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Choctoberfest 2018! Children’s 1/2 term workshops

hot chocolate inspired pottery fun for children in october half term at eastnor pottery and the flying potterWe are delighted to announce details of our fun and creative themed workshop sessions for children in the October half term.

CHOCTOBERFEST borrows from the Bavarian festival of all things beer but given a much more age appropriate spin!

Participants will use proper clay to make and paint a hot chocolate mug using the coil-pot technique. The creations will be left with us to be fired and glazed so when the young potter’s collect their creations from the studio approx. one month later, they’ll be able to drink hot chocolate and marshmallows from them.

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as drinking from a cup or mug made by your own fair hand. Sarah the potter has been making fun and functional tableware for 30 years and still gets a kick from using one of her own creations. It’ll be lovely for the children on a chilly autumnal evening to wrap their hands around a steaming cup of cocoa knowing they’ve hand crafted it.

The workshops designed for children as young as 4 years take place on two consecutive Wednesdays to account for the different half terms. Gloucestershire will get to potter on the 24th and Hereford & Worcester on the 31st.

1.5 hr sessions commence at 11.30am and 2pm and are tailored for two age groups: 4-8yrs in the mornings and 9-12yrs in the afternoons. These age ranges are designed as a rough guide and are not strictly adhered to as younger and older siblings are always welcome to participate on either session.

Places cost £15 per head with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone and email booking essential: Tel: 01531 633886 e: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

NFU coat of arms

Pottery coat of arms made by NFU West Midlands at Eastnor Pottery Herefordshire

The West Midlands contingent of The National Farmers Union visited the Pottery in October for a spot of team building and creative play. The group spent an hour or so meeting in the Potting Tent (a unique conferencing suite if ever there was one!) before joining us in the  studio for the main pottery event.

The group made a ceramic crest, a clay coat of arms depicting agricultural aspects of the five counties. There were two representatives from Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, each sub-team charged with a separate section of the crest. There was also ample time for everybody to throw a few pots on five potter’s wheels we’d primed for the occasion.

New skills discovered and everybody feeling relaxed and refreshed, the team headed back to their Telford HQ.

Last week we headed into Shropshire to deliver their ceramic masterpiece to be hung in their office – a permanent reminder of what can be achieved through teamwork.

Round round round round we getta round!

We’ve been busy of late transporting clay, tools and Flying Potter magic to educational settings all over the West Midlands.

During the first part of the Autumn term we worked with the following schools, exploring a range of curricular themes and topics in clay.

Pottery night light lanterns made by Suckley Primary School and Jon the potter from Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter

‘Secret Garden’ inspired outdoor terracotta sculpture at Suckley Primary.

Tile panel made by all the children at Broadwas Primary School

Whole school tile panel in the shape of school logo at Broadwas Primary.

Pottery owl babies made by nursery and Reception aged children from Old Church Primary School Darlaston

Individual ‘Owl Babies’ with Nursery and YR R at Old Church Primary.

thrown pots made by 40 Yr 4 children from glascote primary school in Darlaston in the West Midlands and Jon Williams from Eastnor Pottery

Potter’s wheel workshop with YR4 at Glascote Primary

clay model of tudor house made by a child at Woodlands Infants School in Solihull

‘Fire of London’ houses with YR2 at Woodands Infants.

iron age round houses models made from pottery by children at Finstall First school in Bromsgrove

Iron Age huts with YR4 at Finstall First School

Clay divas made by Early Years and KS1 children at Leominster primary school and the flying Potter Jon Williams

Pinch pot Diwali lamps with KS1 at Leominster Primary.

Hairy Potter & The Chamber of Hfd&Worcs!

The Flying Potter exhibited at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Expo event in Malvern 2017

We had great fun working with delegates and companies at the Business expo 2017 organised by The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce at The Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Visitors and exhibitors didn’t need to be asked twice if they’d like to have a go on the wheel and at certain times, participants were queuing up to tackle the clay.

The juxtaposition of a muddy potter’s wheel in amongst the suits, glamour and business paraphernalia makes for a super photograph – as you can see, we took quite a few….

delegates make pottery on the potter's wheel at busness event in Malvern

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