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clay bricks made at national trust berrington hall with jon the potter from eastnor pottery

flying potter at national trust brockhampton herefordshire

Ashamed to say we’ve been in Herefordshire 25 years and until recently, hadn’t managed to visit either Brockhampton and Berrington Hall, two of the counties esteemed National Trust properties.

We certainly put this to right this Summer! With-in the space of a week in July, we facilitated clay workshops at both properties!

On Saturday 13 July visitors to the Brockhampton Estate were able to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel amongst the mature apple trees in the orchard. We were there as part of a ‘Fun for all’ community event hosted by National Trust Brockhampton as part of their exciting Reimagining Orchard project.

The following Saturday we appeared at Berrington Hall near Leominster. We set up stall in the famous curved wall garden and made mini clay bricks. Participants made two bricks each – one to take away and another to be fired and installed as an interactive ceramic piece at Berrington.

There are exciting times ahead at both sites as each has ambitious plans to develop their outside spaces and enhance the visitor experience.

clay bricks made at national trust berrington hall with jon the potter from eastnor pottery

 

 

pottery tiles made in the shape and colour of autumn leaves

autumnal pottery leaves made by children and painted in orange and red

Leaf peeping!?? no, neither had we! Apparently, it’s the informal term given to the viewing and photographing of the ‘Fall’ in the USA and Canada.

In celebration of the imminent and amazing Autumnal change to our own trees and shrubs in The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, we are running clay modelling sessions on a seasonal theme.

‘Leaf Peeping!’ is the title and visitors to the Pottery during September, October and November will have the opportunity to make a clay leaf tile painted in a riot of Autumnal colour. You’ll leave your creation with us to fire and glaze for approx. one month, after which it will be available for collection from the Pottery. Don’t worry if you cant make the return trip, we’ll package and post your pottery masterpiece for an additional £5.

If you are looking for inspiration prior to your visit – get yourself to The Forest of Dean and get snapping those incredible shapes and colours!

Places cost £20 per person inclusive of all materials, firing and glazing. Sessions can be booked Tuesday – Saturday and start at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. Please email us or call 01531 633886 to book you place.

pottery tiles made in the shape and colour of autumn leaves

happy hen party at eastnor pottery herefordshire group photo

hen on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshirehappy hen party at eastnor pottery herefordshire group photoWe had so much fun with Emma and her bunch of merry hens!

The Welsh girls had ventured into Herefordshire for the whole weekend, leasing a large house as their base for numerous activities and field trips. Pottery featured high on the list and the organiser Sian managed to keep the visit to Eastnor a total surprise from the bride to be.

Emma took to the wheel first and made some hilarious miss-shapes before settling on a lovely little pot, applauded and appreciated by her watching friends.

We had three wheels on the go so all the party managed to make their shapes before painting them all together chatting and laughing around the table. We’ll fire and glaze the vessels in time for Emma’s wedding later this month.

If you want a totally unique and creative hen party experience then please check out our hen party packages for large groups and not so large groups!

two pottery hen party participants displaying their lovely pots made at eastnor potteryhen party watching a potter's wheel demonstration at eastnor pottery in the malvern hillshen party participant paintes her freshly thrown pot made on the potter's wheel

70 year old makes pottery with her family at eastnor pottery in herefordshire

70 year old makes pottery with her family at eastnor pottery in herefordshireYou never too old or too young for a pottery birthday party!

A few weeks back, Pat and her grown-up children all made pots on the potter’s wheel to celebrate her special day.

They all had so much fun ‘performing’ for each other on the wheel before the social activity of painting their freshly thrown creations around the table.

jug made by eastnor pottery course participant nicci

We’ve been running workshops here at Eastnor Pottery and out in the wider community for 25 years. Safe to say, we’ve introduced tens of thousands of people to the delights of working with clay. Some of whom have proper ‘got the bug’, purchased a wheel and have never looked back.

Nicci is one such recent convert to the clay.

Having attended a couple of our weekend potter’s wheel courses earlier in the year she’s  purchased a W&K and attending a weekly course at her local college. She’s engaging with the squidgy stuff daily and sampling all kinds of wheel based making techniques on her course.

Here are a few results from an exploration into the world of jug making.

jug made by eastnor pottery workshop veteran Nicci

thrown jug made by eastnor pottery workshop participant niccijug made by eastnor pottery course participant nicciWe think she’s ace and her enthusiasm and skill is properly reflected by these fab results.