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hand modelled pottery cactus in a pot made at a family pottery class

Cactus are just so fashionable at the moment!  We’ve seen a fair few participants on our Experiences and Courses making pots specifically to display their spiky plants.

Pottery course participant has planted her hand made pot she made at Eastnor Pottery

Take Victoria for instance. She made this lovely little vase on our 1.5 hr Intro to the Potter’s Wheel class. Once she’d potted it up she took the time to send us a photo of her creation in it’s new home – thanks Victoria!

Victoria the cactus pot maker

Not only are workshop participants planting in their pottery, they are also creating ceramic cacti art. We love this carefully hand modelled and painted masterpiece made on a family clay modelling workshop.

hand modelled pottery cactus in a pot made at a family pottery class

potters wheel course participants at eastnor pottery herefordshiredisplay their wares

potters wheel course participants at eastnor pottery herefordshiredisplay their wares

We adore what we do and are extremely proud of our offering here at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter. But what we really really appreciate is the love and positivity reciprocated in the brilliant 5 Star reviews left by customers – warms the cockles!!

“We had so much fun making pottery with Jon and Sarah – their communication before and during our session was outstanding, the equipment was spotless and efficient, we really couldn’t recommend this enough!” BETH

“Sarah was a brilliant teacher and I would definitely recommend this experience. Really impressed with how well social distancing was catered for also!” HANNAH

“My partner and I had a fantastic morning with Sarah and Jon! The 1.5hr session on the potting wheel was brilliant, we both had a great time and learnt so much! Jon and Sarah were so friendly and welcoming. We’d love to return for the day-long session! Great value, well worth booking!” VICTORIA

“Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon experience. Very relaxing and exciting to create something (albeit wonky!) something I would love to do again” EMMA

“Four of us went together with essentially zero experience of throwing pots. However, we were extremely excited to go and had high expectations. From the start, the experience far exceeded what any of us expected. The pottery studio itself was lovely and easy to find. There were great examples of the work Jon and Sarah had completed previously on the shelves as well as examples of what we could make during our time. Jon was friendly and extremely helpful throughout and took the time to get to know us and find out our competencies and expectations. He was patient throughout and tailored his advice to how well we were managing to cope. He remained friendly throughout with a good sense of humour. The pottery experience itself was technically great. We all noticed big improvements even in the time we had there. Afterwards we all were sure we’d want to do more throwing in the future. It’s a shame we don’t live nearby or we’d be going back for regular classes with Jon. Despite only having gone 4 weeks ago the pots are already in the post to us and we can’t wait to see how they’ve turned out. All in all, a perfect airBnB experience and excellent value for money.” AARON

potter's wheel course participant making pottery on the potter's wheel

 

 

 

eastnor pottery course participant fired and glazed pot inspired by vincent van gogh

We believe everybody can learn how to make a pot on the potter’s wheel in one or two goes – honest! Once you understand the principle and the forces at work, it’s then just a case of practice practice practice!

Which is why we offer veterans of our one day and two day Potter’s Wheel Courses the opportunity to sign up for future courses at half price!

We have a growing number of potter’s wheel enthusiasts who regularly attend and in doing so have become very competent makers.

We ran a Weekend event in September filled exclusively with returning potter’s – just look at the amazing fired and glazed results!

fired and glazed thrown pottery made by participants on a weekend potter's wheel course at eastnor pottery

 

cheese dish by herefordshire potter sarah monk

cheese dish by herefordshire potter sarah monk

Sarah’s new designs are on display at Contemporary Ceramics Centre, the only retail Gallery in London specialising exclusively in British Studio Ceramics.

She has two new collections on show until the end of December 2020:

Breakfast Ware consisting of querky espresso cups, wobbly looking egg cups and an interesting collection of cereal bowls. The image above is a slipware cheesedish most definitely the biggest pinch pot item she’s made!!

Bathroom Ware consisting of hand built ceramic soap dishes of varying shapes and sizes, including her popular soap pillows and a selection of hand thrown toothbrush mugs.

hand made bathroom ceramics by herefordshire potter sarah monkcraft potters association logohand made egg cups and espresso mugs by eastnor potter sarah monk

The Gallery is run by the Craft Potters Association, of which Sarah has been a selected professional member for over 25 years. They set it up as a ‘benchmark for current practice in studio ceramics and with regularly changing display’  It’s always possible to purchase  a wide range of work from functional tableware to individual collectors pieces.

Sarah’s new work can be purchased from their own online shop here!

Sarah was also invited by Contemporary Ceramics Centre to write about her design process on their blogspot which can be viewed here!! It’s titled ‘In Conversation with Sarah Monk’.

Sarah also has a SHOP on her website and she will be stocking shelves very soon!

 

slipware pottery rabbit made by sarah monk from eastnor pottery herefordshire for easter bunny trail at puzzlewood

terracotta bunny rabbitt made by ceramic artist jon williams from eastnor potteryslipware pottery rabbit made by sarah monk from eastnor pottery herefordshire for easter bunny trail at puzzlewoodMaking ceramic bunnies is not Sarah and Jon’s usual bag, but when, Puzzle Wood asked Eastnor Pottery’s co-directors to take part in a Great Pottery Rabbit trail, they couldn’t resist the challenge!

Puzzle Wood is a magical ancient woodland in the Forest of Dean. It’s a great place to explore with the kids, as Sarah and Jon have done many times with their own children. It’s also a popular and famous TV and film location – Star Wars and Doctor Who to name but two!

All the local Potteries and Makers in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley were invited to make a ceramic rabbit to be hidden in Puzzlewood over the usually busy Easter weekend.

The Eastnor Potters started making their contributions back in February. Sarah decided to hand coil hers – a technique she hadn’t used for over 20 years, as she thought it would be fun to do something different. She used terracotta clay because of its deep, earthy colour fitting for a rich, earthy forest environment. Once built, she covered the whole rabbit in white slip and scratched simplified flowers into the surface. She then added splats of cobalt blue achieving a classic blue & white ceramic effect.

Jon chose to assemble his bunny from eight separate throw sections made on the potter’s wheel. He too used terracotta clay but didn’t add colour or glaze, opting instead for the natural colour of the fired terracotta.

Unfortunately because of COVID-19, Puzzle Wood remained closed to the public over Easter. Undeterred, they published The Great Puzzlewood Pottery Easter Trail online as a colouring competition instead. Participants could download line drawings of each bunny (different one each day) colour them in and submit them for judging. Some of the marvelous entries can be seen on Puzzlewood’s social media. Check out their TwitterFacebook and Instagram feeds.

Ceramic easter bunny colouring competition by puzzlewood gloucestershire