We usually start a session in a school with a discussion about the many uses of clay and pottery. When posed with the question “what objects do you think of when you think of pottery?” the children’s answers are predictable – mugs, cups, plates, bowls…. etc. Not so at Finstall First School in Bromsgrove! A YR4 had us in stitches with his answer “old people!” lol
Some stereo types are so deeply ingrained!
Each pot made on a potter’s wheel by a first time participant is totally unique. The shape is as individual to its maker as their very own fingerprint – everybody holds their hands in a different way.
Once participants have experienced the joys of making a pot, they are offered the opportunity to further individualise their freshly thrown ware by decorating with coloured slips and underglazes.
The variety of approach to colour and theme is awe inspiring. Just take a look at the multitude of effects (and shapes) of these recently fired & glazed customer creations.
A sample of Eastnor Pottery’s customers creations made on the potter’s wheel and hand decorated.
Children’s potter’s wheel workshop sessions in the ½ term Holiday – 25th October 2017
As October half term rapidly approaches, we are delighted to announce details of our fun and creative children’s pottery workshop sessions planned for Wednesday 25th October.
The tale of the Enormous Turnip will provide the autumnal inspiration with participants each taking a turn on the potter’s wheel to make a trug for their root vegetable.
Instead of pulling handles, the children will ‘pull’ turnips from the earth!
One at a time, they will sample the delights of the potter’s wheel, taking their little pot back to the table to be filled with hand-modelled Autumnal fare.
The children will be using terracotta clay and their fired creations will be ready for collection from the Pottery approx. one month later.
Sessions are designed for two age groups although younger and older siblings will never be turned away: 11.30am-1pm 4-8YRS and 2-3.30pm 9-12YRS. Places cost £15 per child with a 10% discount for x3 or more places booked. Telephone or email booking essential. 01531 633886 email@example.com
It sure was a busy one and we’ve had so much fun working with each and every one of our wonderfully creative visitors – thanks for coming!
We always ask if customers don’t mind posing for a photo or two, documenting their time spent with us. Think we managed to snap most of them:
Summer hols 2017 week one.
Summer hols 2017 week two
Summer hols 2017 week three
Summer hols 2017 week four & five
Summer hols 2017 week six
Great to be back at the 30th Hay Festival of Literature 2017 in May.
On one of our last outings at the Festival, back in 2008 it rained and rained and rained for the whole duration. We found ourselves working in a foot of muddy water, the consistency of chocolate smoothie, constructing a mud sofa and arm chair with festival goers young and old.
We were delighted to be re-united with quite a few veterans of the 2008 mud bath, including these twin girls who had braved the mire aged just 4 yrs. Here they are then and now!