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.
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.
‘Secret Garden’ inspired outdoor terracotta sculpture at Suckley Primary.
Whole school tile panel in the shape of school logo at Broadwas Primary.
Individual ‘Owl Babies’ with Nursery and YR R at Old Church Primary.
Potter’s wheel workshop with YR4 at Glascote Primary
‘Fire of London’ houses with YR2 at Woodands Infants.
Iron Age huts with YR4 at Finstall First School
Pinch pot Diwali lamps with KS1 at Leominster Primary.
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….
Jack, our Practical Demonstrator and Workshop Assistant has a keen interest in photography and was recently asked to document a local ploughing match.
We loved these particularly ‘muddy’ shots. More of Jacks work can be seen on the Trumpet Agricultural Society’s Facebook page.