29th June 2016 — Matthew Wilcock, winner of the popular 2015 BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down, came to Hornsby House School in Balham to open the new kiln room. Pupils from Years 4 and 5 watched the official opening and gave Matthew a huge cheer as he cut the ribbon.
Matthew also ran an exciting pottery workshop with 20 pupils from Year 5. The children loved working with him and he shared many techniques and interesting ideas. Matthew is Resident Potter at Giggleswick School in Yorkshire and balances teaching responsibilities with producing his own work. His passion for ceramics came from his parents and his greatest inspiration has been his father, Geoff Wilcock, who has worked as a ceramics teacher and technician for over 40 years.
Pottery will now feature in the art curriculum for all Key Stage 2 pupils from September and there will be an after school club for children who are keen to do more. Hornsby House will also offer access to the new kiln to some local primary schools which do not have their own firing facilities.
Helen Shannon, Head of Art, said: “We were delighted that Matthew opened our new kiln room. He did a wonderful workshop with the children and we are all looking forward to doing lots more pottery next year.”