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pile of rejected pots at the end of a potter's wheel workshop at eastnor pottery

pile of rejected pots at the end of a potter's wheel workshop at eastnor pottery

Did you know that clay is infinitely recyclable? It’s been on the earth some 66 million years drying out and re-hydrating unchanged in nature. It’s only when it’s fired in the kiln it makes an irreversible change. Pottery or ceramic is probably one of the most permanent and durable materials known to man. Once they are out the kiln, they are out there forever!

It’s one of the reasons we ask our one day and weekend potter’s wheel course participants to be selective of their freshly made booty. At the end of the workshop, participants get to choose up to three creations to be fired and glazed. Surplus pots are ceremonially plucked from their resting places for recycling.

Must say it’s not very often we get such a neat pile of rejected pots! #neatlyfolded

couple watch each other make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshire

couple make pottery together at eastnor pottery

Did you know Pottery is the traditional 9th Wedding Anniversary gift? A lot of couples who visit us certainly do. Rather than purchasing a piece of Denby, increasing numbers of clayed-up couples are inspired to create a pottery masterpiece for each other.

As well as fashioning a ceramic keepsake, participants are also making memories. Jon, Sarah and all the Pottery team strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, perfect for catching-up, unwinding and getting the creative juices flowing. The expert guidance and positive facilitation enable you to thrive and create that ‘special’ piece.

Partners come from far and wide to fashion their loved one a commemorative vessel often spending a couple of days in the Shire. Not only do they get creative with clay at the Pottery, couples often spend a romantic weekend visiting other local attractions and restaurants.

Once the creations have been fired and glazed, the pottery ‘artyfacts’ can either be collected from the studio or posted out approx. one month later. Each piece serving as a permanent reminder of time spent together doing something creative and ultimately rewarding.

Here’s what a satisfied customer had to say about their making experience at Eastnor Pottery:

Wheel of fortune a delight!

My husband and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary by throwing a pot each and Sarah and the team at Eastnor Pottery ensured that it wasn’t at each other! My husband, slightly dubious at first, discovered a slumbering artistic talent and we had a fabulous time. I couldn’t rate this highly enough, great coffee, lovely, talented tutor, wonderful studio, and hopefully (in a few weeks when we collect them) amazing pots. THANK YOU”

With Christmas rapidly approaching and Valentine’s day just around the corner, why not treat yourself and your partner to a potter’s wheel experience. Mini classes start at £40 per person inclusive of potter’s wheel demonstration, one to one tuition, all materials and firing. Personalised gift vouchers can be purchased from the Pottery by calling 01531 633886 or emailing admin@eastnorpottery.co.ukcouple watch each other make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshirepottery workshop participants sharing the potter's wheel and a huge lump of clay at eastnor pottery west midlands

make a pottery christmas tree at eastnor pottery for christmas 2019

make a pottery christmas tree at eastnor pottery for christmas 2019

Family workshops in the buildup to Christmas

Evergreen!

5 November – 21 December 2019

We’re delighted to announce details of our fun and creative themed workshops for families in the buildup to Christmas 2019.

Evergreen! is the seasonal title and participants will learn how to coil a Christmas Tree using soft clay under the expert tutelage of professional potters. The fun doesn’t just stop with the hand making. Participants also get to decorate their freshly created masterpieces, there and then with a seasonal palate of paints and under-glazes. All this for just £20 per person.

The creations will need to dry out before they can be fired and glazed. This process takes about a month and the Pottery will contact participants as soon as they are out of the kiln and ready for collection. (NB If you attend after the 1st December we may not be able to get them through the kilns before the 25th December 2019. The earlier you can book-in, the greater the chance we’ll be able to fire them in time.)

Don’t worry if you can’t make it back to Eastnor to collect your ceramic arty-fact, P+P can be arranged at £5 per item.

Sessions need to be booked in advance and the Pottery is open Tuesday – Saturday. The Evgergreen project is available as from Tuesday 5th November until Saturday 21st December inclusive. 1.5 hr sessions commence at 10am, 11.30am and 2pm. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

If hand modeling isn’t your thing then there is plenty of opportunity to try the potter’s wheel instead starting at just £30 per person.

We look forward to hearing from you!

blogger and instagrammer Monologue visited eastnor pottery and the flying potter to make a clay leaf in the autumn 2019

Say hello to Ramona! :)

Ramona publishes a blog (Monologue) and partner Aaron takes some cracking photos. The pair recently spent a weekend visiting the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean taking in the fresh air and sampling local attractions and restaurants. Check out Ramona’s blog to see where the couple went and marvel at Aaron’s fantastic photography.

If you’ve never been to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, particularly at this time of year, then pop it on your to do list. Thousands of visitors flock to the area to hike, cycle and stroll amongst the trees, marveling at the Autumnal colour.

You could even try your hand at the potter’s wheel or make a clay leaf tile whilst you are here ;)

short pottery classes for adults at eastnor pottery

potters wheel fun in herefordshireyoung 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

Whilst the Daddies looked after the little ones, the Mummies enjoyed our Intro to the Potter’s Wheel class….relaxation & mindfulness in our pottery studio……as well as lots & lots of laughter & hilarity!! Thanks for visiting us Natalie, Sophie, Lydia & Hayley… what a great start to our day!!

yummy mummies enjoy watching each other make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery in herefordshireshort pottery classes in herefordshire