Having finished the New Parents session in the morning, Jon ‘hot foots’ it across to work with children and staff in the centre’s childcare. These free flow, organic sessions often take place ‘alfresco’ in the willow room’s garden. Clay is pressed into bark, trod into tarmac and mixed with sand and other naturally occurring stuff lying around; leaves, twigs, grass…that sort of thing.

This week the inclement weather made for some inside clay activities. Jon set up a vertical clear perspex screen so that the children could work either side, applying clay and painting with slip. The overall effect (pictured above) looked very Autumnal.

How many of us can confess to having our first potter’s wheel experience at the age of four months? This was Jon’s 3rd and final session with new parent group at the St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham. So much rapid development occurs in those early months. It was a joy to behold the advances and the increased sophistication of the children’s approach.

Jon spent another pleasant morning with new parents and their children at the St Thomas Children’s Centre. These exploratory sessions give the children their first clay experience – sampling texture, temperature and squidgyness of the raw material. Take a look at the previous St Thomas Babies entry.

One of our youngest participants grapples with the grey stuff!

Jon was back at the fabulous St Thomas Children’s Centre in Birmingham, working with a new parent group. Judging by the expression we reckon this young potter thoroughly enjoyed making his first pot.

Jon Was busy this week working with two of his regular settings in the centre of Birmingham.
Families at Surestart Ladywood made coilpot fairies and knights, whilst everybody at the popular ‘stay & play’ sessions at St Thomas’ were treated to no less than three afternoons of potter’s wheel and clayplay fun.