About the Course
Sally Mareike's hand-building course is suitable for beginners or people who would like to refresh their skills. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to allow your natural (perhaps hidden) creativity to flow! Sally is an experienced hand-building potter and teacher of adults and children. (DBS checked)
During the course Sally will demonstrate some of the basics of hand-building techniques, including slab building, coiling and pinch pots. Decorative techniques such as incising, impressing and applying motifs, as well as slip and oxide decorations will also be shown.
Using what you’ve learned, you will then be gently guided and supervised to create your own beautiful pots using these techniques. You can expect to have a lot of fun, feel very calm when connecting with the clay, and you may even forget any worries for a while. There'll be plenty of time to immerse yourself, to experiment and find your creativity with the magic of clay. You might make three to six pieces, such as mugs, vases, boxes, tealight holders, vessels, plaques, tiles, animals, bowls or plates.
Sally will glaze and fire your work for you once they are dry, and she’ll let you know when they can be collected approximately 4 weeks later. Your work can be posted for the appropriate postage and packaging fee.
If you can’t manage the dates advertised please do get in touch, as there may be dates available to suit your needs. Sally also runs half day, one day and two day courses, birthday parties, family workshops and special events, and content can be adjusted to fit the occasion.
Max 5 students so help is available when needed.
Make sure you wear clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Bring several warm layers in winter as the studio can vary in temperature.
Full payment is due on booking. Fees are non refundable within 30 days of the course unless the place can be filled.
A 10% discount is offered to group bookings of three or more people.
Subject to availability, groups may be able to choose their own workshop dates! Please contact Sally to discuss your requirements and make your booking.
Please bring a packed lunch. There are shops around the corner to buy lunches, if you're staying locally and you are welcome to use the fridge and prepare simple food in Sally's kitchen.
Accommodation on site can be booked for the weekend through AirBnB – The Chinese Room (single) and The Teal Room (double). There may be another room available depending on the time of year, so please enquire with Sally should you need more space for your group.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
fun, tools, materials, firing, light refreshments of drinks, fruit, biscuits and cake, including vegan and gluten free, will be provided throughout the course.