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hand painted goldfinch on a potter's wheel thrown pot on a pottery course

hand painted goldfinch on a potter's wheel thrown pot on a pottery course

On day two of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course, you get to paint your pots made on day one.

We love the variety of decorative technique employed by the participants. Some people splash the colour on whilst others take a little more time with their painting. Top work Giles!

weekend pottery course participant paints a detailed goldfinch on his hand thrown pot at eastnor pottery herefordshire

terracotta pheasant made by hundreds of visitors to eastnor castle fun week

terracotta dalek from dr who at eastnor potteryOver the years, The Flying Potter has facilitated pottery workshops with oodles of festivals and events, many of which culminate in a collaborative terracotta outcome. The majority of activities often take place in temporary spaces, so the organiser doesn’t necessarily require the fired, finished masterpiece after the event has taken place. As a result, the final ‘resting place’ for many of our projects is our lovely garden here at Eastnor Pottery.

If you ever have the good fortune to visit us here in Herefordshire, please take a moment or two to scour the hedges and flower boarders – you never know what you might discover!

terracotta pheasant made by hundreds of visitors to eastnor castle fun weekcollaborative terracotta dragon made at eastnor castle by eastnor pottery and castle visitors

upside down terracotta pot made by three generations of the same family to celebrate a 70th birthday

group photo of happy family outside eastnor pottery celebrating 70th birthday

We loved collaborating with these guys to make a stunning terracotta planter to commemorate Jeanette’s mum’s 70th birthday.

upside down terracotta pot made by three generations of the same family to celebrate a 70th birthday

Three generations gathered at the Pottery to build, from scratch, a giant pot using the coiling technique. Once the surface had been smoothed off, the family set about making little clay models to decorate the surface – each clay model related to or referenced a story about the birthday girl. The end result, an encrusted and unique masterpiece that will look absolutely fabulous planted up and displayed in the garden or conservatory.

70th birthday party admiring the group pot they made at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

 

family inspecting their pottery they made at eastnor pottery

 

close up of 70th birthday terracotta pot made by family at eastnor pottery

 

rejected pots left over from potter's wheel workshopsIt’s always an extremely productive day for participants on our one day potter’s wheel workshops. Everybody makes loads and loads of work.

At the day comes to a close, we encourage participants to choose their favourite pieces to be fired and glazed.

The rejected ones are plucked from their boards and piled high in a collaborative tower before being wedged into a soft lump ready to be made into pots again and again and again! :)

#recycledclay #tomorrowspots

Lugwardine primary school logoThe Flying Potter landed at Lugwardine Primary School near Hereford just before the Easter break.

The school was celebrating all things arty and crafty in their annual arts week and pottery was just one of many art forms the children were encouraged to engage with over the five days.

Each year group was given a different country to inspire their clay work with each class making a collaborative terracotta planter encrusted with decoration associated with their assigned country. The Sydney Opera House on the Australian vessel was a particular stroke of genius!

The pots have been dried and fired at Eastnor Pottery HQ and returned to the school to take up permanent residence in their new sensory garden.

We didn’t manage to get a photo of the x7 finished terracotta pots before we delivered them (doh!) but…. they posted a lovely photo of the pots freshly made on their website:

x7 terracotta collaborative pots made by the whole of Lugwardine Primary School