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University of Wolverhampton Graduates helping Eastnor Pottery workshopFour kick wheels, three lovely graduates from The University of Wolverhampton and hoards of families of enthusiastic potters.

We were hired by Wolverhampton Art Gallery to offer drop-in potter’s wheel tasters to celebrate the launch of the Craft Open West Midlands exhibition.

Eastnor Pottery teaching the art of throwing on a wheel at Wolverhampton

I had the privilege of working with the same students back in March when we offered a similar activity at the Launch of Big Ceramics. The girls from the Uni were fantastic and made participants feel relaxed and valued as they sampled the delights of the potter’s wheel, in most cases for the very first time. A career in workshop facilitation beckons!

 

Eastnor Pottery at Bilston Arts Gallery making clay sea creatures

A couple of well crafted and quite frankly, ferocious looking clay crabs made by these young artists.

The boys attended a drop-in family workshop entitled ‘Sea Critters’ at Bilston Craft Cafe in Wolverhampton on Saturday 30th July 2016.

messy clay play fun on the potter's wheel for babies at Just So Festival 2016One of the highlights of our working calender is the amazing Just So Family Arts Festival held at Rhode Hall in Cheshire.

For the past six years we have coated some of the teeniest festival goers in thick slip and soft clay  – some as young as 5 months taking a turn on the potter’s wheel.

Artrix Arts Centre hosted an Eastnor Pottery workshop for children to produce terracotta film star sculpturesJust one of many clay sculptures made by young visitors to Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove when Jon the Potter dropped by for a day of pottery fun. The children’s pottery workshop event was part of the Theatre’s Festival of Family Fun 2016 inspired by the movies.

We attempted to photograph everybody’s clay creation before ethey took them home to paint. The results of which can be viewed on our Facebook page.

 

 

Jacob the Potter helping at Eastnor Castle making ceramic dinosaur heads

We spent five busy and rewarding days working in the fabulous courtyard at Eastnor Castle making collaborative, terracotta dinosuar heads.

The t-rex, triceratops and three raptors will be fired, photographed and splashed across all our social media channels in the coming months.

Each day we took a series of photographs documenting the Jurassic creativity:

Sunday 31 July

Monday 1 Aug

Tuesday 2 Aug

Wednesday 3 Aug

Elliot the potter with Eastnor Pottery producing clay dinosFamilies and Friends at Eastnor Castle making clay terracotta dinosaursadd to the ceramic dinosaur head at Eastnor Castle with Eastnor Pottery