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Pottery making vouchers – make someone happy :)

Pottery experience vouchers from Eastnor Pottery and the flying potter

What do you get a loved one who has everything?

The experience market has positively blossomed in recent years as we all attempt to fill our leisure time with meaningful and very often creative activities.

It’s no surprise then we’ve seen more and more individuals and families gifting each other pottery experience vouchers for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.

Aspiring potters and visitors to our Herefordshire studio are not only creating a tangible object to be proud of, the process of making has therapeutic benefits too. Co-coordinating eye, hand and speed of the potter’s wheel leaves very little mental capacity to dwell on anything other than the task in hand – quite literally! All that other ‘stuff’ fizzing around participants heads fades away and a state of mindfulness ensues – just like meditating!

Workshop participants are also making memories. Our staff strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, perfect for friends and family to catch-up and unwind and get their creative juices flowing. The expert guidance and positive facilitation enable visitors to thrive and create that ‘special’ piece or family heirloom. Once it has been fired and glazed, the artifact serves as a permanent reminder of time spent together doing something creative and ultimately rewarding.

We offer gift vouchers to whatever value you would like to spend. For instance, a £20 experience will enable the lucky maker to throw a pot on the wheel, decorate it with coloured slip and then leave it to be fired and glazed. A voucher to the value of £130 will enable the recipient to play with clay on the potter’s wheel for a whole day, inclusive of a delicious lunch.

All in all, making pottery is good for you and what better way to show your appreciation for a loved one than presenting them with an Eastnor Pottery Experience Voucher this Christmas.

You can purchase our vouchers online, right here.

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.”

Big family get-together

Three generations of the same family make pottery at Eastnor Pottery in the West MidlandsThree generations of the same family were all in the same place at the same time here at the Pottery in the Summer hols. No mean feat when you consider some family members live in Singapore.

The eighteen participants each created and painted a pinch-pot sculpture.

If you’ve got a big family celebration coming up, you know where to come! Details right here.

Minimoons ‘R’ us!

Young couple on honeymoon make arty keep sakes on the potter's wheel at Eastnor PotteryWe loved working with these newly weds who apart from making some super pots, introduced us to the concept of the Mini-moon.

After all the extravagance and cost of the big day, more and more couples are opting for a shorter honeymoon break.

This couple worked with us on the Tuesday and then went foraging with Wild Food UK on Wednesday before heading back to Harrow later in the week.

If you and your partner have something to celebrate and fancy getting creative with clay then please take a look at our pottery projects specially designed for couples.

Happy days at Hellens

child showing his clay fish made at hellens garden festival 2018

Always a joy to be working the idyllic grounds of Hellens near Much Marcle.

Every year the beautifully tended house and grounds are the setting for a Garden Festival open to the general public. More often than not we’re asked to provide ‘make and take away’ clay workshops for young visitors and their families.

This year Aimee and Immy were in attendance on the Saturday and Sarah took up the reins on Sunday.

Over the two days, countless participants made pinch pot fish to take home to paint.

clay fish drying on a board in herefordshire garden festival

Here’s a small selection left with us whilst their makers enjoyed the rest of the show without having o lug their creations around with them. Pleased to report all the fish were collected at the end of the event.

If you took part in the drop-in workshops and managed to paint your creation we’d love it if you could email us a picture: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

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