Going all to pot teaches Morpeth youngsters the secrets of success

Warkworth's Lorna Watkinson, right, with Lyn Horton, of Bedlington charity Leading Link, and students.
Warkworth's Lorna Watkinson, right, with Lyn Horton, of Bedlington charity Leading Link, and students.

Going all to pot could be the key to success, Northumbrian youngsters are being told.

Lorna Watkinson, owner of Warkworth’s Rainbow Pottery Painting, has teamed up with Bedlington charity Leading Link to run enterprise workshops to junior schools in the county.

Lorna, a former advertising executive, is using her skills in decorating pottery to help the children identify products they can make for sale at markets.

Her business vision workshops have been adapted to fit in with lessons at the first school to get involved in the project, St Robert’s RC First School in Morpeth.

Pottery-painting sessions help the children to keep their vision for their business idea in sight and remember what they’re working towards.

During the workshops, they are asked to think about what sort of products they would like to sell.

They then draw their designs on to a tile or a mug to be fired up by Lorna in a kiln to provide them with permanent visual reminders of the sessions.

Lyn Horton, manager of education charity Leading Link, was delighted by the enthusiasm shown by youngsters for the workshops, saying: “These are the entrepreneurs of the future, and at such a young age, they are already discussing ways to market their products and services to a wider audience than Morpeth’s weekly market.

“Lorna really has a way with the children that grabs their attention and captures their enthusiasm.”

The children will visit Morpeth Market soon to get more ideas about promoting their products before taking over a stall themselves.

Ideas generated by the children with Lorna’s help include T-shirts featuring a Morpeth clock tower design, decorated sweets, snow globes and painted canvasses.

Lorna said: “My sessions offer the children real value and much more than simply decorating a piece of pottery.

“They are a way of experimenting with ideas, testing the reaction of their peers and having a lot of fun creating their own products.

“It’s a complete learning experience for the youngsters.”

Following the success of a pilot workshop at the Oldgate school, Lorna is now hoping to hold them at other first and primary schools, with a view to an enterprise challenge being contested by youngsters later in the year.

For details, go to www.rainbowpotterypainting.co.uk