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call for applications for next series of pottery throwdown

call for applications for next series of pottery throwdown

Are you looking to throw yourself into a new challenge? Maybe you simply want to show the nation your work? Submit your application to take part in Series 5 of The Great Pottery Throw Down. www.applyforpotterythrowdown.co.uk

Applications close Sunday 11th April 2021

pottery course participants brought their parrot along for companionship

From time to time we get asked by customers if they can bring their pooches to the pottery. As long as other participants are fine with dogs, then we are too. We welcome well behaved canine spectators to the studio – no probs.

Dogs are one thing, but we must admit to being slightly apprehensive when a couple asked if they could bring their African Grey Parrot!

We needn’t have been concerned and having such a handsome bird in the Pottery as it was impeccably behaved and made for a unique experience for all our pottery course guests. Isn’t he gorgeous!

pottery course participants brought their parrot along for companionship

 

surprise birthday pottery session in the heart of the uk

surprise birthday pottery session in the heart of the uk

Abi did pottery for her 26th – a whole day of it!!

Lovingly purchased as a treat by her partner Ross. They both threw lots of pots and kept a mug & egg cup each as fired souvenirs of their day in Eastnor.

If you fancied a whole day learning how to make pottery on the potter’s wheel in beautiful rural surroundings, then please take a look at our scheduled course dates. Also, if there are two or more participants, we’d be delighted to offer you a session in the week. Please drop us an email if this is something you would like to pursue.

Abi & Ross took some fab photos of each other in action.

Thanks for sharing you two! :)

surprise birthday pottery session in the heart of the uksurprise birthday pottery session in the heart of the uksurprise birthday pottery session in the heart of the uk

 

home potter james potter's wheel

young pottery enthusiast and his shiny new potter's wheel

James (above) has attended our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class on a several occasions. Prior to Lockdown #2, James, along with his Mum and Aunty, took the ‘next step’ and indulged in one of our full day Potter’s Wheel Courses.

Fair to say, James has been bitten by the bug and his dedication to the cause in one so young is totally inspiring. We asked James a few questions:

How long have you been working with clay?

When I knew that we were having time off school due to COVID in March, my Aunty Sue suggested I take up a new hobby. I had already been to Eastnor Pottery a couple of times and after watching the Great Pottery Throw Down, I was inspired to buy a Potter’s Wheel. I researched on the internet and found one which suited me and it arrived within a week. Since then, I have converted Mum’s outside shed into my ‘Potter’s Shed’ and whilst in lockdown, I was in there every day. Now I am back at school, my time in the shed is limited to the weekends when Sue often comes on a Sunday morning for a session.

What inspires you to make things?

The Great Pottery Throw Down was a big influence for my creations. Sue also bought a book for my birthday called “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook” which has many helpful tips and ideas. I also get inspired by the outside world, such as when we went to Borth for a day trip in the Summer, I saw a mosaic painting on the sea defense wall and I came home and had a go at making a mosaic using air dry clay.

What’s the best piece of artwork you have ever made? (doesn’t have to be clay)

I have tried many different crafts including knitting, rug making and sewing but very proud of making three miniature pots which I am working on at the moment. These include a cream jug, a flared pot and a mustard pot with a spoon.

home potter james potter's wheel

eastnor pottery course participant fired and glazed pot inspired by vincent van gogh

We believe everybody can learn how to make a pot on the potter’s wheel in one or two goes – honest! Once you understand the principle and the forces at work, it’s then just a case of practice practice practice!

Which is why we offer veterans of our one day and two day Potter’s Wheel Courses the opportunity to sign up for future courses at half price!

We have a growing number of potter’s wheel enthusiasts who regularly attend and in doing so have become very competent makers.

We ran a Weekend event in September filled exclusively with returning potter’s – just look at the amazing fired and glazed results!

fired and glazed thrown pottery made by participants on a weekend potter's wheel course at eastnor pottery