications can be downloaded here.

painted clay pots made on the potter's wheel by a beginner                 Beautifully Thrown and Decorated Pot made by Eastnor Pottery Customer