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A day at the wheel.

Very fond of the class of 22nd September 2018 :)

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Seven nicer individuals you’d be hard pressed to meet, spent the day learning how to make pottery on the potter’s wheel. It was a productive day with everybody filling their boards with fantastic shapes and forms, in fact we’ve never seen the pile of disregarded ‘learning’ pots look so small.

At the close, we ask participants to select their two or three favorite pieces to be fired, glazed and posted out in a months time. A difficult task at the best of times but made even harder by the sheer volume of super shapes. Most people couldn’t bare to part with their creations and payed the extra to have them finished in the kiln.

If you fancy spending a day behind the wheel please take a look at our web page dedicated to our one day and weekend courses. £130 for the day and £240 for the weekend.

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Learn a new skill in 2018

first time potters try their hand at the potter's wheel at Eastnor Pottery in HerefordshireHere we are then, our list of day and weekend potters wheel workshops for 2018.

6 & 7 Jan

Sat 13 Jan 

Fri 26 Jan

Sat 27 Jan

Sat 3 Feb

Sat 10 Feb

3 & 4 Mar

Sat 10 March

Sat 21 April

19 & 20 May

Sat 2 June

Fri 8 June

14 & 15 July

11 & 12 Aug

Sat 8 Sept

6 & 7 Oct

Sat 10 Nov

1 & 2 Dec

Other dates are available for groups of x2 or more participants.

If you’ve never experienced working with clay on the potter’s wheel, you’ll be amazed at the positive effects on mind body and soul. Don’t just take our word for it, check out what the hundreds of lovely people have said about our fabulous experiences on Trip Advisor:

“My lovely friend and I recently spent a really enjoyable day here, so enjoyable in fact that as soon as I got home I searched online for second hand potters wheels! Jon is a genuinely nice guy, and an interesting and inspirational teacher. If you want to try something new or maybe regenerate a forgotten hobby, meet lovely people, have a great lunch, and come away with a sense of achievement … then do this!” 

“After always wanting to try my luck on the potters wheel I put this voucher/experience on my wish list for a special birthday. A friend and I spent a great day here organised by some very talented and passionate artists who were also patient and lovely people eager to help beginners like myself succeed. 
There are the added advantages of the beautiful surroundings and a tasty lunch too. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending and will definitely be returning. Thanks very much for a super day.”

“I was given a day’s experience making pottery for my birthday. I had absolutely no idea what to expect, I’m not an artist or much of a ‘maker’ though I can just about put up some shelves! I had the most brilliant day. Watching Jon show us the skills was hypnotic and almost magical, though I was sure I wouldn’t manage anything like that. Despite my pile of failed clay growing steadily (all resuable, thankfully), I was determined to crack the skills. And I wasn’t disappointed! With perseverance, patient and kind tutoring, and plenty of practice, I managed a reasonable collection of half decent pots (even if many weren’t quite what I intended, they still looked great!). Everyone in the small group made things they were proud of, and I ended up paying to have a couple of extras fired (just £6 per ‘lump’ with 3 lumps included in the price). Jon is good humoured, encouraging, loves what he does and is hugely talented. He praises your failures as much as your successes, which spurs you on. I left feeling great, though slightly achey from being hunched over my wheel and from the sheer mental effort of picking up a delicate and challenging skill. Highly recommended and feel I may be back at a later date to see if I can manage a plate” 

Tel: 01531 633886 email: admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk to book your day or weekend of potter’s wheel inspired play with clay.

 

Slips & underglazes

Potter's wheel participant painting their clay pot with coloured slips and under glazes at Eastnor Pottery

We tend to keep things simple here at Eastnor Pottery. We encourage our guests to paint their freshly thrown pots in coloured slips (watered down clay) and under glazes (similar to those used in paint your own pottery cafes)

Customers value the immediacy of being able to achieve a decorative effect at the raw stage, close to how the pot will turn out post firing.

We are always staggered at the ingenuity and variety of what people make and how they decorate them. Take a look at these hand thrown creations made by eight individual adults on a weekend potter’s wheel course back in October.