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Hey hey hey – its time for FREE clay!

Participants from Hey Clay 2017 at Eastnor PotteryFREE wheeling III 23 – 25 March 2018

Once again we are ‘throwing’ ;) caution to the wind and taking part in the immensely popular, terribly creative and extremely good fun HEY CLAY event.

We are inviting individuals and families to make a pot on the potter’s wheel for FREE.

Participants get to take their creations away on the day to dry and paint at home or, they can be left with us to be fired and glazed at just £10. An additional £5 per pot will entitle the maker to paint their pot in ceramic colour right there and then.

15 min time slots available all day. Pre-booking essential. Tel 01531 633886 or admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

We also have oodles of FREE parking on site.

HEY CLAY! is a national celebration of clay which gives everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter at venues across the UK through free workshops and taster sessions.

The event is organised by The Crafts Council and takes place 23rd – 25th March as part of the BBC’s GET CREATIVE FESTIVAL

Here are a few pics from last year’s Hey Clay:

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Learn a new skill in 2018

first time potters try their hand at the potter's wheel at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireHere we are then, our list of day and weekend potters wheel workshops for 2018.

6 & 7 Jan

Sat 13 Jan 

Fri 26 Jan

Sat 27 Jan

Sat 3 Feb

Sat 10 Feb

3 & 4 Mar

Sat 10 March

Sat 21 April

19 & 20 May

Sat 2 June

Fri 8 June

14 & 15 July

11 & 12 Aug

Sat 8 Sept

6 & 7 Oct

Sat 10 Nov

1 & 2 Dec

Other dates are available for groups of x2 or more participants.

If you’ve never experienced working with clay on the potter’s wheel, you’ll be amazed at the positive effects on mind body and soul. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what the hundreds of lovely people have said about our fabulous experiences on Trip Advisor:

“My lovely friend and I recently spent a really enjoyable day here, so enjoyable in fact that as soon as I got home I searched online for second hand potters wheels! Jon is a genuinely nice guy, and an interesting and inspirational teacher. If you want to try something new or maybe regenerate a forgotten hobby, meet lovely people, have a great lunch, and come away with a sense of achievement … then do this!” 

“After always wanting to try my luck on the potters wheel I put this voucher/experience on my wish list for a special birthday. A friend and I spent a great day here organised by some very talented and passionate artists who were also patient and lovely people eager to help beginners like myself succeed. 
There are the added advantages of the beautiful surroundings and a tasty lunch too. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending and will definitely be returning. Thanks very much for a super day.”

“I was given a day’s experience making pottery for my birthday. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, I’m not an artist or much of a ‘maker’ though I can just about put up some shelves! I had the most brilliant day. Watching Jon show us the skills was hypnotic and almost magical, though I was sure I wouldn’t manage anything like that. Despite my pile of failed clay growing steadily (all resuable, thankfully), I was determined to crack the skills. And I wasn’t disappointed! With perseverance, patient and kind tutoring, and plenty of practice, I managed a reasonable collection of half decent pots (even if many weren’t quite what I intended, they still looked great!). Everyone in the small group made things they were proud of, and I ended up paying to have a couple of extras fired (just £6 per ‘lump’ with 3 lumps included in the price). Jon is good humoured, encouraging, loves what he does and is hugely talented. He praises your failures as much as your successes, which spurs you on. I left feeling great, though slightly achey from being hunched over my wheel and from the sheer mental effort of picking up a delicate and challenging skill. Highly recommended and feel I may be back at a later date to see if I can manage a plate” 

Tel: 01531 633886 email: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your day or weekend of potter’s wheel inspired play with clay.

 

Christmas opening times

eastnor pottery sign in the snow December 2017If you are looking to make a little pottery over the Christmas holidays or need to bring the family together for a bit of creative fun, our opening hours are as follows:

Tuesday 19th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Wednesday 20th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Thursday 21st Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Friday 22nd Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Saturday 23rd Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Sunday 24th Dec CLOSED

Monday 25th Dec CLOSED

Tuesday 26th Dec CLOSED

Wednesday 27th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Thursday 28th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Friday 29th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Saturday 30th Dec OPEN 10am – 4pm

Sunday 31st Dec – Friday 5th January CLOSED

Saturday 6th Jan OPEN 10am – 4pm

As always, please telephone or email to check availability before you travel.

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

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