Pottery Slowdown or Fledgling Potter?

Our ever popular Pottery Slowdown courses are suitable for beginner and improver potters and offer an introduction to throwing, turning and decorating wheel thrown pottery. You will learn to centre your clay on the wheel and throw both cylinders and bowls as well as pulling handles and decorating with slip.

Our new Fledgling Potter courses are aimed at those who have attended one or more of our Slowdown courses or for those who attend regular classes. The aim is to move you to the next level in your throwing and will introduce the techniques needed to throw pots with galleries and lids, pouring vessels and larger pots. During tea and cofffee Jo will also share her private pottery collection with you. If you are interested, you are also able to have a go at using either the Leach or Pilling kick wheels, both of which Jo has used to make her own pots over the years.

Jo makes her own clay here at the pottery, many of our potters comment on the clay and how much easier it is to throw with. Working in a real pottery is always inspiring! With a maximum of seven students per course and two tutors for every course you will get plenty of personal attention and support. Our student centred approach means that no two courses are ever the same and we are very proud that so many of our potters return to pot again!

Two Day Pottery Courses

Day one begins at 9.30 with demonstrations of clay preparation and throwing on the wheel. You will be taught how to centre your clay and throw cylinders before coffee at 11am, moving to bowls before lunch at 12.30pm. Each person will have their own electric wheel, we have Shimpo, Rhode and Potterycrafts to choose from. In the afternoon you are able to practice your throwing or have a go at hand building. In the morning on day two we will show you how to turn and trim your pots which will have dried enough to handle overnight as well as learning to pull and attach handles. In the afternoon you will decorate the pots you have made using coloured slips. Each day finishes at 4pm with tea and cake.

Three Day Pottery Courses

We are excited to be able to offer three day courses in 2022. Our three day courses allow for a return to throwing on the second day, enabling you to learn from the turning and trimming process and make further progress as well as allowing you to spend more time decorating. Our trial in summer 2021 was a real success and our potters relished the chance to spend an extra day in the pottery.

The cost of the course includes all materials as well as the cost of firing and glazing six of your pots. Additional pots can be kept for £2.50 per pot. Your finished pots will be available to collect about 6 weeks after your course or can be posted for £15.

Please consider that throwing on a wheel is a physical activity which requires the use of your hands, arms, back and shoulders. If you are concerned about whether you will cope with the course please get in touch. We often have potters who mix and match throwing and handbuilding which is gentler on the body.

Lunches and refreshments

A vegetarian lunch is provided by Penny of Travels with Lemons, who has a real passion for cooking. Using home grown vegetables and seasonal produce she creates wonderfully refreshing meals which are a highlight for all of our potters.

Hot drinks, biscuits and cakes made by Jo are served at 11am and 4pm.

Courses

Course Dates for 2021

Pottery Slowdown Courses are suitable for beginners and improvers. Fledgling Potter Courses are suitable for those with some experience of throwing.
With two tutors we offer plenty of 1:1 teaching and can accommodate all levels of experience on all of our courses, we are very relaxed and flexible.

2021 courses

  • 9/10 October – FULL
  • 30/31 October – FULL
  • 20/21 November – FULL

2022 courses
Pottery Slowdown

  • 22/23 January1 place available (no accommodation)
  • 26/27 February – FULL
  • 9/10 April- FULL
  • 6/7/8 June – FULL
  • 22/23 June – FULL
  • 17/18 September – FULL
  • 22/23 October – FULL

Fledgling Potters

  • 12/13 February – 1 place available (no accommodation)
  • 26/27 March – FULL
  • 29/30 April/1 May – FULL
  • 22/23/24 July – 2 places (Bell Tent available)
  • 12/13/14 August – FULL
  • 8/9 October – 5 places (accommodation available)
  • 12/13 November – 2 places (no accommodation) 

We have a waiting list in the event of cancellations, so please get in touch if you would like to be added to the list. Courses are suitable for over 16s only.

Course Fees

£50 non refundable deposit required for weekend courses, balance to be paid one month before course start date. This is non refundable except in special circumstances or if someone can take the space. If we cancel the course as a result of government COVID advice we will return your deposit and course fees in full.
Booking confirmed on receipt of deposit and booking form.

2 day course with Bed and Breakfast

– £350 per person
(Based on two people sharing an en-suite
room or a single person sharing a bathroom)

2 day course non-resident

– £260 per person

3 day course with Bed and Breakfast

– £525 (Based on two people sharing an en suite room or a single person sharing a bathroom.)/p>

3 day course non-resident

– £390 per person

Additional accommodation options: Camping in the garden with your own tent including breakfast. £20pppn Glamping in the bell tent including breakfast. £35pppn. 

Evening Classes

We have several evening classes for local potters which will begin again in September 2021. We have spaces in our Wednesday morning 10am-12am class. These classes are suitable for beginner and improver potters.