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Jon’s been working with Gifted and Talented art students from John Masefield High School in Ledbury for some time now. The ceramic outcome – a stunning, collaborative wall panel installed near the main hall.

We always allow ourselves 2-3 weeks to dry, fire and glaze the children’s work from our fab themed holiday workshops. Once they emerge from the kiln, the sculptures are arranged on the table in alphabetical order ready for ‘collection weekend’.

They always look so stunning ‘en mass’ I’m sure you’ll agree.

The next children’s workshops take place this week, on Wednesday the 2nd, and Thursday the 3rd of June, and include a go on the potter’s wheel. “Surf’s Up” provides the theme and inspiration.

The week prior to the Easter holidays I had a lovely couple of days working with the children and staff at Welland Primary School, please see previous blog entry: http://eastnorpottery.blogspot.com/2010_04_01_archive.html

The giraffe was the final piece to emerge from the kiln. These wonderful creatures were exhibited at the Spring Gardening Show at the Malvern Showground, at the beginning of May, where I ran workshops for three days. Please see the following link for more information: http://www.threecounties.co.uk/springgardening/schools-gardens.html.

After that the animals will be delivered to the school their final resting place, acting as a permanent reminder of what can be achieved by teamwork.

One of eight lovely gargoyle wall planters produced by Holyoakes Field PRU, ready for delivery back to the school.

On completion of residencies I ask schools and venues to complete an evaluation questionnaire.

Q:Did the project live up to expectations?

A:Totally! The whole week was fantastic – the children and staff were engaged and learning. Our children are difficult to engage but they were absorbed by the whole process and worked well the entire week. You could have spent a month here and it wouldn’t have been enough!


D3 are an events company based here in Eastnor. The business specialises in ‘outdoor’ themed activities – zip wire, off roading, that type of thing. Sunday the 11th of October sees the inaugural mud runner race www.mudrunner.co.uk a 6 mile cross country dash across some of the most gruelling terrain here on the Eastnor Castle estate.
Rather than present participants with a regular medallion, the team decided to make their own medals, pressed from terracotta clay…and here they are, 460 ‘chocolate bars’ all waiting to be fired in our kilns.