Having worked with the morning Nursery group before the Christmas break, it’s now the turn of the PM potters at Ledbury Primary School Nursery to work with clay.
One of my favourite introductory activities is unloading a 12.5kg lump in the middle of the table, stand well back and just see what the clay hungry youngsters do.
Loving the aesthetics of this finger deep texture created by many grabbing hands.
Just before Christmas Sarah spent a creative morning at Bosbury Primary school working with YR6 exploring ancient Greek pottery. Here are the fired results of their creative endeavours.
You get to meet some talented staff and parents when you work with as many schools as we do.
Whilst working at Lickey Hills Primary in Bromsgrove making collaborative pots with 260 children in a day (I kid you not!) we were photographed by a professional photographer who just happened to be a parent at the school.
Henriette Lang specialises in family portraits and current work can be spied right here on her Facebook page.
Henriette’s photos were also featured in the local paper.
As we unpack the kilns we’ll always attempt to document the wonderful fired and glazed made by schools, groups and individuals. Please take a look at the photos of recent ceramic creations – you’ll find x4 giant plates filled with cakes and confectionary produced by x4 Birmingham Children’s Centres, inspired by the children’s book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’. There‘s also a selection of pottery ‘fire of London’ houses made by Woodlands Infants School in Shirley.
This time last year I was in the throws of an exciting early years project in Wolverhampton. Happy Craftplay took place at the brilliant Bilston Craft Gallery in Wolverhampton as part of a national initiative called Happy Museum.
Myself and two other makers (Annemarie O’Sullivan and Corrie Williamson) were commissioned to produce a body of work based upon a series of creative sessions held at the Gallery. Staff, parents and children from the nursery at Loxdale Primary School explored materials in the Gallery garden.
We three artists each produced an artwork which was then handed over to Craftplay for them to use on a regular basis.
Craftplay, Craftspace and ourselves met up at The Pottery a few weeks back to evaluate the project and discuss how the commissions were being used since their inception. There was also a little time at the end for a spot of pot making on the wheels. As Jack from Craftplay commented “a perfect combo of thinking and fun.”