Pottery project with herefordshire youth clubRecently delivered this magnificent coat of arms created by the young people at Barons Cross Youth Centre nr Leominster.

The ceramic crest was created in the depths of winter as part of the influential and socially beneficial Yart project facilitated by Brightstripe.


Colourful collaborative owl made by young people at Barons Cross Youth Centre near LeominsterDuring the early part of 2015, I had the privilege to work with a group of young people at Barons Cross Youth Club near Leominster.

YArt or Young Arts Blitz is an exciting artist led program in youth centres around Herefordshire and managed by Brightstripe – Cultural Health C.I.C.

Participants at Barons Cross experienced the potter’s wheel and a range of hand building pottery techniques as well as creating their very own ceramic coat of arms.

This colourful collaborative owl was made by the young people in the final couple of weeks.

HRH Princess Anne visits teme valley youth project in Wigmore HerefordshireMet HRH Princess Anne the other day at the Teme Valley Youth Project in Wigmore . Details from Hereford Times

I’ve previously met the Queen and HRH Prince of Wales at separate events so not to many members of the Royal family to go!

fox sculpture created from recycled wood made by Joe at Wigmore Youth ProjectWhilst sticking leaves to the wall at Wigmore, talented young artist Joe  was putting the finishing touches to this wonderful sculpture made entirely from re-cycled wood.

More of Joe’s artwork can be seen here. Top work Joe!

pottery leaf tiles incorporated into graffitiI’ve been working with the young people at Teme Valley Youth Project on an arts project called Yart.

As well as experiencing all the usual benefits associated with working with clay, the participants made these fantastic ceramic leaf tiles incorporated into a graffiti mural painted on the outside of the youth centre.

I reckon the effect looks pretty good and one I’d definately like to explore further.