Tag Archive for potter’s wheel

Pottery hen do mayhem

fun pottery hen party participant at eastnor potteryWhen we tell people we do pottery hen parties they usually respond with something like “ Ooo I bet they make some interesting shapes!!” On the contrary, our group sessions are usually civilized affairs, filled with creative arty types enjoying the therapeutic benefits of modeling and throwing clay on the potter’s wheel. in fact, if you are doing pottery as your hen party activity then you are going to be a certain type of girl! That was until we met George and her party of merry gals….

There were only seven of them, but what they lacked in numbers they more than compensated with frivolity and laughter. We had so much fun!

They ladies appeared in Chesney Hawkes masks (a personal hero of bride to be George) and took to the wheels with enthusiasm, reveling in the comedic possibilities of centering the clay!

In amongst the hilarity the girls really got to grips with their technique with one of the more skeptical members at the start, thoroughly enjoyed herself commenting ‘That was great, I really really surprised myself”

The session concluded with the ladies treating us with a rousing rendition of Chesney Hawkes’ I am the one and only’ – a short clip can be found here. Everybody heralded the afternoon a resounding success.

If you are planning your wedding in 2019 and looking for a thoroughly creative and unique group activity, then why not book a session for your hen party. Take a look at our pottery hen party page and drop us a line admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk or tel 01531 633886 to check availability.chesney hawkes hen party girls without masks at eastnor pottery

pottery hen party group in chesney hawkes masks

Pottery making vouchers – make someone happy :)

Pottery experience vouchers from Eastnor Pottery and the flying potter

What do you get a loved one who has everything?

The experience market has positively blossomed in recent years as we all attempt to fill our leisure time with meaningful and very often creative activities.

It’s no surprise then we’ve seen more and more individuals and families gifting each other pottery experience vouchers for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas.

Aspiring potters and visitors to our Herefordshire studio are not only creating a tangible object to be proud of, the process of making has therapeutic benefits too. Co-coordinating eye, hand and speed of the potter’s wheel leaves very little mental capacity to dwell on anything other than the task in hand – quite literally! All that other ‘stuff’ fizzing around participants heads fades away and a state of mindfulness ensues – just like meditating!

Workshop participants are also making memories. Our staff strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, perfect for friends and family to catch-up and unwind and get their creative juices flowing. The expert guidance and positive facilitation enable visitors to thrive and create that ‘special’ piece or family heirloom. Once it has been fired and glazed, the artifact serves as a permanent reminder of time spent together doing something creative and ultimately rewarding.

We offer gift vouchers to whatever value you would like to spend. For instance, a £20 experience will enable the lucky maker to throw a pot on the wheel, decorate it with coloured slip and then leave it to be fired and glazed. A voucher to the value of £130 will enable the recipient to play with clay on the potter’s wheel for a whole day, inclusive of a delicious lunch.

All in all, making pottery is good for you and what better way to show your appreciation for a loved one than presenting them with an Eastnor Pottery Experience Voucher this Christmas.

You can purchase our vouchers online, right here.

A day at the wheel.

Very fond of the class of 22nd September 2018 :)

making pottery at eastnor pottery herefordshire

Seven nicer individuals you’d be hard pressed to meet, spent the day learning how to make pottery on the potter’s wheel. It was a productive day with everybody filling their boards with fantastic shapes and forms, in fact we’ve never seen the pile of disregarded ‘learning’ pots look so small.

At the close, we ask participants to select their two or three favorite pieces to be fired, glazed and posted out in a months time. A difficult task at the best of times but made even harder by the sheer volume of super shapes. Most people couldn’t bare to part with their creations and payed the extra to have them finished in the kiln.

If you fancy spending a day behind the wheel please take a look at our web page dedicated to our one day and weekend courses. £130 for the day and £240 for the weekend.

making pottery at eastnor pottery near great malvernmake pottery in west midlandspottery course in herefordshiremake pottery near the malvern hillspotter's wheel course in the west midlands

Clay for couples

recently married couple get messy with clay on a potter's wheel workshop at eastnor pottery in West Midlands

The end of the school summer holidays heralds a new group of visitors to the Shire! 

Couples and groups of adults descend on the county to enjoy the beautiful Autumnal scenery, the bustling market towns and idyllic villages.

Most of them book an activity of some description to punctuate their visit, and, it appears pottery is high on their list of adventures!

If you are planning a rural, creative break in Herefordshire then please check out our dedicated website page for couples and small groups.

Young couple on honeymoon make arty keep sakes on the potter's wheel at Eastnor Potterymaking pottery is such fun at eastnor pottery & the flying potterCelebration for 50th birthday at Eastnor Pottery

 

Another satisfied customer!

freshly hand thrown pot made on the potter's wheelNot ones to blow our own trumpet ;) but….. we just had to share this lovely, positive feedback from one of our workshop participants posted on TripAdvisor:

“Having exhausted all options in and around the Cotswolds for family activities, we looked a little further afield and as I had tried, and failed to use a potters wheel at school, I knew my children (ages 15 & 9) would have fun making a mess – if not an actual pot!

Jon and the team were ready and waiting after booking only a few hours before and we arrived after a very pleasant 50 minute drive from Stow on the Wold.

We chose to go with the make, paint and bake option which enables you to throw a pot, glaze it and have it fired in a kiln for collection later as it takes some time to dry, before it can be fired. We chose to make medium sized pots.

We had an absolute blast! Aimee our instructor was knowledgeable, helpful and patient and we each took a turn to start, restart :) and complete a pot at the wheel. This also meant we were able to learn from each other’s mistakes and successes. We had around 45 minutes each at the wheel but there was no rush at all which was really nice.

Complimentary refreshments were provided and once we had our finished pieces, they were dried for a while before we started painting on the glaze(s).

We were all quite proud of our creations by the time we had finished – about 3 hours after we arrived. Having done just about everything we can find to do in the Cotswolds, Eastnor Pottery was, without doubt, one of the most enjoyable activities we have done. I particularly like the fact that anyone from 3 to 103 can enjoy it together, as it requires no real physical ability, just a bit of patience and enthusiasm, and in my case also a sense of humour.

I really cannot wait to go back and have another go and my children and mother feel the same – fantastic fun come rain or shine and you leave with a genuine sense of achievement, having learned something new in a creative environment.

My only tip is to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little mucky, although we came away actually quite clean. Very highly recommended – we are definitely going back next time we visit the Cotswolds.”

« Older Entries