Find your inner potter: Ceramics, One Day Course

Duration: 6hrs

Price: £96

Run by: GeraldineFrancis/SueWhelan
at Fired Thoughts Arts Studio

01380 840666

Unit 11 The Old Potato Yard

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About the Course

An introductory course, suitable for complete beginners or those who are wanting to refresh their skills. The sessions will introduce students to a number of different clays, their suitability for different techniques, firing ranges and workability.

Students will complete projects in slab building, coiling and throwing and will also have the opportunity to explore surface decoration using coloured slips. This is a very informative course with a practical base which is also fun. Small groups and two tutors ensures students get the help and attention they need to be able to successfully complete the projects, being given thorough and sensitive instruction. Our students have been amazed by the amount they have covered and been able to achieve in just a few hours of practice.

We are only an hour form Bristol and 1and a half from London with good train connections (Pewsey). Places are limited so early booking is recommended. Feedback on this course is excellent and many students return to continue working on their own projects once they have mastered the basics. This course is also suitable for friends and family to get together, learn and have fun. We are happy to run the course on other dates for groups e.g. birthdays and hen parties.

Various course dates and times throughout the year.

28/10/2018 1 place remaining
25/11/2018 Full
16th December Places remaining

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?

All basic materials are included in the cost of the course, so there will be no added extras! Farm shop provides lunches at a small additional cost of £10 if you would like to order lunch please let us know before the start date of the course. Special diets catered for on request. We provide tea and coffee etc. throughout the day

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My daughter and I had a really fun day together learning about all the different ways of working with clay. It was varied, creative and relaxing.
We enjoyed it so much that we are intending to repeat the day with some friends later in the year.

- - #16001

I had a fantastic day with Fired Thoughts, excellent guidance with pottery techniques, patient and helpful in every regards. Very happy with what I made, can't wait to see the finished result once fired. The buffet lunch was an added bonus, with great vegan menu.

- - #15538

Great day with a small group which enabled Geri and Sue to spend devoted time with each of us. We made 4 items in different styles and was able to take away with us when fired. We learnt a lot from them both and would thoroughly recommend spending a day/s with them both at their great studio in Devizes. We will certainly be going back despite the long drive from Cornwall. Thank you both.

- - #14629

Response from Fired Thoughts Arts Studio:

Thankyou for taking time to review the course, we hope to see you again soon too.

Thoroughly enjoyed my day here at Fired Thoughts, the atmosphere was very relaxed, teaching very professional but not overwhelming, the demonstrations were splendid, and the management of the day given that there were six of us was superb. Lunch was an added bonus, provided by the farm shop, and coffee and biscuits throughout the day were most welcome. I was pleasantly surprised to end the day with four separate items to eventually bring home with me, and I’m sufficiently excited by it to want to do more. However, it seems I’m in the majority, as trying to find a regular spot on a course seems to be impossible! I would thoroughly recommend this day to any budding potters.

- - #14568

Response from Fired Thoughts Arts Studio:

Thanks so much for the review, so pleased you enjoyed the day.

Lovely class and lovely people! I learned a lot of different techniques and can't wait to go again :)

- - #13239

I attended this course with my daughter a couple of weeks ago. I would thoroughly recommend it as a really good fun experience. With the advantage of bringing home a piece of your own work. It introduces you to many new skills.
The course tutors were excellent patient and very attentive

- - #13090

We had a fantastic day learnt lots of pottery techniques. Our hosts Sue and Gerie were great very funny, thankyou girl, will definitely be back 😀😀

- - #12964

We went as a group of 6 but got so much help and assistance we all had a fabulous time. It was great to try so many techniques without feeling rushed and the end results were carefully wrapped and touchingly returned to us to our delight! Thank you both.

- - #12238

Response from Fired Thoughts Arts Studio:

Thank you so much, We are very pleased you all enjoyed it. It's great to have such positive feedback.

My son and I did this course. It was a wonderful introduction that also allowed us to develop our own style and thoughts within the projects Gerry set us. Gerry is a great teacher and lovely person to spend time with, she listened to our ideas and helped us make them happen. I could not recommend Fired Thoughts more highly.... We both want to do more and more with them in the future.

- - #10226

My daughter and a attended this course last Sunday and had a great time. Both Geri and Sue were informative and very patient! We both managed to turn out pretty good looking pots on the wheel, albeit with a little help, we also made a pinch pot, a pot from coiling and a small box - you pack a lot into the day!
We will be back.

- - #9972

Jasmin and I had a great time exploring various clays and techniques. Some of which rung a bell from school many years ago, some that were enlightening.
It was great to have a day where you could work on different types of clay and methods of construction as it allowed my wife and I to see where we both wanted to follow up on the specific types of creation.
I am certain we'll be back so we can both focus on our own preferred areas.

- - #9198

Spent today with Geri and Sue, and cannot recommend it highly enough. Fantastic tutors who take time with everyone, ensuring you come away with fantastic creations. Atmosphere is relaxed and fun, very informative. I have never had any experience and was still able to throw a pot and make several other pieces with different techniques. The time flew and was hugely enjoyable.

- - #8859

My mum and I did this course a couple of months ago and I've been meaning to post a review since as we loved it. I've done a little bit of pottery before but learned so many new things on this course - about different types of clay and different techniques. I really enjoyed all the things we tried. I thought I would have enjoyed throwing on the wheel the most (which is what i've done before) but I really loved making a big fruit bowl sized pinch pot. The day was structured around trying different techniques, but with room for our own creativity too. Really good for anyone who wants to try different things and see what suits them.

The teachers were great. Answered our many questions and were a good laugh. I actually had terrible flu at the time and was so diverted by what we were doing and the good humour it was done with that I forgot for most of the day!

We will definitely be coming back for another course.

- - #8582

Fantastic all day course
Great Value
Patience teachers
Lovely studio space
Would go again for more

- - #8108

My partner and I were given vouchers for this course as a Christmas present. We would never have thought of doing anything like this. It was a full day and we really learnt a lot about different clays and their uses. We were shown four alternative ways of using clays and Geri and Sue really knew intuitively which methods would suit us best. It was a great day out and we also had plenty of laughs too, mainly at ourselves, with our successes and failures. Geri and Sue were very encouraging in our efforts and helped us greatly to get the best out of any talents we had. I can thoroughly recommend this day out as a great experience and a chance to try your hand at a new craft.

- - #6115

I took part in this day course with my son, the only previous experience I had with clay was when I was at school many many years ago. I was really impressed with what I managed to achieve throughout the day. The day was structured allowing us to try various methods, each method was not only achievable but just hard enough to allow us to challenge our abilities. Our tutors Sue and Gerry who are both highley skilled in their art made the day fun and informative, both of them showing oodles of patience and a helping hand for us to achieve our best potential. Both myself and my son really enjoyed the day and want to take part in another. Both of us would recommend this course... I all ready have.... you will not be disapointed.

- - #4556

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Sunday 16th December 2018

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