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impressions taken from a clay babies pottery session in birmingham led by jon williams from eastnor potteryLove these little impressions from a recent new parents pottery session at St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham.

pottery sessions for new parents and their children at st thomas childrens centre led by jon the potter from eastnor potteryPerhaps the youngest pottery participants I have the pleasure of working with are from the New Parents group that meet at St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham.

Children as young as 3 months get their very first potter’s wheel experience, often displaying great levels of concentration and enjoyment.

The parents really value the sessions and take full advantage of the opportunity to make clay impressions of their children’s hands and feet….and get the chance to throw the odd pot on the wheel themselves!

pottery workshop at st thomas childrens centre birmingham led by jon the potter from eastnorThe fantastic & creative force that is St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham now has it’s very own dedicated website to tell the world about all the amazing things that happen there.

Please take a look at www.stthomaschildrenscentre.co.uk

clay baby on a potter's wheel, workshop led by Jon Williams, the Flying Potter from Eastnor PotteryPeriodically, I get to work with the New Parents’ group at the St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham.

The opportunity to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel is a valuable experience and one you are never to young to engage in!

Early Years Workshop, Eastnor Pottery, HerefordshireIt was good to be back at the St Thomas Children’s Centre this week.

I spent the morning in the willow room, working with groups of talented 2-3 year olds. The aim – to start work on a huge collaborative planter.

We all sat around the circular table singing along to the “squeeze squeeze, roll roll, roll faster, roll faster” song, an improvised ditty instigated by one of the young potters.

Once the coils had been smoothed, the children took great delight in dowsing the pot with paintbrushes loaded with water – the resulting and spectacular ‘mess’ provided the perfect sticky surface for the children’s models and textured blobs.

In the afternoon, the stay and play crowd (parents and children) added to the piece with modelled suns, trees, birds and flowers.