Beginners half-day 1-2-1 pottery throwing workshop for 1 person



Come and have some fun with clay in the peaceful setting of my studio located in the cottage garden of our home on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border. This diamond award-winning half-day (approximately 3 hours) one to one workshop is a comprehensive session aimed at those who wish to have an in-depth throwing experience on the potter's wheel. The workshops are structured to be fun and creative, and students can let their imaginations run wild during their private tuition. You have the studio to yourself, with no other students present. The sessions are hands-on, and the student will be able to use all the studio facilities (clay, various tools, the pottery wheel etc.). At the end of the half-day workshop, the student can choose up to 3 pieces that they wish to have glazed and fired. Once they have dried sufficiently, I will then biscuit fire, glaze and glaze fire the pieces. These can then be either collected by the student (if they live locally) or I can post them (I have to charge postage & packaging). Each student will also be provided with a certificate of completion. Please understand that it takes a few weeks for pieces to dry thoroughly and for me to then biscuit fire, glaze and subsequently glaze fire them. I also offer a 1/2-day one-to-one pottery throwing workshop for 2 people (please see the "Beginners half-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people"), a 1-day one-to-one workshop for 2 people (please see the "Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people") and a 1-day workshop for 2 people (please refer to the "Beginners 1-day one to one pottery/ceramics workshop for 2 people". This makes a great Valentine's, anniversary or birthday gift - and also opens up the workshop to parents with children. Contact us for more information or to discuss requirements. 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?

Refreshments will be provided for all workshops, and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch is also included for those attending the 1-day workshop (we cater for all dietary requirements). Depending on the weather/time of year, lunch can be taken either out in the cottage garden or in our country kitchen which has a view over the garden. Important information at a glance: 1. All tools and materials are included. We have a selection of old shirts available, but the student may wish to bring their own smock/shirt/apron. It’s important that the student wears comfortable shoes and clothing. 2. Rings and bracelets will need to be removed during the workshop (they mark the clay, and you don’t want the clay ruining your jewellery either) – I can provide a pot to put them in if required. 3. Refreshments (tea/coffee/soft drinks) are provided for all workshops, and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch will be provided for the full-day workshops. 4. The studio is equipped with a wedging table, extruder, large table for hand building, two Shimpo pottery wheels and a large top-loader kiln. 6. The private session is either for one or a maximum of two people; this ensures that the student gets the maximum benefit from the day with no distractions. 7. The age limit is 16+ or younger if accompanied by an adult. 8. I am insured (IWW/5102205). 9. The student will be provided with a certificate of completion. 10. The student can choose three pieces to be fired and either collected or posted out to them. 11. We can advise of local accommodation for those wishing to stay overnight in the area.


3 hours

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 a member of the AWGB and APTGW.

Suitable for

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