Lessons to Fit Your Needs
one and two day courses
This course is both for people new to clay and those with experience. If you are new to clay this course will introduce you to making pots on a wheel - throwing, and hand-building pots . If you already have some experience this course will enable you to practice what you already know and extend your knowledge.
The workshop starts at 10.30am. After tea/coffee and introductions we will get used to working with clay by making a hand-built pinch pot and decorating it. There will then be a demonstration of how to prepare clay to throw on the wheel, followed by a demonstration of throwing a pot. Then you will be able practice throwing yourself using an electric and/or kick wheel. If you'd like to also have a further go at hand-building you will be shown how to make a coil pot.
A light home-made lunch of soup & salad and dessert/cake /fruit will be served.
In the afternoon there will be further demonstrations and you can make bigger pots and explore different techniques, both on the wheel and hand-building.
This course is really for anyone, those entirely new to throwing as well as those with experience. You can work at your own pace once you've seen demonstrations. Everyone can have a go and achieve something they are proud of, whilst exploring a new and satisfying hobby and a relaxing and stress-busting activity.
At the end of the day you will select 3 of your best pots to be left at ‘All-Year-Round’ for firing and glazing. Extra items may be fired and posted to you for £6.50 per kilo plus the cost of postage depending on size and weight*.
For those returning the next day, there are lovely B&Bs, local pubs and country walks; the River Wye is 2 miles down the road. The city of Hereford and market town of Ross-on-Wye are both just 7 miles away.
Day two: The workshop starts at 10.30am. Following a demonstration of handle making and applying, you will be able to continue throwing pots, trimming and making handles for the pots you made yesterday, and exploring different shapes and styles. You will be able to select another three pots to be fired, glazed and re-fired. You can also continue with hand building projects and learn slab-building techniques.
Your selected pots will be left to dry thoroughly before they go into the kiln. Once they have been fired and glazed, they'll be posted to you. (Local participants are welcome to collect their pots). *
Everything you need for the day is included: refreshments all day; a delicious homemade lunch; firings; clay; glazes; tools; wheels, aprons. Small groups ensure plenty of learning opportunities.
10.30 – 4 . 1- day £95; 2-day £180
*The process of drying, firing and glazing will take many weeks. Postage and packing will cost £5-£10 per parcel, and they will be posted Royal Mail Second Class.
Course dates: Please contact us for available dates or if you have a date in mind when you would like to come. Please note that due to Covid spacing courses run with just two people, so if you are booking for one person you can join another for a mutually convenient date.
" I enjoyed every minute of my pottery course, from start to finish.
Would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially complete beginners, as I would never have dreamed I could throw a bowl all on my own the second day - despite intending to make a jug! Fabulous lunches too."
A.W, April 2016
“Three of us had a whole day with Pat in her studio, we were inexperienced but eager to experiment. Pat made us feel very comfortable with her patience and guidance, and gave us the confidence to try some difficult techniques and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We were very well looked after from start to finish, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more! 100% recommended!” Tom & Lisa February 2019
"Thank you for a great day on Saturday - Anna and I had a wonderful time and came away feeling really enthused. You made us feel at ease and it feels like we learned a lot in a short time. We're really looking forward to receiving our fired pots (fingers crossed they fire okay!) Thanks also for the lovely lunch and warm hospitality."
Otis & Anna, March 2019