"2 Crafts in 1 Day!" pairs - woodturning & pottery experience



This diamond award-winning workshop gives you the unique opportunity to experience the basics of two crafts in 1 day in your own personal workshop (no other students in the workshop) with private one-to-one tuition. The studios are located in the cottage garden of our home on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. The "2 crafts in 1 day" workshop is aimed at those who want to have a go at both of these fabulous crafts, and come away having learnt some basic techniques in both disciplines. As this is a private tuition experience, the course is focused but fun, so would make a fantastic gift, and is perfect for those who might not want to be in a group session. The day can also be experienced by just one person (to book this, please refer to our other workshop "2 Crafts in 1 Day!" 1-2-1 woodturning & pottery experience in 1 day for 1 person". This makes for a wonderful Valentine's or anniversary experience, and can also be enjoyed by a parent and child. The morning is spent learning the ropes of woodturning - how to cut and shape wood on the lathe, understanding a little about the different tools required, and making a few pieces to take home. After a light farmhouse-style lunch (which we provide - catering to all dietary requirements), the afternoon then continues with a pottery session. Students can have fun with clay, focusing on some basic hand building methods to get them used to handling the material using the techniques of pinching, coiling, slab building and also throwing on the wheel. A total of 3 pieces per person can then be chosen for us to glaze and fire once they have dried sufficiently. When ready, they can either be collected by the student (if they live locally) or I can post them on (I have to charge postage & packaging). Refreshments are provided during both workshops, and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch is also included (tailored to dietary requirements). Depending on the weather/time of year, lunch can be taken either out in the cottage garden or in our country kitchen. The sessions are hands-on with expert 1-2-1 tuition - and the student will be able to use all the studio facilities. Each student will also be provided with a certificate of participation for both crafts. About a week before your workshop date, we'll e-mail you again with more details about parking etc. We also offer accommodation in the form of our Crafter's Retreat cabin or we can advise of other local B&Bs.

What's included in the price?

1. All tools, materials and personal protection equipment is included (eye protection/lung protection for woodturning). Some smocks and old shirts are available, but the student may wish to bring their own. If they already have some woodturning tools, they could bring these along too if they wish. It is important that the student wears comfortable shoes and clothing. 2. Ideally, rings and bracelets will need to be removed during the workshops (especially for pottery, as they can mark the clay). 3. Refreshments (tea/coffee/soft drinks) and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch will be provided - catering to all dietary requirements. 4. The woodturning workshop is equipped with a Record Power DVR-XP lathe and dust extraction equipment. The pottery studio includes a wedging table, extruder, large table for hand building on, two Shimpo pottery wheels and a large top-loader kiln. 5. The experience is one to one private tuition, ensuring the student gets the maximum benefit from the day with no distractions. 6. The age limit is 16+, unless accompanied by an adult. 7. We have insurance (IWW/5102205) to cover training & public liability. 8. All the student's woodturned work can be taken home. The pottery (up to three pieces each) will need to dry completely and either be collected or posted on once it is ready (usually 2 - 3 weeks after the workshop). 9. Students are provided with a certificate of participation. 10. We can advise of local accommodation for those wishing to stay in the area overnight.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Blended Monkey is a husband and wife team. Our studios are based in a small village on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border. Our setting provides ample inspiration for our work, and is perfect for our woodturning & pottery courses. Louise (ceramicist) - I studied at the Falmouth School of Art & Design and I am interested in various art forms, design and applied arts. Simon (woodturner) - I love working with wood & exploring its versatility. I'm the Secretary of the Ely Guild of Woodturners.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Romantic
  • UK Holiday
  • Christmas
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Mother's Day
  • Weekends
  • Intermediate level
  • Easter
  • Parking provided
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80 Small Lode, Upwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 9BG