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festival goers enjoy making pots on the potter's wheel at music festivalsFor those of you familiar with our work will know we have a busy summer of workshops and pottery sessions ahead of us. We will be sharing the many benefits of working with clay, not only from our idyllic Herefordshire studio, but out in the community at festivals and events.

We love getting out there and enjoy the challenge of working with large numbers of participants in fields, community halls and public spaces.

Here’s a list of public events we’ll be present at in the coming months. We hope to meet some of you on the campaign trail Summer 2017!

Hay Festival 27-29 May

Masters House Ledbury Gargoyles 30 May

Cheltenham Science Festival MakerShack 6 – 11 May

Field to Fork 10 May

Eldorado Music Festival Eastnor Deer Park 30 May – 2 June

The Great Ledbury Celebration – Market House 9 July

Eastnor Castle Flying Potter week 30 July – 3 August

Lakefest Music Festival 10 – 13 August

Lottie from Eastnor Pottery helps visitor make a giant Hfds cider apple

 

Family experience the potter's wheel at Eastno Pottery and the Flying Potter HerefordshireAt the beginning of April we took part in a national clay event organised by The Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative.

Hey Clay! aspired to give people the opportunity to get creative with clay at free pottery workshops in venues all over the UK. The event ran from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April 2017, and we welcomed near on 100 participants to our studio – all of them making a pot on the potter’s wheel.

We created a photo album of each day:

Friday 7th April

Sat 8th April

Sun 9th April

Visito at free potter's wheel event makes a pot under the guidence of potter Ethan from Eastnor Pottery young participant at Free Wheeling potters wheel event at Eastnor PotteryWe had such a lovely couple of days working with participants who took advantage of our FREE potter’s wheel event ‘Free Wheeling’ 16 & 17 Dec 2017.

Last year, around this time we took part in a national #GetCreative campaign called Hey Clay! – A Crafts Council and BBC initiative designed to get the general public making pottery. Artists and arts organisations all over the country were encouraged to open their doors and offer complimentary clay sessions to individuals and families.

Although Hey Clay wasn’t repeated this year, we were so inspired by the event, it prompted us to offer something similar in 2016.

Our customers will be pleased to know, ‘Free Wheeling’ looks like it’s going to become a regular fixture in our workshop calendar. It’s a win win event – visitors get to make a pot on the potter’s wheel for free and we get to tell them about all the fantastic things we do here in Eastnor and in the wider community.

Hey Clay is scheduled for a welcomed return 7-9 April 2017 – can’t wait!

Here is a link to a Face Book photo album we created after Free Wheeling 2016.

family watch their son make a pot on the potter's wheel

Team Photo of Hereford Heating at Eastnor Pottery after teambuilding workshop

We had the pleasure of working with this lovely bunch from Hereford Heating Ltd a few weeks back. Talk about a case of ‘giving up the day job’!!! They were brilliant and displayed an amazing aptitude for spinning clay.

Learning to throw as part of teambuilding activities at Eastnor PotteryPottery teambuilding at Eastnor Pottery with Hereford HeatingEastnor Pottery says get rid of the boilers, rads and overalls and purchase potter’s wheels ;)

In the afternoon the team sampled the delights of 4×4 off roading at The Eastnor Landrover Experience.

Think Eastnor for all your away day and teambuilding requirements :)

Terracotta Trex made by families at Eastnor Castle with help from Eastnor PotteryFour magnificent terracotta dinosaur heads have emerged from the primeval mire here at Eastnor Pottery.

The artworks were co-created by Families who visited Eastnor Castle in the Summer holidays, crafted from terracotta clay, a material as old as the dinosaurs themselves!

Each Summer holiday, we are invited by Eastnor Castle to run a week long residency in the Castle Courtyard. Visitors work together on large composite forms. In the past, giant pheasants, Daleks and owls have all been immortalised in ceramic. This year the potting participants worked on a T-Rex, Triceratops and x2 Velociraptors.

Everybody lent a hand to ‘coil’ the dinosaur body by layering long snakes of clay on top of each other. The surface is then smoothed off and individual dinosaur scales added to the form. We encourage the children and grown-ups to make highly decorated scales encrusted with whatever takes their fancy! For example, If you take a close look at T-rex you will spot a rose, ladybird and a potato waffle amongst hundreds of other designs.

We reckon we must have worked with over 1000 people, young and old during the week, all contributing a mini work of art covering the pre-historic beasts.

The four dino-heads are currently here at the Pottery and participants who took part in the workshops at the castle are invited to drop by to see if they can spot their contribution. We are open Tues – Saturday 10am – 4pm.

Don’t worry if you can’t visit the Pottery as there are some photographs of the fired pieces on the Pottery’s FaceBook page.

Triceratops made it into The Hereford Times!