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Ceramics tutor raises money for the NHS

13 May 2020


A ceramics tutor from Activate Learning’s Bracknell and Wokingham College has put her skills to good use by throwing pottery to raise money for NHS charities. 

Samantha Robertson, who teaches ceramics at Woodley Hill House is just one of the hundreds of potters nationwide who are taking part in throw for the NHS. The project was launched on 1 May. On the first day of every month, Samantha along with all of the other potters give up a part of their day to throw for NHS charities. 

The pieces are then sold by the potter and all of the profits go to NHS charities. 

Samantha has created cacti and herb planters in her home studio and has raised £140 so far.  

Herb and cacti planters made by Samantha Robertson

Samantha Robertson, Ceramics Lecturer and Learning for Leisure Coordinator at Activate Learning, said: “I am part of a local volunteer group called 'Bordon Buddies' who are supporting elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating at this time, so in my spare time I am collecting prescriptions and food shopping, but I wanted to do more specifically for the NHS as I have friends and family who are nurses working on the front line.  

“I saw a post on social media for Throw for the NHS and thought it was a perfect opportunity to combine my passion for making ceramics with the positive benefits of raising money for NHS charities.  

“The campaign launched on 1 May, so I spent the day throwing planters and am now busy getting them finished ready to sell and start raising some money.  

“Each month I will be making new pieces of work from my home studio, so you can follow my progress on Instagram @sjr_ceramics or #throwforthenhs to see all potters across the country who are involved. 

“I feel privileged to be part of a collective of makers who have come together to do something positive and make a small contribution towards supporting NHS charities and those who are working on the front line every day.” 

One of the aims of the project is to create a really valuable sense of positive action throughout the pottery community and raise lots of money for NHS charities. 

If you would like to follow the process of the work made or buy a piece of pottery, please visit Samantha’s instagram page sjr_ceramics or to see all of the potters’ work search #throwforthenhs.  

Find out more about the Leisure courses for adults available at Activate Learning or contact us on 0800 612 6008.