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BUCKET!

July 21 & 28

August 4, 11 & 18

We’re delighted to announce details of our fun and creative sessions for families in the approaching summer holidays.

Bucket is the seasonal theme and participants will make a ‘coil pot’ bucket filled with seaside inspired loveliness. The spoils of rock pooling come to mind – crabs, fish, seashells etc but equally the bucket might be hiding a deep sea monster, octopus or a blue whale – anything goes!

As soon as families have finished modelling their creations, they’ll have the opportunity to paint them using a rainbow of coloured slips and underglazes. The work will need to dry thoroughly before it’s fired and glazed. This whole process takes about a month and participants will be contacted once their pottery has emerged from the kiln.

If customers are unable to collect their masterpieces, P+P can be arranged at £5 per model.

The clay fueled fun takes place on the following dates: 21 July, 28 July, 4 Aug, 11 Aug and 18 Aug with 1.5 hr sessions starting at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2pm.

The cost is £20 per person and all children must be accompanied by a fee paying adult. (Due to social distancing, there isn’t space for spectators or helpers – sorry!)

Book your places ONLINE or telephone 01531 633886.

owl drawing in degments projected on to wooden board, with clay pots in the foreground

jon williams drawing on to board with a projection of an owl template

A little preparation for a BIG tile panel project at Grangefield Primary School in Bishops Cleeve Gloucestershire. Jon worked with the whole school over two days to construct a giant ceramic version of the school’s logo. Each child contributed a tile and the composite image was commissioned to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary.

Must say it’s great to be back on the road working in Primary Schools and early years!

drawing of an owl in segments on a projector owl drawing in segments projected on to wooden board with measurement tracing paper on top

owl drawing in degments projected on to wooden board, with clay pots in the foreground

hand holding card board with measurement sections drawn on with black marker

 

clay hand modeled tepee with green base, fire and white chair

 

group of children sat around table taking part in a hand clay modelling session

Big thank you to all the lovely potters who took part in our GLAMPING clay modelling sessions for families. You’re all clay superstars and your creations are going to look so cool once they emerge from the kiln. Lovely to catch-up with Bubbles Nursery too!

blue plastic with 15 squared lumps of clay on toptable with round wooden boards and children's chairs surrounding ready for a clay modelling session

 

clay hand modeled tepee surrounded with multicoloured bunting and red heart on top of door with a green base

clay hand modeled lady with ornage hair, purple top and green bottomclay hand modeled tepee red and blue with person sat on a chair, fire and a white dog

mother with son and daughter embracing next to clay creations made at eastnor pottery

hand modeled clay tree with a green base

child's hand holding painting brush, painting a purple hand modelled camper van made from clay

clay hand modeled tepee with green base, fire and white chairpurple camper van with a yellow flower on the side, with a green base and white rabbit, hand modeled with clay

child holding pink 10th birthday baloon next to clay creation made at eastnor pottery2 adults and 2 children stood outside pottery holiding 10th birthday baloon and trays with their clay creations made at eastnor pottery

hand clay model depicting a glamping scene created by a child and painted with under glaze

selection of modeled clay painted with glazes, create by children with glazes in the background

child's hand holding up clay creation of a lady inside a sleeping bag painted orange, white, pink, yellow and bluetable with pots of glazes and water with paintbrushes inside after a clay modelling session

 

young girl playing with toy rabbit on a potter's wheel

Unconventional use of the potter’s wheel, but we love it!

 

 

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019

childrens hands in wet squidgy clay at cheltenham science festival 2019Under normal circumstances (remember them!?) we’d have been up to our eyeballs in clay at the brilliant Maker Shack as part of Cheltenham Science Festival.

We’ve been involved in the Makershack since its inauguration in 2017. Last 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 2021.