Here at Eastnor Pottery, process is king! It’s all about the journey and we greatly value and enjoy observing how our customers and workshop participants engage with the clay and their relationship with environment and individuals around them. That said, we oversee some pretty inspiring and sophisticated end products too!
Check out these ‘book’ tile panels inspired by children’s literature we co-created with Meadows first School in Bromsgrove. We spent x2 industrious days working with the entire school, each child producing a single tile. The tiles have been assembled onto boards and will adorn the front of the school for community and visitors alike to admire when they visit the school.
A similar project with an equally satisfying outcome was the Damson Tree tile panel made with Damson Wood First School in Solihull. This project was initiated to celebrate the schools 50th birthday and the resulting ceramic masterpiece made by the children will hang in the reception hall.
Well, to the Pottery anyway!
Yr1 visited us in March and spent the day making a collaborative flowerpot and individual works inspired by the illustrative genius Julia Donaldson
Julia’s characters are a gift to reproduce in clay and the youngsters from Winterfold House School were soon creating characters from The Gruffalo, Room On The Broom and The Smartest Giant in Town.
We are chuffed to bits with this fantastic rainbow collaborative tile panel made with all the children at St Mary’s Primary School, Fownhope, Herefordshire.
Each child created an individual tile representing one of the School’s values with each year group responsible for a different colour of the rainbow.
The finished panel will be hung in the school hall for everybody to admire and as a constant reminder of what can be achieved through everybody working together.
The Anglo Saxons are definitely a hot curriculum topic for KS 1&2. In past week we have led Anglo Saxon inspired clay projects with no less than three schools.
Staunton on Wye Primary School in Herefordshire made a couple of collaborative planters, encrusted with Anglo Saxon insignia and detail. Swords, shields, houses and long boats were well represented amongst the children’s models attached to the surface of a giant coil pot.
Ethan made the trip to Finstall first School in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire to work with Class 4, making individual iron age houses. (above)
Eastnor Primary will also be making the short stroll up the lane to the Pottery to sample the delights of building mini iron age huts.
CLAY! – for all your Anglo Saxon curriculum needs
St Josephs RC Primary School visited us here at Eastnor Pottery on a sunny Autumnal morning to make clay dinosaurs with Sarah.
The KS2 children have been looking at volcanoes, dinosaurs and the Jurrasic era and the Art co-ordinater thought it a creative opportunity to realise some of their studies in clay.
The children spent a day with us in the inspirational setting of our artist’s studio making hollow diplodocus, liopleurodon and T-rex.
At lunchtime, they were able to picnic in our ‘Potting Tent’ marquee before spending some free time exploring the pottery sculptures dotted around the Pottery Garden and playing on our musical drum pots.
The group left the Pottery at 2pm to get back to Ross on Wye for the end of the school day – all agreed the day had been a creative, educational and successful school outing.
And when the children got back to school they wrote thank you letters. This is one of our faves:
My name is Morgan from St Josephs. Thank you for this phenomenal experience! It was amazing when you helped us to make the pot for Mrs Francis.
The models that you made were….well, I cant really explain how good they were. Jon is really nice and creative. You are so good, I was breath-taken, when I found out that you could make a toast rack, a kettle and lots of other useful things. Making the dinosaurs were incredible. Thank you so, so, so, so much! (Also, who do the horses belong to?)