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weekend pottery course participant handles the clay

happy potters displaying their coloured pots made on a pottery weekend at eastnor pottery

Say hello to Leigh and Kate who recently participated on one of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Courses.

Once we got chatting, it was clear both were going to make excellent potters! Leigh practically has clay running through his veins…

His grandad had been one of the last ‘Firemen’ to attend to the very last bottle kiln firing in Stoke on Trent. In fact, when the kiln was decommissioned, Gladstone Pottery Museum asked him if he would like to be employed to fire their bottle kiln as part of their exhibition program. He naturally declined having spent a lifetime loading and unloading bottle kilns, it was the last thing he fancied doing in retirement!

Leigh’s Grandmother was employed as a packer for Beswick and his Aunty was a guilder for Wedgewood.

weekend pottery course participant handles the clay

Kate grew up in Cornwall and has associations with the creative community in St Ives – home of revered 20th Century potter and writer Bearnard Leach.

 

No pressure then when they took to the wheels…

husband and wife weekend pottery participants at eastnor pottery

They certainly lived up to our expectations and took to the wheel like ducks to water. Oh, and it appears they are both a bit of a whiz with needle and thread too. They lovingly made their aprons especially for the weekend course.

pottery course participants scratch a monogram into the base of a pot

pottery sign and bluebells at eastnor pottery herefordshire

pottery sign and bluebells at eastnor pottery herefordshire

If you needed anymore proof of the power of pottery, please read Fran’s heartwarming review of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course.

My partner and I spent a weekend doing this course. My partner had experience (60 years ago) and wanted to renew his interest. I had no prior experience. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My partner has Alzheimers and finds it hard to concentrate. I was worried he would find the course confusing. I need not have worried. The friendly, genuinely warm and interested, approach of Jon and Sarah, the pace and attention they gave to all their students and the lovely environment of their studio helped us both relax. A delightful weekend which I would both wholeheartedly recommend and would like to repeat.

Thanks Fran and we enjoyed our weekend just as much as you did.potter's wheel course participants work drying in the sun at eastnor pottery

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery

hand made and painted cake stand

Imagine serving up your mince pies on this beauty!

Elizabeth and her mum attended one of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course earlier this year. She loved it so much she booked another weekend and brought her friends. This wonderful cake stand was made on her second visit.

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery

pottery course student covered in terracotta clay

pottery course student covered in terracotta clayThere’s always one!!!!

Due to unprecedented demand for our potter’s wheel day courses we’ve added three extra dates early in 2022:

Sunday 9 Jan

Sunday 6 Feb

Sunday 6 March

Perfect opportunity to be ‘the one’!

Details and how to book online.

two terracotta goblets in front of a large teal and splatter decorated jug

two terracotta goblets in front of a large teal and splatter decorated jug

Emma & Matt’s wine kit! #winewednesday

A beautiful decanter & goblets made on our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course.

Matt made the amazing ‘splatter’ jug and Emma was responsible for the beautiful terracotta goblets – Teamwork makes the dream work!

Emma and Matt are regulars on our weekend events and in a very short space of time have acquired some mighty fine pottery skills. Well done you two!

curve shaped jug with textured handle, painted teal and decorated with splattered paint

up close image of ceramic teal and decorated with splattered paint

terracotta goblets, one laying flat the other up right, painted teal inside