painted pottery clay leaf tilesWorking with so many people (approx. 10, 000 a year!) I inevitably share my pottery skills with artists and creatives who work in other media.

These exquisite clay tiles were made by a Jeweller, who also volunteers as a youth worker at TVYP in Wigmore. The young people we are working with are making a collaborative tile panel in the shape of a tree destined to be hung on an exterior wall at the Youth Centre.

pottrey animation in progress at tvyp wigmorepotters wheel animation made at tvyp youth clubpotters wheel animation underway at tvyp wigmore

Been working with Teme Valley Youth Project (TVYP) in Wigmore, introducing the young people there to the delights of the potter’s wheel and other clay making techniques. On the suggestion of my co-artist Stephen, we added stop animation into the creative mix. Featured above are a few stills from a short animation experiment created by one of the participants.

clay film collaboration at yart final event in herefordSix months, nine artists, copious young people and a shed load of blood, sweat and tears culminated on Sunday evening as the final YArt event took place in Hereford city centre. There was skateboarding, drama, singing, dancing, paintings, prints and pottery.

The resut was amazing and testiment to all the hard work invested by all involved and of course the talented youngsters we seem to have in abundance in Hfds.

Pictured here: video clips from the creative sessions held across the county, projected onto soft, clay tiles produced by the young participants.

creative arts sessions for young people living herefordshireThe multi facited, multi disciplined YArt project resumed after the Christmas break recently. This week I had the privillage of working with the young people of Leominster, Wigmore and Michaelchurch Esclay.

The project will culminate in a big arts event on 1st April in the centre of Hereford.

D-block workshop for Y-art

D-block workshop for Y'artThe first half of the ambitious YArt project is nearing to an end. Hundreds of Herefordshire’s young people have participated in arts workshops in venues across the county.

The initial six weeks have all been about the participants, artists and stakeholders getting to know each other and exploring various creative activities.

I’ve certainly had a load of fun working with Toni, Janine and Beccy and cant wait to see how these brilliant collaborations develop in the coming months after the Christmas break.