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plastic tray holding coil clay pots painted blue and a larger pot decorated with 3D faces

Just before the end of term we helped Yr 5&6 at Redmarley Primary School make a lovely collaborative pot. The students also made individual ‘Memory’ coil pots to remind themselves of their time spent at primary school.clay pot dcorated with 3D faces and coil clay pots in the background

plastic tray holding coil clay pots painted blue and a larger pot decorated with 3D faces

blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owl

blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owls face

It’s the last day of term – Hurrah!

Jon usually works with two or three schools a week, particularly in the Summer term when exams are out the way and arts weeks are common place. Obviously things were a little bit different this year but Jon still managed to visit one school a week, mainly to complete projects that had been arranged pre-pandemic.

This magnificent tile panel will be mounted outside the reception area at Grangefield Primary School in Bishops Cleeve, welcoming visitors to the school forever more.

Head teacher Karen commissioned Jon to work with every child in the school to produce a collaborative, wall mounted artwork to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary. The owl is both school emblem and logo and made for a really strong graphic. If you get close up you’ll see the piece has been assembled from individual feathers – each one made by a different pupil.

potter jon williams leaning over putting blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owl

terracotta tiles painted blue and green with a glue gun tip in corner and glue on wooden surface

 

blue white and green tiles hand modeled with clay which together make up an owl

blue plaque with writing writing reading' grangefield school 2000-2020' and sgraffito writing reading 'celebrating our 20th anniversary, flying high to spread our wings, eastnor pottery'

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

 

mobile pottery studio eastnor pottery and the flying pottery facilitated drop-in pottery workshops at countrytastic in malvern


It’s HOME LEARNING week here at Eastnor Pottery!

Over the next five days we are going to sign posting you to our fabulous and FREE ‘how to make pottery’ video tutorials over on our YouTube channel.

Each day we’ll be highlighting a different video and making technique:

MONDAY 18 January – Coil pot owl.

TUESDAY 19 January – Slab built house.

WEDNESDAY 20 January – Potter’s wheel.

THURSDAY 21 January – Pinch pot monster

FRIDAY 22 January – Pottery fish.

In the absence of a kiln, you can let your creations dry and then seal them with a mixture of PVA glue and water (50/50 mix) – a couple of coats should do the job. Once the PVA has dried, you can paint your creations with acrylic paint, or whatever you can lay your hands on!

Even if you don’t have any proper clay, the projects work well with play dough to.

Happy Making! Oh and if you get chance, we’d love to see what you get up to. Just send us a photo of your finished work to any of our social media platforms and we’ll share and comment on your creativity. We’re @eastnorpottery on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

home potter james potter's wheel

young pottery enthusiast and his shiny new potter's wheel

James (above) has attended our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class on a several occasions. Prior to Lockdown #2, James, along with his Mum and Aunty, took the ‘next step’ and indulged in one of our full day Potter’s Wheel Courses.

Fair to say, James has been bitten by the bug and his dedication to the cause in one so young is totally inspiring. We asked James a few questions:

How long have you been working with clay?

When I knew that we were having time off school due to COVID in March, my Aunty Sue suggested I take up a new hobby. I had already been to Eastnor Pottery a couple of times and after watching the Great Pottery Throw Down, I was inspired to buy a Potter’s Wheel. I researched on the internet and found one which suited me and it arrived within a week. Since then, I have converted Mum’s outside shed into my ‘Potter’s Shed’ and whilst in lockdown, I was in there every day. Now I am back at school, my time in the shed is limited to the weekends when Sue often comes on a Sunday morning for a session.

What inspires you to make things?

The Great Pottery Throw Down was a big influence for my creations. Sue also bought a book for my birthday called “Simon Leach’s Pottery Handbook” which has many helpful tips and ideas. I also get inspired by the outside world, such as when we went to Borth for a day trip in the Summer, I saw a mosaic painting on the sea defense wall and I came home and had a go at making a mosaic using air dry clay.

What’s the best piece of artwork you have ever made? (doesn’t have to be clay)

I have tried many different crafts including knitting, rug making and sewing but very proud of making three miniature pots which I am working on at the moment. These include a cream jug, a flared pot and a mustard pot with a spoon.

home potter james potter's wheel