I love to inspire others to create beautiful pottery, so I offer a range of one-to-one and 2:1 tuition in my garden studio in Dorking, covering the basics of throwing, turning and decorating, also coiling, slab work and the use of glazes, oxides and lustres. Students can explore pottery at their own pace, follow their individual interests and create lasting objects which can complement your home or be gifted to a loved one.
One-to-one lessons cost £60 per 2-hour session, including materials and two firings and refreshments. (Please see my other listings for the two-to-one option)
As objects need to be fired twice, before and after being decorated and glazed, at least two or 3 sessions are recommended to produce the finished items yourself. I can however do it on your behalf if you require for a small glazing/firing fee.
I teach on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, if there is another date that you would like to enquire about please use the 'chat with the maker' button to get in touch.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
-Tailor-made tuition from qualified and experienced teacher (MA-Ceramics)
-Introduction chat including demo (10-15min) for wheel work
- Materials for making up to two items (additional pots £5 each)
- An Initial biscuit firing with a final glaze firing
- Tea and biscuits
Note: finished items can be posted for an additional charge dependent on size and weight.
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My wife and I attended the pottery and decorating for two day with Marina for our 9th wedding anniversary (pottery).
We had an excellent day and made and decorated 3 bowls each.
Getting your hands all mucky and feeling the clay was great fun and Marina was on hand if they all went a bit wibbly/wobbly.
Marina was a very enthusiastic teacher and was able to give us the basics to use the two different wheels.
We made the 3 bowls in the morning and went for lunch, so that the bowls could dry.
There's a lovely local pub but we didn't book so had a sandwich from tescos and went and sat by the river in the sunshine.
When we returned we trimmed and decorated the bowls and got to get a bit artistic.
Marina then glazes them and you pick them up in 2-3 weeks - the finished bowls were surprisingly good!!
We would highly recommend this course, it was great to get it all done in a day - we were lucky with the weather - as it was hot the bowls dried quickly and we got to have a picnic by the river.
Marina was a great teacher - neither of us had ever used a wheel before and we have some great bowls to use and have as our wedding anniversary reminder.
Response from Marina Randall Ceramics:Hi Steve
Really enjoyed this morning with Marina. Our first ever attempt at pottery throwing. It was a very relaxed session in her garden workshop. Marina is very patient and hands on helping you every step of the way to make your own creations. We each made three pots. Which loom pretty darn good for beginners. Looking forward to our follow up session in a few weeks.
I’ve been going to classes with Marina for five months now and it’s been an amazing experience.
Marina is very patient with teaching different techniques, we’ve done coiling and wheel and painted using glazes.
I’ve brought my designs for plant pots and mugs and she’s helped me bring them to life- cannot recommend enough.
Lovely garden studio ceramics experience. So much to learn and made seemingly achievable in short sessions with Marina’s thoughtful and positive guidance. I would love to do more and hope to soon - thank you!
We had a fantastic time. Marina was an amazing teacher and the time went so quickly. We could have stayed there all day we were enjoying it so much! We enjoyed chatting to Marina and the lovely coffees and biscuits were also a nice addition. We would definitely recommend a pottery session with Marina!
Response from Marina Randall Ceramics:Thanks Hayley for your positive review!
I started going to Mirena’s classes a few of months ago and have been going ever since. I started with no experience and have already made some professional looking pots on the wheel. She is very welcoming and supportive of your individual ideas. I would definitely recommend her.
Response from Marina Randall Ceramics:Thanks Ed! It's also great for me to try and help you meet your challenges. Some really lovely pots you've designed. Looking forward to the various processes.
A friend and I decided were interested in trying out pottery and managed to find Marina. She was very patient and helpful with us beginners and we managed to make a few great pottery pieces! Marina is a great tutor and we would recommend her for anyone who would like to try out pottery - you will not be disappointed!
Thank you so much Marina, we had a great time!
Response from Marina Randall Ceramics:Thanks Jessica for your positive review...you both did so well for your first time on the wheel. Your little cups look gorgeous.
I got this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend, which she thoroughly enjoyed. It was a fantastic morning. Learnt lots and had a great time. Marina was very patient with us and explained everything very clearly. Would highly recommend.
Response from Marina Randall Ceramics:Thank you so much for this positive review!
I bought a pottery class for my wife's birthday and we went to see Marina together. We had a brilliant time with her, learnt a lot and had some really nice shortbread! Marina was patient and a good teacher and we both came away happy. Would highly recommend a course with Marina....
Great experience with friendly and skilled instructor. We managed to do a lot in the two hours, and it was a fun experience to use the wheel. Great to have 1 on 1 help with this as a complete beginner and I was pleased to have successfully made a bowl.
Would definitely recommend
My teenage daughter had been doing pottery classes for a couple years, but wanted to try throwing a pot. When I googled throwing a pot in Surrey we were lucky enough to find Marina. A very experienced Potter based close to us in Dorking with a studio dedicated to all things pot like! We have had a few classes now and my daughter has the bug, she has bought home many pieces already and is gaining useful practical tips/hints from Marina who is a joy to learn with. I can recommend her highly whether you are experienced or not Marina will have you throwing successful pots on your first session!
Fab course, excellent teaching! Kind and professional tutor :-)