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clay owl made with a bag of clay by jon from eastnor pottery and the flying potter

albert the albatross stuffed bird at worcester art gallery and museum

We always enjoy a clay sesh at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, especially as we get to see our old friend Albert the Albatross!

Albert was presented to the city’s museum collection in 1902 by a Mr Percy Pryce Brown, a refrigerator engineer aboard RMS Waimate! The museum curator and top notch taxidermist Mr W. Edwards preserved the bird while a custom-made display case was built by local carpenter W. W. Hunt. Albert has been admired by museum visitors for over a hundred years and is currently displayed in the activities room….which is where we get to work with pottery participants of all ages and abilities.

This time, Jon worked with a group of youngsters from a local nursery school exploring clay on the tables and potter’s wheel. Everybody had a fantastic time and the session just flew by, almost as quickly as a wondering albatross!

albert the albatross at worcester city art gallery and museumclay owl made with a bag of clay by jon from eastnor pottery and the flying potterclay pot made on potter's wheel by early years childrenclay spider made by child at worcester city art gallerywet pot made on potter's wheel by a very young child at worcester museum

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!