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cheltenham 6th former does work experience at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

cheltenham 6th former does work experience at eastnor pottery in herefordshireSay hello to Mac!

Mac, a 6th former at Bishop’s Cleeve High School in Cheltenham spent his work experience week with us in February.

We loved having him around the place and his enthusiasm and good nature made for a brilliant experience all round. At the end of the week we asked him to write a short review of his Eastnor Pottery experience. This is what he had to say:

After being informed by my school that we were expected to find a work experience placement, at first, I was lost for ideas as to what I wanted to do. I searched for weeks to find something that interested me, and ended up sending around twenty e-mails to various different businesses, all of which either rejected me or did not bother to reply, the process of finding something ended up being a stressful and demoralising one. That’s when I decided to send an e-mail to Eastnor Pottery and had a good feeling about it. A day later, Jon replied and immediately came across friendly and enthusiastic about the idea, which really put my mind at rest, and I was exited when everything was sorted out for me to spend a week there.

Before I arrived, I was initially a tad nervous, which is the way I feel when being placed in an unfamiliar environment, however as soon as I entered the building, I was immediately put at ease. Everyone I met were so kind and welcoming, and I settled in very quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and any task I was given, I took on with a smile plastered on my face, from washing and cleaning the studio to glazing finished pots, loading the kiln and even being able to make  my own products, it was a pleasure to work in such warm and bright surroundings with people who evidently love what they do, which shows clearly through the workshops they offer, which I observed closely and would recommend to anyone. Furthermore, it has given me a new interest in ceramics, which is something I’d love to extend beyond my work experience placement. Finally, id like to offer my deepest gratitude to Jon, Sarah, and the rest of the team at Eastnor Pottery for providing me with an amazing experience, in a studio I would love to potentially return to one day, this time as a customer, to use the skills they have taught me to use! 

I think we might be seeing a bit more of Mac in the future. :)

young mums enjoy making pottery on the potters wheel in the summer at eastnor pottery

pottery hen party team photograph in the pottery studio at eastnor potteryIt’s that time of year when expectant hens are busy organising parties and events for their friends and bride to be.

We hosted our first ever pottery hen party over 20 years ago, having been approached by a bridesmaid looking for a creative and memorable hen party alternative for an arty hen.

We were (and still are) always up for a challenge and said ‘yes’ without too much hesitation. It just sounded like such an interesting, novel and fun preposition.

Hen parties have become such a huge (and hugely enjoyable!) part of our workshop offer. We have a huge range of projects for groups, details can be found on our Pottery Hen Party page right here on our website.

If you have a date in mind or a bespoke ‘make’ you’d like to discuss with us, please give us a call on 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk we’d be delighted to have a chat!

young mums enjoy making pottery on the potters wheel in the summer at eastnor potteryshort pottery classes for adults at eastnor potteryhave a go on the potter's wheel is hilarious fun at eastnor pottery

clay owl made on a pottery class at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

clay owl made on a pottery class at eastnor pottery in herefordshirePottery family fun in the February half term

TWIT TWOO!

18 – 22 February 2020

We’re delighted to announce details of our fun and creative themed sessions for families in the approaching February half term.

TWIT TWOO is the theme and potters of all ages and abilities get to fashion an owl from soft clay.

The creative fun doesn’t stop there either. As soon as you have finished modelling your fowl, you’ll get to paint them there and then with coloured underglazes and slips.

The birds will need to dry thoroughly before being fired and glazed in our kiln. This whole process takes about a month and you’ll be contacted once your pottery has emerged from the kiln. If you are unable to collect your pottery masterpieces, P+P can be arranged at £5 per owl.

Clay is such a brilliant medium for families to work with. We’ve facilitated loads of inter generational workshops where 70 yr old participants have got creative alongside their grandchildren and sometimes, great grandchildren! Twit Twoo is designed for children as young as 4years – there is no upper age limit.

1.5 hr sessions commence at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm and places cost £20.

Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

happy potters at eastnor pottery herefordshire

happy potters at eastnor pottery herefordshire

We love our customers just as much as they love their Pottery Experience.

Here are a few reviews penned by some of our satisfied visitors this Autumn:

“Potter’s Wheel Experience was just what I was looking for. The setting was warm, homely, relaxing and zen. Everybody working there couldn’t have been nicer, frequently topping up teas and coffees. And Jon was an excellent tutor, not too hands on but there to assist when required” Tomas Nov 2019

“Jon and Sarah were wonderful and they really conveyed their passion for pottery. We came away with two completely different pots and both thoroughly enjoyed the session. Would highly recommend this workshop!” Sidney Nov 2019

“We did this experience as a surprise treat for a 70th birthday – it was a fun and interesting experience which went down very well. Our teachers demonstrated and explained very well the process of making a pot on a wheel and then glazing it. We were made very welcome and thoroughly enjoyed it.Peter Nov 2019
“It was an absolute pleasure to come to Eastnor pottery. The location is amazing and is very easy to find. The place it self is very cozy and comfortable. We were welcomed warmly by the team that was very passionate about what they do which very much rubs off on you when it’s your turn to do pottery. Sarah was absolutely fantastic teaching us the basics of pottery and your never left on your own. We left so thrilled and relaxed from our experience, and it’s all down to a brilliant team of happy people. Thank you very much” Alex and Becca Oct 2019

“Such a beautiful location and lovely people. So homely and welcoming we can’t wait to book again!” Cheryl Oct 2019

happy pottery experience participants“Sarah hosted our small group of 4, where 2 of the group were birthday girls and it was so much fun! We each took a turn at the wheel and Sarah was very helpful and encouraging, as a talented ceramicist herself, at helping get the best bowl, vase, candle holder or cup. After that we painted our creations and the range of colours was great. We can’t wait for our finished products to be sent to us in the post. We really had the best time and will definitely go again!” Guy & Kate Oct 2019
Thank you to all you 2019 potter’s who took the time to review us – we love you!
Experience the potter's wheel vouchers

Experience the potter's wheel vouchers

More and more of us are buying experiences as gifts for our loved ones. So why not treat those nearest to you this Christmas time to a creative experience they will never forget?

We offer gift vouchers for all our pottery experiences. Whether it’s our 1.5hr Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel or an immersive potter’s wheel course, we have the pottery experience perfect for your gifting.

Clay modelling sessions start at just £20 and a go on the wheel at just £30.

You can purchase your vouchers right here online via PayPal on our vouchers page.

Group of pottery making participants on a potter's wheel workshop in Herefordshirecommunity arts apprentice Aimee instructing a course participantPottery ExperienceEastnor Potteryhey clay participant makes a pot at eastnor pottery as part of free hey clay eventyoung potter proud of her pot at eastnor pottery and the flying potter taking part in hey clay 2019