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Dorset weekly pottery classes

Pottery Class Dorset - Hand-Building & Glazing.

Duration: Weekly 3 hours per week (during school term times)

Price: £20

Contact: Rachel Fooks at Rachel Fooks Ceramics

Furzebrook Studios
52 Furzebrook Road
BH20 5AX

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

Be inspired and get creative with clay… Giant seed pods, twisted teapots, big boxes and bowls... whatever you want to make I’ll guide you. Have fun and learn pottery in a welcoming and supportive environment. Everyone is creative and anyone can learn pottery!

In the pottery classes, I aim to build confidence, encourage experimentation and create a space that is welcoming and inspiring. Anyone can attend the pottery classes, they are suitable for all abilities.

Weekly classes
In the weekly classes beginners can follow a structured course, taking you through the various hand-building techniques and glazing. Worksheets are given at each stage.
If you’ve done pottery before, or if you prefer, you’re free to work on your own ideas and develop your skills further. I also run extra workshops in class time that are fun, inspirational and a bit quirky and I like to find opportunities in the local area for community projects that the pottery class can participate in.

All the materials that you need are provided and are inclusive in the price of the pottery class (which you can pay weekly @ £25 per session or termly @ £20 per session). You’ll have the opportunity to use different types of clay (including stoneware, porcelain, paper clay and craft crank) and there are more than 50 brush on glazes to choose from, over 40 under-glazes, oxides and coloured slips if preferred.

Join one of the pottery classes and as well meeting new people whilst getting creative you’ll benefit from…

~ Working in a lovely spacious, light and warm studio
~ A tutor who is an established ceramicist
~ A structured course for beginners
~ Worksheets to explain techniques
~ Guidance & space to further your skills
~ Various clay available, over 50 glazes, under-glazes, oxides & slips
~ Additional class workshops for example Raku
~ Participation in community projects
~ No extra costs – all materials inclusive of price

Day & Time:
Monday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 1pm (term time only)

Weekly Pottery Class Fees:
£20 per session (if you pay for a half term block)*
or £25 per session (if you prefer to pay weekly)
* If you pay for a block of classes and are unable to attend one, I always let people make up the session on a different day.

Furzebrook Studios, 52 Furzebrook Road, Wareham BH20 5AX

“When people start my pottery classes, they often begin by saying that they’re not creative and not very good and making things. With my help and support they soon realise that they are creative and they can make something… their sense of achievement is incredible.”

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The studio is well equipped with all the tools you'll need. All materials (clays and glazes) are included in the price. Importantly an array of teas, coffees and biscuits are also provided!

Want to review this course?

I joined the class last year and have never looked back......the class is the highlight of my week and I love being able to create my own ideas with the valuable support and guidance of Rachel.....there’s a great atmosphere and plenty of laughs along with it, love it......

- - #27189

Response from Rachel Fooks Ceramics:

Hi Alison, thanks for the lovely review. It's the highlight of my week too! I'm glad you enjoy coming and the pottery you make is beautiful. Rachel x

I love Rachel's pottery classes. The group is lively and fun and very supportive, and I would love to do it every day if I had the time. Even though I am a real novice to the Art she never makes me feel I have nothing to contribute and I have been very pleased with the pieces I have produced. I look forward to learning more and hopefully getting more proficient!

- - #24438

Response from Rachel Fooks Ceramics:

Thank Jane... you are already very proficient! Looking forward to the new term.

This is the best day of my week, - getting together with friends and being creative. Rachel is always on hand to help and encourage to get better week by week.

- - #24133

Response from Rachel Fooks Ceramics:

Thank you Barbara. The classes are my best days of the week too!

Dear reader,

Just sign up for this course. Nothing beats the magic of making pots and ceramic sculptures in Rachel Fooks' classes.

Rachel is a gifted teacher and inspires great creativity.

Sometimes form leads to function. There is nothing more pleasurable than drinking tea from jugs, teapots, cups and mugs you have made yourself.

Sometimes form leads to sculptural aesthetics. I have a number of pots on the bookshelf and in the garden that I just enjoy looking at.

Rachel’s workshop is a lovely light space where you work in an artists community surrounded by inspiration and considerable talent.

Dear reader you’ve read too much...sign up for the course!

- - #22451

Lovely atmosphere great teaching and lots of support throughout - wonderful experience for me .

- - #22415

Response from Rachel Fooks Ceramics:

Thank you so much for the lovely review. The pottery that you have made during class is amazing, and it's made me very happy seeing your creativity and confidence in your skills grow.

I joined this pottery class last year and have loved every minute of it. In fact, I get withdrawal symptoms when the classes aren't on. I've made some wonderful pieces with Rachel's help, she is a brilliant teacher and we all have so much fun. Thoroughly recommend.

- - #21433

Absolutely fabulous for a newbie to an experienced potter.
Excellent facilities, small groups, very friendly atmosphere.
All tools provided.Just bringyour imagination.For those without any, there are plenty of examples and magazines to inspire as well as an inspirational teacher.


- - #18808

As a first time potter I have loved attending Furzebrook Studios and Rachel's workshops, first learning the various hand-building techniques and now experimenting to develop my own style with advice always on hand.

- - #18792

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