In-person course

Giant Seedhead Pottery Workshop



Pottery has the potential for infinite variability through clay type, form and surface decoration. From vessels to making art, humans have been playing with clay for over 20,000 years. This tactile medium is wonderfully forgiving to work with and 3 dimensional forms are quickly produced giving the opportunity to work with a sculpturally. A bit more detail: Inspired by the beautiful gardens at Toolerstone we will be exploring nature to find and sketch seedheads that we can represent in clay. Using your foraged items your tutor will guide you through hand-building pottery techniques to create a beautiful seedhead. You will then add colour and surface decoration to complete your artwork. Following the workshop your pieces will be dried, fired and clear glazed before being dispatched to you within 3 weeks. About the tutor: Jeni Jacques-Williams, is a Cheshire based ceramicist and is a regular columnist for Clay Craft magazine providing articles to support and guide new and experienced potters across the UK and internationally. Jeni creates pottery and teaches from her pottery workshop Lemon Studio in the beautiful village of Dunham Massey and has sold work in shops and galleries across the UK and for the National Trust. Jeni is a member of the Northern Potters Association and is the founder of the Warrington Creatives Collective, a group of over 20 local makers. Jeni will be delivering a range of pottery workshops throughout the year here at Toolerstone. The workshops are suitable for beginners and for those with previous experience working with clay. Timetable of the day 09:30 A warm welcome to @:Toolerstone with coffee & pastries 10:15 An introduction to the workshop and time spent in the garden collecting foliage. 11:00 Tea and Coffee served. 11:15 An introduction to clay and the hand-building techniques we will be using. 11:30 Time to start building the basic structure of your seedhead. 13:00 Delicious homemade lunch in the refectory. 14:00 Refine the form of your clay seedpod and apply surface decoration and coloured glazes. 15:00 Tea and cake. 15.30 Workshop ends and your pottery will be taken away by Jeni to be dried, fired before being posted to you within 4 weeks.

What's included in the price?

What is included? All materials & tools Aprons are provided for the day if required Refreshments & a delicious lunch Free onsite car parking Following the workshop your pieces will be dried and fired before being dispatched to you within 3 weeks. What do I need to bring? Just yourself and your enthusiasm to try something new! Experience level We welcome all levels of experience from beginners to the enthusiastic professional!


1 day (9:30am to 3:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.




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Toolerstone is a not for profit ‘creative escape’ situated in private gardens in the Cheshire village of Sandiway. We offer a variety of day long creative workshops, all inspired by nature and the garden setting. The majority of our workshops are ‘gifted’ to people who work in the care industry, in hospitals and hospices, who dedicate their lives to looking after others. We want to say ‘thank you’ by offering them the chance to escape for the day in a safe, nourishing environment.


Toolerstone, Norley Road, Sandiway, NORTHWICH, Cheshire, CW8 2JN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
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