Collaborative pottery arts project in Herefordshire's St Marys Primary school FownhopeWe are chuffed to bits with this fantastic rainbow collaborative tile panel made with all the children at St Mary’s Primary School, Fownhope, Herefordshire.

Each child created an individual tile representing one of the School’s values with each year group responsible for a different colour of the rainbow.

The finished panel will be hung in the school hall for everybody to admire and as a constant reminder of what can be achieved through everybody working together.

Rainbow tile panel created by students at St Marys Primary School Fownhope Herefordshire

Great to be back at Ledbury Primary School Nursery working with the youngest and most creative pottery participants.

Every year we take bags of squishy clay, tools and a potter’s wheel into LPS Nursery to explore language and communication whilst working with clay. Parents too are invited into school to work alongside their children.

Squashed Owl made of Clay at Ledbury Primary School with Eastnor PotteryHere’s what one parent (Joe’s mum!) had to say about the projec: (text taken from a pamphlet produced by the school)

“It gave me a real insight into understanding how the Early Years works. As parents we had the oportunity to communicate with our children in an inspiring setting with a good role model, Jon the Potter. The project just enchanced the wonderful work Rose already does in Nursery. I was also amazed at how much knowledge Joe had about pottery. As parents we don’t realise how much they are learning. It also gave parents who wern’t so confident in coming into school the opportunity to build relationships with staff in the Nursery. It was great when Joe brought his pot home and was really proud of his work.”

The project has been so succesful at LPS that it’s been rolled out into other settings. During the Summer term we worked with the Nursery class at Cradley Primary School and this Autumn we have just completed a six week block at Ledbury Play Station.


Stcky, clay covered hands at Cradley Primary School with Eastnor Pottery and a Potter's WheelEastnor Pottery working with Cradley Primary School to explore language communication through clayFinished coil pots made with Eastnor Pottery at Cradley CE Primary SchoolCan you imagine all the conversation and learning that occurred in the production of these magnificent clay works at Cradley Nursery? Not to mention a shed load of messy, early years, clay fuelled exploration and fun.

The project continues in the Autumn term at Play Station Day Nursery in Ledbury. Cant wait!

Eastnor Pottery's Previous Tile Panel made at Northwick Manor Infants SchoolThe Summer term is a particularly busy time  as a lot of schools hire our services for a special ‘one off’ creative project.

We’ve been facilitating clay workshops for schools in the Three Counties for the past 20 years and I reckon we’ve worked with at least 3/4 of the educational settings in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

It is always a pleasure to rekindle a relationship with a school we’ve worked with previously – we also get to see how the creative results have stood the test of time.

Even though the children who made the work have long since grown up, it’s always a delight to see past ceramic successes still on public display. Here’s a couple of tile panels we’ve come across in the last few weeks.

Pottery Workshop of the Past with Eastnor Pottery and Abberley School

Hands in clay at Cradley Primary School with Eastnor Pottery

Inspired by my on-going and succesful partnership with Ledbury Primary School Nursery investigating language and communication through working with clay, I’ve been privilaged to replicate some of the work with Cradley Primary School.

Here’s an exerpt from my notes after week 4 focusing on one childs development:

A has built up a range of skills and language related to the potter’s wheel and is able to work through the sequence of making a pot on the wheel remembering all the key points and actions and how to hold her hands at different stages.

“Can I make a cup – a big one?”  gestures with her hands stretched out wide to their limit. (maths and measurement) when I tell her this isn’t possible because of the size of clay she recalculates her gesture into something a little more realistic. I’m covered in hundreds of clay splats from working with the children on the potter’s wheel. “it doesn’t matter cos you are in your work clothes”  She also demonstrates independence before she even sits down at the wheel. “Can I make it on my own?” Also offers advice to a fellow potter: “Put your finger in it H, it makes it into a cup”

Here’s a comment from the Nursery Head:

“Thanks for today. I have been looking through the photos and managed to get some great feedback from the staff about the morning. I absolutely love reading your notes. They make me realise just how worthwhile and different this project is for all of us. A real focus for our challenging preschool boys it would seem. We have had some lovely feedback from R on tapestry after working with you and reading your notes is very interesting. It’s a bit like an out of body experience! We observe these kids all the time but reading your obs helps us see different things too! I loved the obs about all our boisterous boys being so encouraging with each other.”

I love my job!