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Sky Arts Den clay workshop,   Bath Independent Literature FestivalHere are some more photos from our mini-residency at the Sky Arts Den,  at the Independent Literature festival in Bath.

Pottery Workshops at Sky Arts DenIt was a refreshing change to be heading down the motorway in a southerly direction on Sunday. I have been working in the Sky Arts Den at the Bath Literature Festival 2012 providing pottery workshops for festival visitors.

I’ve worked with the Sky arts den team before at the Cheltenham literature festival and help but be impressed by their approach to staging activities. The variety of performers and workshops on offer is both exciting and diverse.

Beth (commander in chief) runs a very tight ship and the changeover between activities is as smooth and efficient as you like. As a supplier, it all makes for an enjoyable working partnership.

Please take a look at some of the photos from the pottery workshops.

Creative Breaks at the CourtyardCreative Breaks is an association of Herefordshire based artists and craftspeople who offer courses and workshops as part of their creative practice. As a founding member I have enjoyed the benefits of membership since it’s inception in the mid 90’s.

Each year, as a group we get to promote our services to visitors to the Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair at the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford. We set up stand in the Theatre foyer and take it in turns over the three days to demonstrate our art & Craft.

As in previous years I encouraged members of the public to sample the delights of making a pot on the wheel – no matter how old the visitor! See our Facebook album for more photos.

family pottery workshops at sky arts den cheltenham literature festival 2011Spent an afternoon in the company of some lovely people who had signed up for a pottery workshop at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The clay session took place in the Sky Arts Den on the main Festival site – just one of a rich variety of workshops and performances open to the festival going public.

You can sample Hip Hop Shakespeare, swing dancing, watercolour painting and of course Pottery with Jon The Potter!

If you are visiting the festival over the coming week it’s well worth popping into The Sky Arts Den – you never know what you might discover!

Once a year, Herefordshire Council parades its artist educators at the Courtyard theatre in Hereford. The event is called ‘Arts Supermarket’ and gives the county’s school teachers and other interested parties the opportunity to talk to and peruse arts workshop facilitators – all under one roof.

From an artist’s point of view it’s a good time to network and catch up with other creatives on the circuit. This year, Jon’s stand was next to the ‘Green Eyed Monster’. Karen and Tina provide workshops to schools using found, reclaimed and recycled materials. Check out this lovely Christmas tree made from plastic bottles, wire and….jingle bells, jingle bells….