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pottery funwith the flying potter at Childwickbury arts festival

Looks like the Flying Potter has a busy few months ahead! Just look at all the lovely events and festivals the mobile division of Eastnor Pottery will be hosting clay workshops over the Summer. Hope to see you at one of them! :)

4-9 June Makershack, Cheltenham Science Festival. Come and make a clay brick using traditional clay brick making techniques for our collaborative sculpture. FREE event 10am – 5pm daily. Late opening on Friday 8pm-10pm

participants display their clay tiles at science festival 2018

14 June Royal Three Counties Show  Three Counties Showground Malvern. Jon will be there with his potter’s wheel entertaining school groups on the Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire stand.

 

The flying potter at the royal agricultural show malvern 2019

5-7 July Childwickbury Arts Fair, Hertfordshire. Take a spin on the potter’s wheel the take your clay pot away on the day to paint at home. 10am – 5pm

pottery funwith the flying potter at Childwickbury arts festival

13 July Brockhampton – come and play with clay in the orchards making insect homes and pots on the kick wheel. 10.30am – 3.30pm

child showing his clay fish made at hellens garden festival 2018

20 July Berrington Hall More brick making! Contribute to a collaborative interactive installation. Make and decorate one for the art work and one to take home as a keep sake.

girl making a clay brick at berrington hall with the flying potter

21-25 July Eastnor Castle. It’s the annual Flying Potter residency! You’ll get the chance to make a dragon head or dino scull to take away and paint at home.

Terracotta Trex made by families at Eastnor Castle with help from Eastnor Pottery

26-27 July Black Country Museum. Adult and family workshop sessions exploring various pottery making techniques and themed on the colourful ceramic world of the art potter Ruskin.

pottery workshop participant making a pot on the potter's wheel at the black country museum west midlands

8-11 Aug LAKEFEST! Right here right now, (well in a couple of months anyway!) Once again we’re venturing across the A438 into the deerpark to offer punters the chance to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel at this relaxed and family friendly music festival.

pottery wheel fun at lakefest music festival with eastnor pottery and the flying potter 2019

pottery wheel hen party at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

pottery wheel hen party at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

Another weekend, another top notch potter’s wheel hen party :) WE LOVE OUR JOB!!!

Kiri and her bunch of merry hens set up ‘GlastonKri!’ at Canvas & Clover in Worcestershire before popping over the boarder on Saturday morning for spot of pottery making on the potter’s wheel.

The group had set up camp Friday and had a ‘fantastic’ ;) evening around the camp fire. 10am the next day at the Pottery and it wasn’t just the potter’s wheels that were spinning we can tell you!! ;)

The girls quickly warmed to the pot making task and made some wonderful shapes and had a fab time.

Thanks for coming and well done everybody – we loved working with you :)

We made a little Facebook photo album too :)

freshly thrown pots initialled with hen party names

workshop participant at eastnor pottery proud of her pot made on the potter's wheel

 

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Just over a week to go to the amazing FREE HeyClay event and BBCGetCreative (one of the partners) have published an article about creativity and well being carried out by BBCArts. Definitely worth a gander and you can even take a test to see how best to maximise your own well being through creative pursuits.

Here’s the article:

Good news for those juggling time pressures in today’s busy, modern life. According to research commissioned by BBC Arts, even the briefest time spent on a creative pastime such as painting, pottery or playing the piano has an impact on our wellbeing and emotions.

In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 people taking part, last year’s Great British Creativity Test – in partnership with UCL – explored for the first time how creative activities can help us manage our mood and boost wellbeing.

Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL Senior Research Fellow and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker, the research shows there are three main ways we use creativity as coping mechanisms to control our emotions:

  1. A distraction tool – using creativity to avoid stress.
  2. A contemplation tool – using creativity to give us the mind space to reassess problems in our lives and make plans.
  3. A means of self-development to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence.

Trying new creative activities is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing. The research found that getting hands-on with something new and creative is important regardless of skill level – it is the taking part that counts.

Constantly learning and trying new creative pursuits is also more beneficial, as the survey revealed that doing an activity for more than ten years means it can become less effective at regulating negative emotions.

and if you want to try making a pot on the potter’s wheel for FREE call us on 01531 633886 and we’ll book you in at some point over the 17-19 May HeyClay extravaganza here at the Pottery.

It came to our attention earlier it’s World penguin Day!

Penguin Fact:

Did you know there are 17 species of penguin and all of them live in the Southern hemisphere?

Not sure how you’d classify them but here’s a selection of pottery penguins made by our lovely workshop participants.

Enjoy & Happy World Penguin Day!

a purple glazed pottery penguin made at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

hey clay participant makes a pot for free at eastnor pottery as part of the crafts council's and bbc get creative event

hey clay participant makes a pot for free at eastnor pottery as part of the crafts council's and bbc get creative event

crafts council event hey clay participant makes a pot for free at eastnor pottery in herefordshireHey Clay is back!

On May 17-19 we will again be offering individuals and families the opportunity to make a pot on the potter’s wheel for FREE! 

Hey Clay! is an annual, national event designed to increase participation in clay work and all things pottery. It’s organised by The Crafts Council and is part of the BBC’s Get Creative campaign.

We love Hey Clay and have taken part every year since it’s inception in 2015. It’s a brilliantly busy weekend and we get to meet lots of new people, most of which have never touched clay before.

Participants get to take their creations home on the day to dry and paint at home, or for a small fee, they can be left with us to be fired and glazed.

15 min slots are available through-out the three days but pre-booking is essential. Please tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to reserve a place.