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1666 & all that…

Love my visits to Woodlands Infant School in Shirley, Solihull. On this occasion I worked with year 2, encouraging each pupil to make a slab built house reminiscent of the architecture common at the time of the Great Fire of London.Smashing pottery house made with Eastnor Pottery

Quite an advanced clay project for sure, but the children’s hollow houses look all the better for being dented and squashed!

The clay houses will be fired (appropriately so) and returned to the school later in the term.


Woodloes Primary Pottery Project

Woodloes Primary School in Warwickshire employed ceramic artist Jon Williams to help the entire school create 8 magnificent collaborative planters. Each terracotta pot was built by a different YR group, with every child making a clay selfie to decorate the surface.Brilliant collaborative pots with Eastnor Pottery and Woodloes Primary

Each YR group documented their clay session – results of which can be seen by selecting the appropriate link below:

Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Ledbury Primary School Nursery

Jon the Potter at Ledbury Primary School Nursery

Pleased as punch to be back at LPS working with the children and staff in the Nursery. This is the fourth year in succession we have run the project exploring language and communication within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) via the medium of clay. Parents and carers are also encouraged to stay and work with their children.Create shapes in clay at Ledbury Primary School NurseryEastnor Pottery with Ledbury Primary School Nursery

The sessions have proved extremely successful, growing in popularity with parents year by year. The first session this time around was no exception and we had a full house of young potters and their significant grown ups making clay pizza, cakes and pottery monsters.

Here are a few nuggets of conversation:

“my clay is cold”

cherry pizza….I like our pizzas…..snake cherry and splat pizza”

 “I’ve made a little cake…I’m going to make my big cake…..I need one more cherry….You cant eat the mud!…one cherry squished…How did you cut your cake like a pizza?”

Interesting shapes after Ledbury Primary School Nursery workshop


Grecian coil pots

Great Greek Pottery piece made with Picklenash Primary and Eastnor PotteryWe are often called upon by primary schools to work with children to extend their learning about certain topics within the curriculum.

Ancient Greece provides ample opportunity for clay and pottery work and if we had a pound for every time…. ;)

Jon had a lovely day working in Newent with Yr 4, 5 and 6 at Picklenash Junior School, part of the Federation of Newent Schools. The children made their very own interpretations of traditional shapes, examples of which can be seen by selecting the following links: Amphorae, SkyphoiHydriai and Rhyton.

Example of Ancient Greek ceramic work

School sign @MichaelchurchEscley

Pottery project with Herefordshire primary schoolAnother glorious early autumn day and another idyllic primary school  set in the depths of rural Herefordshire.

This time my travels took me to Michaelchurch Escley Primary School at the foot of the Brecon Beacons and close to the welsh boarder.

I’ve worked in the area on and off for the past ten years or so. It’s beautiful isolation has led to artists, writers and creative types settling in the area. Their offspring attend the local school, all 45 of them to learn in a relaxed and stimulating environment.

I’m always impressed at the quality of their artwork and the dexterity with which they work the clay, hardly surprising really, considering the children’s background and surroundings.

We spent the day making brightly coloured tiles for a new sign to welcome visitors at the entrance to the school.

Herefordshire Primary School moto made from clay as part of pottery project


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