The Potter's Wheel half day course at Siramik Studio is a great fun skill to learn. The studio is light and spacious with 6 potter's wheels and set in the beautiful Welsh countryside. During the COVID-19 period you are required to bring your own apron and mask, all tools and materials will be provided.
The course includes includes :
Preparing the clay,
Learning how to centre the clay on the wheel,
Creating a cylinder from this centred clay and
Making shapes from the cylinder.
You will happily make 4 to 5 pots during the half day. Two of the pots you make will be fired and glazed for free, if you would like any more of your pots we charge a small firing fee.
Most courses take place in the morning, though afternoons can be offered by arrangement.
Beginners and more advanced are all welcome. Try it, you might like it!!!
4 star in-house accommodation available for the one day and weekend courses - please contact for availability.
Yoka Kilkelly, potter and pottery teacher has been making ceramics from a very young age. Siramik is now a long established, award winning teaching facility but also produces it's own range of hand thrown and hand decorated domestic tableware for you to use, hold and enjoy. A variety of designs can be found on our website.
Historic sites, the Botanic Garden of Wales, leisure facilities, beach and physical activity centres are all within a 20 mile radius from us. The nearest main town, Carmarthen, is a 15 minute drive away and there is a great provision of restaurants and bars.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Learning the technique how to create pots on the potter's wheel. Good fun!
Always a good cup of coffee or tea with (hopefully) home baked biscuits and all materials and equipment. Two created pots per person will be fired and glazed for free, if you would like more of your created pots I charge a small fee per pot.
4 hours (9:30am to 1:30am)
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What a fantastic way to pass 4 hours, this treat was a gift from my daughter 2 years ago, covid obviously got in the way. Trying something different was the idea and what a good one.
From the first minute, Yoka makes you welcome, we and 4 others were educated on the various clays available and their origins before a brief understanding of glazes and finishes, both entertaining and educational.
Nobody in the group had any experience of "throwing" a pot but after a demonstration from Yoka and a slow, stage by stage attempt ourselves, with lots of one-to-one help from Yoka we all managed to get something resembling a pot on our wheels. Quite a sensation of actually achieving something. We went on to make 3 further pots, generally, each attempt being better than the last actually started shaping them!!!!
A really fun, informative morning. Yoka is delightful, a great teacher and as others have noted a Master (can I use that term) Potter, her beautiful work on display and for sale is a testament to her skill.
A great morning out, suitable for all ages, highly recommended
Response from Siramik:Hello Derek and Lynne, thank you so much for your review, much appreciated. The course was made successful because of you. Great students and learning a great skill which your lovely pots are an legacy off. Now waiting till they are fired and glazed. Won't be long. Thank you.
Last week I took part in the half day workshop and absolutely loved it! As a beginner to ceramics and throwing (whose relatively creative and curious) Yokas insight and ability to explain both complexities of methods and the basic chemistry that goes behind glazing was incredible. The course was held at a steady pace with frequent check in to make sure everyone was accommodated.
As someone who has recently been struggling with anxiety and frequent panic attacks this course was exactly what I needed to feel more grounded and relaxed during a very stressful and busy week; and for that I will be eternally grateful for all that I was taught, both behind the wheel and through our personal conversations.
My only annoyance is that I don't live close enough to do this more frequently.
Excellent course, fantastic teacher. Good fun and value for money.
My husband and I visited Siramik for a half day pottery class for his birthday and we absolutely loved it. Yoka is a wonderful teacher who showed us incredibly useful skills - she is patient, welcoming and has a wealth of experience. A very inspiring day out. Thank you.
My family and I had an great time on this course. Yoka is an excellent teacher and trainer, knowledgeable and intuitive. I was a complete beginner but with Yoka’s guidance miraculously managed to make some pots. I can’t wait to see our finished glazed and fired creations. Thank you Yoka 😊
I had an amazing time on the half day course today! We learnt such an amazing amount in a short time. Thank you so much to Yoka for being so lovely, encouraging and welcoming! Her teaching style is incredible and a total novice (like me!) can expect to be blown away by what you can achieve in a short few hours! Yoka was constantly there whenever someone needed a bit of guidance and really boosted my confidence. I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone!
I did the half-day course with my family (including partner, and an 18 and 16 year old) in the Easter holidays, and had a great experience. Yoka is a super teacher, full of interesting facts and stories about pottery: she took the time to explain the history and pros and cons of different types of clay etc at the beginning of the class, and divulged a few secrets of the pottery industry. After that, we took to our wheels and were soon churning out pots to be proud of. The atmosphere at the Siramik studio is very relaxed and we even had coffee and chocolate cake at break time! The morning was over all too quickly. All four of us highly recommend it!
Me and my mother in law attended the half day course with Yoka at Siramik and had the BEST time. We were both complete beginners but we somehow managed to make some pretty decent pots thanks to Yoka's amazing teaching skills. Yoka is so friendly and knowledgable and really made us feel at ease. Within 30 mins or so, we were throwing our own pots and they just got better and better throughout the afternoon. Would highly recommend this course to anyone who fancies a go at pottery, you will not be disappointed. Thanks so much Yoka.
My sister and I attended the course together and we both thoroughly enjoyed the day. We laughed, made a mess and ended up making a few items we're both really proud of. Yoka was kind and helpful, even when my bowl was lobsided and looking sad she managed to work a miracle and get it back on track. It's a lovely course in a beautiful setting, well worth it.
I attended the weekend course and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. I have no experience in throwing and little with clay, and I surprised myself with what I achieved. Yoka is very clear in her teaching and very knowledgable. I have learnt many different techniques. Yoka is very inspirational and I feel this is a starting point for my new hobby!! My partner (not doing the course) and baby came too. The accommodation was fabulous and nothing was too much trouble. Food was outstanding. Totally recommend this - if you are considering it then book it - you won’t regret it!! I’m looking forward to booking into another course with Yoka and setting up my own studio in the coming months.
My friend and I travelled over 5 hours with severe weather warnings and flooding in the locality, to attend a weekend throwing course with Yoka at Siramik. It was well worth the effort. Yoka is an excellent teacher. Guiding us from the very basics right through to the trimming and finishing / decoration processes. We each had a selection of finished pieces on Sunday ,ready to be fired and posted on to us. Yoka was an inspiration and very happy to answer all our questions , sharing all her experience and knowledge willingly.
The accommodation was clean and comfortable and being gluten and dairy free was catered for perfectly .
I came away feeling confident to go straight into getting on a wheel and practising my newly found skills yesterday!
Thanks again Yoka.
I was bought a half day voucher by my brother as a birthday present as he knew I enjoyed doing pottery. I have done a few courses in the past and thoroughly enjoyed working on the potters wheel. However I learnt more in the two hour course run by Yoka than I learnt on several evening college courses. Excellent training in a lovely atmosphere, I would definatley recommend this course and will be going back.
Have always wanted to have a go at pottery,so my daughter and I attended and what a great time we had. Yoka is an excellent teacher, her love of her craft shines through and she explains everything clearly and we are soon at the wheel shaping and throwing an actual pot.
The sense of achievement we felt when we actually produced a decent bowl was the spur to make a better one, and another. In total I produced 3 bowls and a mug, not bad for a complete beginner.
Throughout the afternoon Yoka was a wonderful host, the studio is set in beautiful countryside and the workshop is inspiring, with examples of her amazing creations all around.
I would highly recommend this taster course, and hope to return soon to throw another pot.
I booked this course as a surprise for my sister and it did not disappoint!! Both myself and my sister were complete beginners but Yoka explained everything clearly and was so welcoming and friendly we soon got the hang of it. Would highly recommend this course- Its a great day out! We are both looking to return to do another course with Yoka! You will not be disappointed!
Had the most wonderful experience on this course and I think I'm hooked on potting .Yoka is extremely knowledgeable friendly and helpful .All in a lovely peaceful setting .Do this course its fabulous !
Myself and a friend attended the half day course at Siramik and had a brilliant time. Yoka is a dedicated, informative and enthusiastic teacher of her profession and I learnt a lot in the 4 hours we were there. Having fiddled around at slab and coil pottery years ago (for a couple of years), I was never able to master the wheel and so gave up. With Yoka I found I was able to 'throw' a pot and in fact has the opportunity to 'throw' 6 in the 4 hours. Not brilliant pots but to me, it was a challenge that I finally managed to conquer and went home very chuffed with myself. Highly recommended course, as in Yoka's hands, you can't fail. Thank you Yoka. Am hoping to return soon.
I took the half day course as a complete beginner with Yoka and it was fabulous.
The setting is in a converted barn on their working farm in a beautiful location. Yoka is warm and welcoming and gave us an excellent potted (excusing the pun) history of the different clays, glazes and finishes. We were then let loose creating our first pots under her guidance using the wheel. We completed four pots each learning how to shape the clay and were given the option to glaze them with colours. Coffee and bicccies and a chance to look at Yokas beautiful ceramics on display completed a lovely morning. My pots were posted 6 weeks later as I was unable to collect them and have been much admired! Cannot recommend this course and Siramik highly enough. Thanks Yoka.