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happy hen party at eastnor pottery herefordshire group photo

hen on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshirehappy hen party at eastnor pottery herefordshire group photoWe had so much fun with Emma and her bunch of merry hens!

The Welsh girls had ventured into Herefordshire for the whole weekend, leasing a large house as their base for numerous activities and field trips. Pottery featured high on the list and the organiser Sian managed to keep the visit to Eastnor a total surprise from the bride to be.

Emma took to the wheel first and made some hilarious miss-shapes before settling on a lovely little pot, applauded and appreciated by her watching friends.

We had three wheels on the go so all the party managed to make their shapes before painting them all together chatting and laughing around the table. We’ll fire and glaze the vessels in time for Emma’s wedding later this month.

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two pottery hen party participants displaying their lovely pots made at eastnor potteryhen party watching a potter's wheel demonstration at eastnor pottery in the malvern hillshen party participant paintes her freshly thrown pot made on the potter's wheel

clay castle made from individual bricks made at the cheltenham science festival by lots of families and school children

families making clay bricks in the makershack at cheltenham science festival 2019

It was fab to be back at the Cheltenham Science Festival last month.

We’ve been involved in the Makershack since its inauguration in 2017. This year we encouraged visitors to make a press molded brick, using real brick clay from Coleford Brick and Tile Company based in the Forest of Dean.

The bricks were assembled into a giant castle and we worked with nearly 10,000 people over the x6 days of the festival! – that’s a shed load of bricks! The sheer volume of visitors meant we had to build a fresh structure each day, deconstructing the building at the close and re-claiming the material for the next morning.

Athough the Makershack was primarily aimed at Primary school aged students – (and man, there must have been very few Gloucestershire schools who didn’t visit the show), on Friday night grown-ups got to play with the technology in a special after-hours session between 8pm and 10pm.

Although it’s full-on, we love the #makershack and look forward to sharing the scientific benefits of engaging with clay, with festival visitors in 2020.clay castle made from individual bricks made at the cheltenham science festival by lots of families and school children

school children enjoying hands on making clay bricks at cheltenham science festival 2019

jug made by eastnor pottery course participant nicci

We’ve been running workshops here at Eastnor Pottery and out in the wider community for 25 years. Safe to say, we’ve introduced tens of thousands of people to the delights of working with clay. Some of whom have proper ‘got the bug’, purchased a wheel and have never looked back.

Nicci is one such recent convert to the clay.

Having attended a couple of our weekend potter’s wheel courses earlier in the year she’s  purchased a W&K and attending a weekly course at her local college. She’s engaging with the squidgy stuff daily and sampling all kinds of wheel based making techniques on her course.

Here are a few results from an exploration into the world of jug making.

jug made by eastnor pottery workshop veteran Nicci

thrown jug made by eastnor pottery workshop participant niccijug made by eastnor pottery course participant nicciWe think she’s ace and her enthusiasm and skill is properly reflected by these fab results.

 

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