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clay bricks made at national trust berrington hall with jon the potter from eastnor pottery

flying potter at national trust brockhampton herefordshire

Ashamed to say we’ve been in Herefordshire 25 years and until recently, hadn’t managed to visit either Brockhampton and Berrington Hall, two of the counties esteemed National Trust properties.

We certainly put this to right this Summer! With-in the space of a week in July, we facilitated clay workshops at both properties!

On Saturday 13 July visitors to the Brockhampton Estate were able to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel amongst the mature apple trees in the orchard. We were there as part of a ‘Fun for all’ community event hosted by National Trust Brockhampton as part of their exciting Reimagining Orchard project.

The following Saturday we appeared at Berrington Hall near Leominster. We set up stall in the famous curved wall garden and made mini clay bricks. Participants made two bricks each – one to take away and another to be fired and installed as an interactive ceramic piece at Berrington.

There are exciting times ahead at both sites as each has ambitious plans to develop their outside spaces and enhance the visitor experience.

clay bricks made at national trust berrington hall with jon the potter from eastnor pottery

 

 

pottery tiles made in the shape and colour of autumn leaves

autumnal pottery leaves made by children and painted in orange and red

Leaf peeping!?? no, neither had we! Apparently, it’s the informal term given to the viewing and photographing of the ‘Fall’ in the USA and Canada.

In celebration of the imminent and amazing Autumnal change to our own trees and shrubs in The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, we are running clay modelling sessions on a seasonal theme.

‘Leaf Peeping!’ is the title and visitors to the Pottery during September, October and November will have the opportunity to make a clay leaf tile painted in a riot of Autumnal colour. You’ll leave your creation with us to fire and glaze for approx. one month, after which it will be available for collection from the Pottery. Don’t worry if you cant make the return trip, we’ll package and post your pottery masterpiece for an additional £5.

If you are looking for inspiration prior to your visit – get yourself to The Forest of Dean and get snapping those incredible shapes and colours!

Places cost £20 per person inclusive of all materials, firing and glazing. Sessions can be booked Tuesday – Saturday and start at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. Please email us or call 01531 633886 to book you place.

pottery tiles made in the shape and colour of autumn leaves

festival punters at Lakefest 2019 make clay pots on the potter's wheel with the flying potter from eastnor

festival punters at Lakefest 2019 make clay pots on the potter's wheel with the flying potter from eastnor

How we miss those force 10 gusts and torrential downpours of a week ago!!!!

Despite the challenging conditions we had a ball and met some pretty fab people and aspiring potter’s.

Well done indeed to everybody who made it to the potting tent. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with you all. Such a lovely, family friendly event!

More festival pics right here.

@lakefestuk 2020 takes place 13th – 16th August.

clay tiles made by Holy Trinity school and the flying potter from Eastnor

The Summer term in schools is one of the busiest for the Flying Potter.  SATS are done, the sun is out and teachers  are looking to reward their children with creative and fun activities. Little surprise then schools plan their ‘arts week’ for this time of year.

Here are the ceramic results of a couple of  whole school, recent  ‘arts week’ collaborations undertaken in the West Midlands.

collaborative coil made with children from Tividale Primary School and Jon the potter from eastnor pottery and the flying potter

One of x6 collaborative terracotta planters at Tividale Primary School Sandwell.

clay tiles made by Holy Trinity school and the flying potter from Eastnor

Tile panel at Holy Trinity Primary School Sandwell

happy hen party at eastnor pottery herefordshire group photo

hen on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshirehappy hen party at eastnor pottery herefordshire group photoWe had so much fun with Emma and her bunch of merry hens!

The Welsh girls had ventured into Herefordshire for the whole weekend, leasing a large house as their base for numerous activities and field trips. Pottery featured high on the list and the organiser Sian managed to keep the visit to Eastnor a total surprise from the bride to be.

Emma took to the wheel first and made some hilarious miss-shapes before settling on a lovely little pot, applauded and appreciated by her watching friends.

We had three wheels on the go so all the party managed to make their shapes before painting them all together chatting and laughing around the table. We’ll fire and glaze the vessels in time for Emma’s wedding later this month.

If you want a totally unique and creative hen party experience then please check out our hen party packages for large groups and not so large groups!

two pottery hen party participants displaying their lovely pots made at eastnor potteryhen party watching a potter's wheel demonstration at eastnor pottery in the malvern hillshen party participant paintes her freshly thrown pot made on the potter's wheel