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The Enormous Turnip

Young girl learning to make pottery on the potter's wheel at Eastnor PotteryChildren’s potter’s wheel workshop sessions in the ½ term Holiday – 25th October 2017

As October half term rapidly approaches, we are delighted to announce details of our fun and creative children’s pottery workshop sessions planned for Wednesday 25th October.

The tale of the Enormous Turnip will provide the autumnal inspiration with participants each taking a turn on the potter’s wheel to make a trug for their root vegetable.

Instead of pulling handles, the children will ‘pull’ turnips from the earth! ;)

One at a time, they will sample the delights of the potter’s wheel, taking their little pot back to the table to be filled with hand-modelled Autumnal fare.

The children will be using terracotta clay and their fired creations will be ready for collection from the Pottery approx. one month later.

Sessions are designed for two age groups although younger and older siblings will never be turned away: 11.30am-1pm 4-8YRS and 2-3.30pm 9-12YRS. Places cost £15 per child with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone or email booking essential. 01531 633886 admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

Look back at the Summer…

Child receiving potter's wheel tuition at Eastnor PotteryIt sure was a busy one and we’ve had so much fun working with each and every one of our wonderfully creative visitors – thanks for coming! :)

We always ask if customers don’t mind posing for a photo or two, documenting their time spent with us. Think we managed to snap most of them:

Summer hols 2017 week one.

Summer hols 2017 week two

Summer hols 2017 week three

Summer hols 2017 week four & five

Summer hols 2017 week six

tHREE GENERATIONS OF SAME FAMILY MAKING POTTERY AT EASTNOR POTTERY

customer making a pot on the potter's wheel at Eastnor Pottery Summer 2017 Family of three make pottery at Eastnor Pottery in the Summer holidays 2017

The power of print

Eastnor Pottery leaflet courses and workshops 2017We’ve noticed a sharp increase in holiday makers beating a path to the Pottery this Summer. Keen to ascertain how and why, we gently probe our visitors to find out how they heard of our fabulous potter’s wheel and clay modeling experiences.

We invest a lot of time on social media so it’s no surprise customers often respond with “oh we found you on the internet” or “we just typed in things to do in Herefordshire” However, more and more customers have picked up one of our leaflets in a hotel, visitor center or supermarket.

Our current leaflet was designed by Reeves Design and has certainly proved to be an attractive and eye-catching flyer. But, as any marketing bod will tell you it’s not much good having excellent promotional material if nobody is going to see it!

This is the first season we have used the Cheltenham based distribution company Glide Media and I must say, we are very impressed with the service. We receive regular up-dates with graphs, charts and information keeping us informed of stock levels in the various venues and outlets. Well done Glide and we’ll definitely be signing up again in 2018.

Literature, science and clay

Attaching #clay #leaves to our #hayfestival #trees #forest #hay30 @hayfestival @bbcgetcreative @bbcarts #herefordshire

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We’ve been on the festival circuit of late providing top quality, fun and engaging pottery sessions for guests and visitors at some of the most reputed events in the UK.

At the tail end of May, we spent three busy and enjoyable days at The Hay Festival of literature on the Herefordshire/Wales boarder. One of the global themes at the Festival was ‘Trees’. Graphic designer and kids zone producer Aine Venables produced stunning branding and motifs made up of stylised bows, birds and foliage. This was displayed through-out the festival site and on promotional material and signage.

In discussion with Aine, we proposed a collaborative project where by participants co-create clay trees adorned with hand modeled bugs and forest creatures.

By way of introduction, I threw a pot on the potter’s wheel, the form rapidly turning into a tree trunk before the appreciative audience. The accumulative results looked amazing, especially once we added hazel twigs to simulate the branches. Families and individuals squashed clay leaves to the branches to complete the visual effect.

By the end of our three day residency we had produced no less then x9 collaborative trees with an abundance of woodland creatures peeping out amongst the undergrowth. We love it when participants bring their own interests into the clay modeling and if one scruitenised the collaborative work, you might well encounter the odd t-rex, unicorn and tractor!

A few days later we found ourselves at the Cheltenham Science Festival working with quite literally thousands of children and families all eager to try their hand at clay work. We had been invited to facilitate clay sessions in the MakerShack, a large, interactive space with separate stations and a host of different science related activities for visitors to engage with.

We were situated next to the digital printing stand – pointing up the similarities between ancient clay construction techniques and those of the ultra modern. We encouraged visitors to our stand to make mini coil pots by curling thin rolled snakes of clay around a small paper cone. The digital printers created 3D form  by layering synthetic material. Very similar making techniques – just different tools!

The residency at the Science Festival lasted six days and we helped approx 1000 visitors a day create coiled cones and watch them transform into penguins, flowers and elephants to name but a few project interpretations.

We’re hiring again!

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!

 

 

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