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Beginner`s pottery/ceramics workshops

Enjoy the many ways you can form clay, and be inspired by the pretty setting too!
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About the Course

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.

The 1-day (6-hours with an hour's break in the middle for lunch) workshop is a comprehensive session aimed at those who wish to have a more in-depth experience, creating pieces which will be made using all the fundamental ceramics disciplines of pinching, coiling, slab building & throwing. The workshops are structured to be fun and creative, and students can let their imaginations run wild.

The sessions are hands-on, and the student will be able to use all the studio facilities (clay, various tools and print-making equipment, extruders, the pottery wheel etc.). At the end of the workshop, the student can choose up to 4 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 1/2-day one-to-one workshops, and both of the 1/2-day and 1-day workshops can be attended by two people or pairs if preferred. This makes a great Valentine's, anniversary or birthday gift - and also opens up the workshop to parents with children. See our website for more details.

Contact us for more information or to discuss requirements. We can advise of local accommodation for those wishing to include an overnight stay in the area.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

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. 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, a Shimpo pottery wheel and a large top-loader kiln.
6. The tuition 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+, unless 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 four 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.

Contact

Louise Taggart at Blended Monkey
80 Small Lode
Upwell
Wisbech
Norfolk
PE14 9BG
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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Price:

£150

Duration:

1 day (flexible times to suit)


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Reviews

In-person course
- - #30892

Had the best 1/2 day pottery session. Despite my mother being a bit of a natural on her first attempt at hand throwing (very frustrating), we both made some great pieces that I’m looking forward to using once fully finished. Louise was great, taking the booking very last minute and making us feel very welcome.

I can’t recommend this course enough and it’s in such a lovely setting. Thanks Louise

Response from Blended Monkey:

Frances, thank you so much for your fab review :-).
It was a pleasure meeting you and your mum, and lovely to see how quickly your mum took to the wheel :-) - some people are just naturals ;-).

You both made some beautiful pieces and I'll be in touch shortly as soon as they have been glazed (they've already been biscuit fired).

In-person course
- - #30750

I booked the 1/2 day pottery workshop as a birthday present for my 19 year old, recently disabled daughter. From the very first email, Louise has been attentive, generous and caring trying to ensure Chloe's needs were catered for. The morning was a huge success playing with and then working on pinch and slab pots and then finally throwing on the wheel. Everything was so relaxed with continual refreshments provided by Simon. As soon as we left Chloe stated that she wanted to come back and learn more from Louise...no greater compliment I would say!

Response from Blended Monkey:

So very pleased Chloe enjoyed her pottery experience! It was a pleasure to teach her and she's evidently an incredibly creative young woman.
Look forward to meeting you both again!

In-person course
- - #30604

I don’t remember enjoying an afternoon so much in a long time! I have wanted to try my hand at pottery for years; I’m in my mid-sixties and the last time I touched clay (other than a garden pot) was when I was at school and always regretted not having tried hand throwing.
It was fantastic!! We tried our hand at pinch pots, slab construction and hand throwing and, despite all the concentration 😂 it was very relaxing. Louise was so easy to talk to and was also very patient, encouraging and tolerant. She made us feel very comfortable. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her course to anyone

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Angela,

I really enjoyed teaching you and Francis, and I'm so glad you enjoyed what was evidently a "surprise" afternoon :-).

You've both made some beautiful slab pots and you were very natural on the wheel - you looked thoroughly absorbed!

I'll be trimming you pots this evening and I'll let you guys know as soon as they are ready for collection.

Thanks again for the lovely review!

In-person course
- - #30437

I brought the half day beginner pottery workshop for my mum for Christmas. We had a wonderful time with Louise. The instruction was clear and easy to follow. We really enjoyed the morning & can't wait to see our finished pots!

Response from Blended Monkey:

Thank you for your lovely review Alex.
So pleased that you and your mum enjoyed the pottery workshop!
I'm sure your glazed pots will look wonderful.

Thanks again!

In-person course
- - #30426

I had a brilliant day with Louise. Not only did I learn how to throw, centre, cone up and down, open and pull a pot on the wheel but I also had a go at a slab vase and a pinch pot. I did the 1/2 day course and I wish I'd booked a full day as I could have stayed longer. Louise is a very talented potter and her work is all around her studio and inspires you to do better. She is encouraging, friendly, kind, patient, easy going and knowledgable. I would highly recommend doing this course. I am definitely going to re-book for some more tuition. Thanks Louise and Simon...for the tea!

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Beth,

What a lovely review! Thank you so much :-).

Massively pleased you found the workshop inspiring - and I had a funny feeling you'd enjoy the slab work just as much as the throwing ;-).

Look forward to seeing you again - we can focus a little more on the whole "cylinder" thing then ;-). I'll let you know when your pots are ready to collect :-).

Take care

Louise

In-person course
- - #26389

A good day spent with Louise fun with throwing on the wheel and some slab work. Finished about 4 bits of work and Louise fired them and sent them by post to me a few weeks after the course. Had a nice lunch and both Louise and Simon were very helpful . A full day well spent.

Response from Blended Monkey:

Hi Mark,

Thank you for your lovely review!
I'm so glad you enjoyed the course. It was lovely to meet you and Caroline. Hope you continue with the craft.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like information about the resources, equipment or techniques.

Kind regards

Louise
(Blended Monkey)

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