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weekend pottery course participant handles the clay

happy potters displaying their coloured pots made on a pottery weekend at eastnor pottery

Say hello to Leigh and Kate who recently participated on one of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Courses.

Once we got chatting, it was clear both were going to make excellent potters! Leigh practically has clay running through his veins…

His grandad had been one of the last ‘Firemen’ to attend to the very last bottle kiln firing in Stoke on Trent. In fact, when the kiln was decommissioned, Gladstone Pottery Museum asked him if he would like to be employed to fire their bottle kiln as part of their exhibition program. He naturally declined having spent a lifetime loading and unloading bottle kilns, it was the last thing he fancied doing in retirement!

Leigh’s Grandmother was employed as a packer for Beswick and his Aunty was a guilder for Wedgewood.

weekend pottery course participant handles the clay

Kate grew up in Cornwall and has associations with the creative community in St Ives – home of revered 20th Century potter and writer Bearnard Leach.

 

No pressure then when they took to the wheels…

husband and wife weekend pottery participants at eastnor pottery

They certainly lived up to our expectations and took to the wheel like ducks to water. Oh, and it appears they are both a bit of a whiz with needle and thread too. They lovingly made their aprons especially for the weekend course.

pottery course participants scratch a monogram into the base of a pot

green and white and made pot thrown on the potter's wheel

green and white and made pot thrown on the potter's wheelResults from a recent Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course. Fresh out the kiln and ready for dispatch.

yellow and blue bowl and plate made by participants on a pottery course in eastnor herefordshire

hand made ombre decorated pot pastehand made pot in pink and purple blended decoration black hand made pot with bright splats of vivid pinks and yellowsswirley iregular hand made pottery by pottery course participants

a board of wheel thrown pot made by a course participant at eastnor pottery

a board of freshly thrown pots made by a potter's wheel course participant at eastnor pottery and the flying potterWOW! It’s not often we get to see a board like this from a first timer!

Well done Jake who attended one of our recent Potter’s Wheel Courses – Gotta be in our all time top x5!

If you think you might be a natural, then we’d strongly recommend you book onto one of our day or weekend potter’s wheel courses. The events take place three or four times a month, all year round and cost £150 for the day or £280 for the weekend. You can book direct on our website – just scroll down to the orange button and follow the instructions.

course participants at eastnor pottery amking pots on the potter's wheel a board of wheel thrown pot made by a course participant at eastnor pottery

hand painted goldfinch on a potter's wheel thrown pot on a pottery course

hand painted goldfinch on a potter's wheel thrown pot on a pottery course

On day two of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course, you get to paint your pots made on day one.

We love the variety of decorative technique employed by the participants. Some people splash the colour on whilst others take a little more time with their painting. Top work Giles!

weekend pottery course participant paints a detailed goldfinch on his hand thrown pot at eastnor pottery herefordshire

pottery sign and bluebells at eastnor pottery herefordshire

pottery sign and bluebells at eastnor pottery herefordshire

If you needed anymore proof of the power of pottery, please read Fran’s heartwarming review of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course.

My partner and I spent a weekend doing this course. My partner had experience (60 years ago) and wanted to renew his interest. I had no prior experience. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My partner has Alzheimers and finds it hard to concentrate. I was worried he would find the course confusing. I need not have worried. The friendly, genuinely warm and interested, approach of Jon and Sarah, the pace and attention they gave to all their students and the lovely environment of their studio helped us both relax. A delightful weekend which I would both wholeheartedly recommend and would like to repeat.

Thanks Fran and we enjoyed our weekend just as much as you did.potter's wheel course participants work drying in the sun at eastnor pottery