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splodz blogz blogger make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshire

splodz blogz blogger make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshire

Zoe is a dedicated blogger Splodz Blogz  and having visited us earlier this year, published this lovely post about our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel Class.

Thank you so much Zoe for doing the business and were made up you had such a lovely time here at Eastnor Pottery.

“Eastnor Pottery was such a lovely environment to learn a new skill and I came away feeling like I had been at least a little bit successful. I’ve put their Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course on my birthday list, and would highly recommend the short 90-minute taster to anyone who fancies giving pottery a go.”

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

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

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery

hand made and painted cake stand

Imagine serving up your mince pies on this beauty!

Elizabeth and her mum attended one of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course earlier this year. She loved it so much she booked another weekend and brought her friends. This wonderful cake stand was made on her second visit.

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery