Potters wheel throwing for beginners Dimbleby Ceramics Trentham Stoke-on-Trent

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Description

The day will cover the following elements:
- Clay preparation
- Centring the clay
- Throwing cylinders with the aim of producing forms of even thickness.
- Developing basic forms
- Wiring pots off the wheel


There is a maximum of five places available to book for this course per workshop, giving the opportunity for focused tuition. If booking for one person you have the option to bring someone with you to observe.

We are based near the historic Trentham Gardens which is one of Staffordshire's top tourist attractions.

If you require accommodation, there is a Premier Inn plus a Travelodge, both within walking distance to our studio. The Upper House in Barlaston is a 4 hotel situated in beautiful countryside which is a 5 minute drive away.

We have increased the cost of the course on 8th April 2022 by £5 due to the increase in firing costs. All work produced on the course is twice fired, a 10 hour firing to 1000oc and then a 12.5 hr glaze firing to 1130oc. We use a food safe glaze so that your pots can be enjoyed long after the course has been completed.

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

What's included in the price?

You will be provided with all materials and an apron to wear on the day.

Liquid refreshments will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Maker

Mathew Dimbleby at Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses

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Venue

14 Brook Rd
Trentham
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 8BH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired

Duration

6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Reviews

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Clare Latimer - - #39976

Having not touched a potters wheel for over 20 years (and couldn’t grasp it at the time) I was definitely feeling a little bit anxious about how the day would go. However Mathew and his wife immediately put me at ease with a warm welcome to their home. During the day I produced 3 bowls and 2 jugs all under the direction of Mathew with clear guidance and a ‘give it a go’ attitude. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop my new skills.

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Lloyd Evans - - #39849

You will be amazed what you can produce in a single day. I had never sat at a potter's wheel but had always wanted to give it a go. I hinted at this course for a 'big' birthday present and so glad I did so. I arrived with absolutely no experience of working with clay but took home four pieces which I am quite honestly proud of. Matthew and Rachel have created a special environment. Go through their front door and marvel at the Potter's world within. Matthew led the course. Welcoming, encouraging and patient. The instruction and attention given to each of the four attendees was spot on. Just excellent!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Lloyd,

It was a pleasure to have you on the course and see you develop your skills on the wheel throughout the day. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your experience, it really helps others who are looking at booking the course.

Very best wishes

Mathew

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Estelle - - #39067

What a fabulous time we had on the pottery throwing and ceramics workshop course. Matthew and Rachel are both expert and passionate about their ‘trade’ as well as being excellent teachers. Their enthusiasm was infectious and we were throwing pots and bowls in no time at all under their superb guidance. Ours was a family group celebrating a milestone birthday and this was an activity that easily held the attention of three generations. I cannot recommend this course highly enough – in fact I’m already thinking about booking again to go to the next level. It was an absolute joy – thank you Matthew and Rachel.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Estelle, it was a pleasure to have you and all your family on the course. I can honestly say that Rachel and I had a fantastic day teaching you all and seeing the progress made, especially all the creativity in the work that was produced. It will be great to see you again.
Best wishes
Mathew & Rachel

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Kevin and Sue - - #38697

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Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Kevin and Sue,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It was great to have you both on the course and your progress throughout the day was evident in the forms that you both produced. It was also great to hear that you took the opportunity to visit other historical pottery sites and museums whilst here. The area has a great to deal going on and being on the doorstep of Trentham gardens is also great for visitors too.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Chris Walton - - #38542

What a fantastic day we had at Dimbleby ceramics. Matt was a brilliant teacher. Patient and understanding he showed us step by step how to make a piece of pottery to be proud of. It was a birthday experience for my Mum that none of us will forget for all the right reasons. Highly recommend.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Chris, thank you taking the time to leave a review. I had a great day teach all of you and the work that you all produced throughout the day was excellent. Say hello to everyone from me too.

Best wishes
Mathew

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Janette Gormley - - #38418

Mathew is an excellent teacher and I learnt a huge amount in a short space of time. He is very informative, patient and encouraging; we all received individual tuition throughout the course with very clear group demonstrations. I highly recommend this course.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Janette, thank you for taking the time to leave a review and I had a great day teaching you all the skills to throw great forms on the wheel. The pots that you produced look fantastic and they are now in the process of being fired ready to be used.

Best wishes
Mathew

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Azhara Ali-Howell - - #37656

What an amazing day! The Pottery Workshop with Matt was a 60th birthday present from my son, Yasin. Something for us to share together. There was a cosy group of just four of us in the workshop, and to be honest I was slightly apprehensive. Yasin on the other hand was really excited to try something creative and hands on.
In no time at all, Matt had put us all at ease. During the day we were taken through several skill levels, each resulting in a finished product. Matt was an excellent teacher with an abundance of patience, and complete faith in our capabilities. There was much encouragement, enthusiasm and laughter throughout the day!
Each of the pieces we made were glazed with a colour of our choice and left to be fired, and collected at a later date.
We are both thrilled with our five pieces! Did we really make them? Wow 🤩
An incredible and rewarding experience. Highly recommended!

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jo tuck - - #37647

Fun day with excellent tutoring and attention from Mathew.
We each had our own wheel and Mathew first demonstrated and helped us achieve our own pots- with careful encouragement, direction and humour.
Great day out and left us wanting to do more and have another go another time. Jo

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Victoria Clark - - #37642

Really fun day - a great experience and love the 4 pots I made - thanks Mathew

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Amy - - #37630

We had a brilliant day with Mat. We had never done any throwing before and I was surprised at the amount of pieces we produced, this was obviously down to Mat's superb teaching, he made it seem so simple. He was highly knowledgeable and passionate about his work and teaching, I highly recommend this course for anyone who loves to create.

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Fi D - - #37620

A group of friends for over 35 years we were looking for the perfect weekend activity with laughter and learning combined. What a find. Matthew was patient and the perfect host. Guiding us all to achieve more than we could have hoped for.
The pace and support was fantastic. Setting for a days activity comfortable and opening up his home to us was an added bonus.
It’s left us all wanting to do more.
Thank you so much.

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Fleur Taylor - - #37608

Fantastic day, something different and made some great pieces..

Would definitely recommend and would love to come back with friends..

Thank you Mathew 😄

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Katrina Khattri - - #37557

An excellent teacher and great communicator. His approach towards his new students are ingenious and thoughtful. I had a wonderful, full of fun first ever pottery lesson and very glad that i got Mat as a teacher.
Look forward for more lessons to hone my skill.
Katrina

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Tom & Jemma - - #37544

We had an amazing day with Mat. He's a fantastic teacher and a great host. We were complete novices going into the session but by the end of the day we'd produced 4 pots each - and had we'd had a lovely tim while doing it. Highly recommended all round.

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Paul Singh - - #36874

Thoroughly enjoyed it!! Matt was an excellent host and teacher. I took my wife for a surprise birthday present and she loved every min 😁 You get to paint and keep what you’ve made which is the icing on the cake!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Paul,

Thank you for your review of the course, I had a great time teaching all of you yesterday and your fantastic creations are now drying ready to be turned and fired.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Maria Ditch - - #36759

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Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Maria,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely detailed review. I had a great day teaching all of you, it’s brilliant to see everyone progress throughout the day. The pots you produced looked fab and it would be lovely to have you both back on the course in the future.

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Liz Mulley - - #36726

What a fantastic day! Highly recommend whether you have done pottery throwing before or are a complete novice like me! I bought this course for my best friend's birthday because she does clay sculpting and always expressed an interest in throwing. I went along for the ride basically but I had so much fun! Mat is wonderful teacher and so easy to get on with. He adapts his teaching style to suit you and really makes you feel at ease (and oh the laughs!) I didnt expect to come away with much and I made 4 beautiful pieces! Thank you Mat, would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Liz,

Thank you for leaving a great review of your day. The pots you produced looked fantastic and it’s great to hear that you had a fun and enjoyable day. It would be great to have you back on the course in the future to have a go at more complex forms.

Best wishes
Mathew

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Linda - - #36429

Matt
Just wanted to express our many grateful thanks to you for our lesson! Wonderful place, great company, highly informative and left feeling so much better about using our wheel! Hope to return soon but going to practise first! Everyone should attend your inspirational class! Paul said the clay was ES? So we can order the same clay! Tea excellent too!

What I found useful is that you do not just guide with hand positions but teach where the pressure should be applied from the hands, to get maximum shaping out of the clay. (I hope I have explained that sufficiently.) Few tutors fail to add that point. Even some of the literature guides fail to stress that too! We both cannot wait to get started with throwing.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Linda,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review of your day. I had a great day teaching both of you and lots of fun too. It’s fantastic to hear that you both left feeling much more confident using the wheel and it would be lovely to have you back on the course in the future to extend your skills with more complex forms. The clay we used is LF Earthenware, if you need any more information just drop me an e-mail or give me a call.

Best wishes
Mathew

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James - - #35736

I really enjoyed this course and was surprised at how much we were able to produce during the day. Mat was a great teacher and very patient. It was something that I'd always wanted to try and was certainly not disappointed. I would definitely recommend this course.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi James

Thank you for taking time to leave a review as it is really helpful for others looking for a suitable course. The pots you produced looked fantastic and and even better with the final shiny glaze finish.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Angie page - - #35653

I did the course with my Husband, Son and Daughter in Law. It was their treat to us and we had no idea what to expect. It was an amazing experience. Matthew has a wonderfully relaxed teaching style and made us believe we could achieve anything. We learned so much with plenty of laughs along the way. We produced some beautiful pots, and can't wait to pick them up once they are fired and ready for us. I really recommend this course for anyone who may have an interest in pottery, or even if you think you don't. You may surprise yourself. I certainly did.

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Tessa - - #35632

My father-in-law and I absolutely loved this day course with Matthew. We didn’t expect to come away with much to show, but we came away with 4 items each! Matthew has excellent teaching skills and is very good at boosting your confidence while pushing you to step out of your comfort zone. We both thoroughly enjoyed the course, and my father-in-law has even looked into buying the equipment himself and taking more classes closer to home. It was an experience we won’t forget and would recommend to everyone! Thank you, Matthew!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Tessa

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I had a great day teaching both of you and your pots look fantastic. I can’t wait for you to see them and it’s great to hear that your father-in-law is looking into getting a wheel to continue throwing.

Best wishes
Mat

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Tom - - #35624

My Mum and I had a fantastic time at Matt's class. As complete beginners, we'd never thrown clay before but Matt's methodical & enthusiastic approach to instruction meant we finished the day with a selection of bowls that we were both incredibly proud of! Thanks so much for a really wonderful day Matt!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Thanks you for the lovely review Tom. Your pots have turned down and biscuit fired and will be glazed sometime next, they look fantastic. You really made some great forms during the day and I can't wait for you to see them once they have been glazed.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Jane Sobanski - - #35004

Right from the start, Mathew made us all feel welcome and relaxed. He is an excellent teacher, very energetic and full of praise and encouragement. His experience meant that the day was very well balanced and with just four students there was plenty of personal attention. I'd been struggling on my own and I've improved 100%! I look forward to doing a further course with Mathew...worth every penny. Many many thanks.

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Amanda - - #33700

Organised this course for my birthday with my daughter. Mathew is an exceptional teacher with so much patience. Really great experience. Most enjoyable day.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Amanda, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It was great to see you both exceed your expectations of the course and grow in confidence throughout the day. You both achieved a great deal and the pots produced were excellent. Your pots are now drying and will be fire over the next few weeks.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Paul Garrison - - #33517

My son Karl (14) and I both had a great day with Matthew. The course was very enjoyable and at a relaxed pace, but we also felt like we learnt a lot, and produced eight pieces of pottery each to boot. Matt demonstrated & talked us through all the stages and techniques in such a good way that we achieved more than we imagined beforehand, and are very proud of the pieces we produced. We are really looking forward to seeing them after they have been fired & glazed. Would definitely recommend to anyone who fancies having a go.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Paul, thank for taking the time to write a review about the course. I had a great day teaching both of you and the pots produced were excellent. It will be great to see them once they are glazed and out if the kiln.
Best wishes
Mathew

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Michelle Bourne - - #33413

I had this experience as a birthday present which I shared with my sister.
We both had a wonderful time learning all about making a selection of pots and painting them.
Matthew was a fantastic teacher and we absolutely had the best time.
Highly recommended.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Thank you Michelle, I had a great day teaching you both and the resulting pots produced were fantastic.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Jacqui Shaw - - #32711

Today I had the pleasure of learning to throw a pot with Matthew. What an absolute gentleman & fantastic teacher. I was very nervous about how the day would go as I have never done anything like this before. He talked me through every step and made it so easy for me to follow. I am hooked it's the most enjoyable course and I can highly recommend to anyone who is curious to have a go. It's fabulous value for money as you get to have your pots painted & fired. I managed to make a few items & can't wait to see them glazed. I will definitely be requesting another voucher from santa... Thank you for a fabulous day

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Jacqui, it was an absolute pleasure to teach you and see you progress throughout the day. You made amazing progress in one day and the results speak for themselves.

Best wishes and I can’t wait to see your glazed pots.

Mat

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Debr - - #32630

My teenage daughter and I as complete, beginners, spent a day with Matthew at his studio earlier this week. Such a memorable experience for all the right reasons. Our expectations were exceeded. Within a few hours we were making cylinders and bowls. Matthew has a warm, welcoming, genuine personality and was fabulously patient with us throughout. From never having thrown clay to ending the day with a range of beautiful pottery is testimony to his teaching skills and methodology. Music selection whilst we worked was spot on also!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Debra, thank you for the lovely review. It was great to see you both achieve so much in just one day. I had a fantastic day teaching both of you and seeing you both progress throughout the day.
Best wishes
Mathew

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Claire - - #30012

My Mom and I had the most wonderful day at Matt's class. We'd never thrown clay before, but thanks to Matt's expertise, we'd thrown our first bowl within half an hour, and came away with five pieces (3 bowls, 2 jugs) each!

From Matt & Rachel's warm hospitality, to Matt's patient tutorage and the mesmerizing experience of working on the wheel, the whole day was faultless. I'd highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to scratch a creative itch, try a new skill, or just wants to have fun doing something a bit different!

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Catherine Lane - - #29255

I booked this course for mum and I for mums birthday.
Both of us were total novices but had a truly fabulous and fun day which resulted in a great selection of pots.
Thank you Matthew
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Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Catherine,

It was great to have you both on the course and what you both achieved without any prior experience was amazing. I am firing your pots this week so they will be ready to collect at the weekend.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Oonagh - - #29152

Had another wonderful day with Matt
What a fab teacher, you can achieve more than you think you can. Excellent course well worth every penny, can’t wait for next time.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Oonagh,

Thank you for taking time to leave a review and I had another great day teaching you and your daughter. The beautiful pots that you both created will be ready to collect this weekend.

Best wishes and I look forward to having you back on the course to extend your skills further, Rachel says hello too.

Mathew

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Phoebe - - #28276

We had a fabulous day trying out pottery for the first time for Richard’s 30th! It was just what we wanted, private tuition so we could really learn the basics and a full day so we could try out making lots of things, including a chalice!! Looking forward to collecting our finished products :). Thank you so much to Mathew for a great day x

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Phoebe and Richard,

I had a great day teaching both of you and it was evident how you both developed your skills throughout the day. Your pots look fantastic and are drying ready to fire and I will be in touch as soon as they are ready to collect. If you decide to buy a wheel and need any advice please get in touch.

If you want to develop your skills further in the future, it would be a pleasure to have you both back on the course.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Mark Hayward - - #27930

What a fantastic day. Simply amazing fun, learnt loads and laughed a lot. Have already told loads of people to go on the course. It was so much fun that I would actually get a potters wheel at home if we had space!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Mark,

It was great to have you both on the course and the resulting forms that you both produced were fantastic. If you ever fancy developing your skills further in the future, it would be great to have you both back on the course. You need to get that wheel so you can get practicing.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Liz & Keith Charlton - - #27798

I have wanted to learn to throw pots for a long time and for various reasons life had always got in the way. I decided that it was now or never. I read several reviews and chose to book with Matthew. To my surprise, my husband agreed to join me and so with excitement on my part and no expectation on my husbands we headed to Stoke.

From the moment we were greeted at the door by Matthew the day exceeded both of our expectations, Matthew was welcoming, relaxed and positive, and we felt that whatever the day brought it would be enjoyable and fun.

The day turned out to be better than that, we learned a lot, we made much more than we expected, we asked many, many questions that were answered and discussed without us being made to feel stupid for asking, and we had so much fun. To top it all, my husband thoroughly enjoyed it and wants to buy a potters wheel!

A great day, made totally enjoyable by Matthew and his family and a foundation for further adventures.

Thanks

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Liz and Keith,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I had a fantastic day teaching you both and sharing my love of clay and the skill of throwing on the wheel. You both achieved so much in one day and it was lovely that you were both enthusiastic and were keen to learn more. It is always exciting when people complete the course and are so inspired they want to buy a wheel to continue learning. If you need any advice on a wheel just let me know. If you need to further your skills in the future it would be lovely to have you both back and extend you knowledge on the wheel.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Oonagh Keen - - #27359

I had a wonderful experience today! I have been looking for somewhere to throw a pot for a while and I felt extremely at ease and encouraged to achieve things I never thought I could. Matt’s encouraging and calm approach gave me the confidence to realise what you can achieve in the right environment. Will definitely be returning!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Oonagh,

It was a pleasure to have you on the course today and see you achieve with your natural affinity with the clay. It would be great to have you back on the course and develop your skills further.

Best wishes
Mathew

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Barbara Forbes - - #27108

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Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Barbara,

It was lovely to meet you for the workshop and see you produce a fantastic range of pots. It really did give you the opportunity to use many skills, including making lidded vessels. The techniques that you acquired over the three days took you from a beginner and really built your confidence on the wheel. . It always amazes me just how much progress can be made in such a short space of time. It would be great to have you back on the course in the future and progress your skills further.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Ian Legge - - #26350

I booked a day course with Mathew for my wife's 40th birthday so she could try her hand at throwing on the wheel. I had used a wheel before and wanted to brush up and get some new skills. Mathew is an accomplished potter and a natural, skilled teacher. In next to no time he had my wife producing some bowls and pots anyone would be proud of. At the same time he was able to cater to my slightly more experienced needs, expanding my knowledge and developing my skills. We both had a truly terrific day, enjoying not only the pottery work but also the hospitality and conversation of Mathew and his family. It was lovely to meet such open minded, kind-hearted and generous people. I will certainly be back for more.....my wife may even insist on coming too with her new found ability! (Ian and Monika)

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Serena James - - #25764

I’d booked a one day course as a birthday present for my partner (something we could do together) based on all the positive and amazing reviews - we were not disappointed.

Despite our late arrival (multiple train issues), we were still able to produce 6 practical and usable dishes each, which I think is a true testament to Matthew’s teaching skills. This is a fantastic course to do as you really learn to appreciate the level of skill required to master a truly beautiful craft. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the course and can’t wait to receive and use our handcrafted dishes.

I highly recommend this course with Matthew; he’s a fantastic teacher and I will definitely book again for another session.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Serena and Sandro,

It was a pleasure to teach both of you and see you both progress throughout the day. Your pots are now drying ready to be fired and glazed. It would be a pleasure to have you both back on the course again in the future.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Jane Tillier - - #25189

Although I love ceramics (especially stoneware), I had never worked on a wheel before. I had such a great day! Mathew was a patient and encouraging teacher. I learnt a great deal in 6 hours and was hugely pleased with what I managed to produce. Thanks, Mathew! An inspiring, challenging and relaxing 60th birthday treat!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Jane,

It was a lovely to meet you and an enjoyable day teaching, seeing your skills develop on the wheel and chatting about our similar interests. I look forward to you seeing your finished glazed work.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Suzanne Wilson - - #24908

This is something I had always wanted to have a go at and had no experience whatsoever. From the start Matthew put me at ease, explained everything really clear and guided me throughout, he showed me lots of techniques and was very supportive and encouraging. The day went by so quickly and I have six amazing products to show for it which I actually made on a potters wheel!
I cant wait to come back, I would encourage anyone who is thinking about having a go to book with Matt, you wont be disappointed, this course is truly brilliant! X

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Suzanne,

Thank you for the lovely review, it was great to see your skills develop throughout the day and you produced some lovely forms on the wheel. The pots will be fired next week and I will be in touch about collection.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Janice Parker - - #24789

Can't praise Matthew enough for the wonderful day me and my husband spent in his studio yesterday. I had done some throwing years ago but nothing spectacular and Phil is a complete novice. Matthew was very patient and catered very well to our different needs. Phil was so excited to actually produce a bowl on his first attempt. We both came away having made several bowls and jugs each.
Matthew and his family were very welcoming and chatty throughout the day. Very relaxed atmosphere and even the sun was out. I would recommend this workshop to anyone, beginner or more advanced potter as Matthew has excellent skills as a teacher which he imparts cheerfully and with great generosity. Hope to go again in the not too distant future.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Janice and Phil,

I had a great day teaching both of you and seeing you develop throughout the day. It was great to see you throwing with 4 lb plus balls of clay and producing some really lovely forms.

I hope to see you again soon.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Ann Matthews - - #24762

This is an excellent course, I had no experience at all of pot throwing, and as a complete novice did not expect to make as many things as I did: 9 items in all, not counting the ones that didn't work. Matthew is an excellent teacher with plenty of patience. It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I highly recommend the course.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

HI Ann,

Thank you for the great review, I had an excellent time teaching you and watching your skills develop throughout the day.It was great to see the look on your face when we put all the pots together and you realised just how many you had made.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Isabel Markham - - #24743

I received a voucher for this course for my 20th birthday because I have a fascination for pottery but no experience at all. It's one of the best presents I've ever had; the day was so wonderful, and on top of learning so much about the skills and techniques in throwing a pot, I got to take home 4 bowls and 3 jugs with me which can actually be used! Matthew is really lovely and a great teacher. I definitely recommend this course and really wan to go back myself!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Isabel,

A fantastic achievement on the wheel with a lovely range of forms produced. Your pots will be fired and glazed over the next few weeks, They can then be collected or posted out as discussed.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Richard Adams - - #24481

I wanted a one day throwing lesson for my friend Rina who was visiting from Holland, I could not have made a better choice, Mathew was just perfect. Rina wrote her review (sic) “It was a wonderful gift. A few hours on Saturday, Mathew taught me basic techniques for working with pot turning + same relevant tools. At the end of the day I was able to make my own idea for a clay jug on the disc. It was a perfect day.” Thanks from both of us.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Thank you Richard,it was lovely to meet you both. It was great to see Rina achieve her goals during the day and go away with the confidence to use her new skills.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Rosie Green - - #24192

I bought a voucher for my dad so he could throw a pot (I had to keep him company of course!) we had such a great time we booked a second trip to decorate our many pieces, and managed to throw another two large pieces as well! Really lovely space to work in and lovely guy to teach us! Mathew is really easy going and patient, but also makes sure you get the most out of the time you have with him and shows you a range of techniques. So happy with our creations, can't wait to see them fired! 100% recommended :)

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Lindsay West - - #24055

Matthew gave us an excellent overview of how to use the potters wheel with one to one instruction, and we totally enjoyed ourselves! It was a lovely creative day that flew by and we learned all kinds of new skills. Thanks Matthew for your careful instruction- we can’t wait to see the fired results!

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Derek and Hazel - - #22869

What a great day we had! Mat and his wife were very welcoming. He outlined the day over a cup of coffee and then took us to his impressive studio at the bottom of his garden.

We began hesitantly but quickly gained confidence from his enthusiastic, expert tuition. He has a very easygoing teaching style, is relaxed and chatty. With his encouragement we managed to complete several pieces ranging from a simple bowl, through cream jugs to attempting a chalice by the end of a thoroughly enjoyable and productive day.
From walking in with a degree of apprehension, we walked out having completed so many pieces all thanks to Mat!

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LESLEY WILLS - - #22681

Yet another excellent day at the wheel with Mathew; he constantly encourages me in developing new and exciting skills.

Who would have imagined that I could create storage jars, plus lids; even the ones that collapsed!!!

Thank You Mathew

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Lesley,

Thank you for the taking the time to leave a review. It is great to see your skills continually develop on the wheel and just how much you have achieved over the past year. I look forward to seeing you again in July.

Best wishes

Mat

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Sarah B - - #22307

What a brilliant day! As a complete novice to pot throwing, I had no idea what to expect, but with Mathew's excellent teaching I made a lot more pots then I had envisaged! I cannot recommend the course highly enough.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for your review, you clearly have a natural ability with the clay. Your pots are now dry and will be fired throughout this week, ready to collect later next week.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Wendy Arnold - - #22089

I booked the course as a birthday present for my husband, Barry, and I went with him to observe.

What a wonderful day! When we arrived we were greeted by Mathew and Rachel who are a lovely, welcoming couple.

The course was wonderful. Mathew is an exceptional instructor and communicator. With Mathew's easy instruction and patience Barry was soon comfortable with the equipment and clay and within a short while was looking like a proper potter himself! He came away from the day with a feeling of great accomplishment having made three jugs and several dishes - all proudly displayed in our kitchen for family and friends to admire.

If you've always had a desire to try a "bit of pot-throwing" go nowhere else. Mathew is a master craftsman and a brilliant tutor - you could do no better.

Thank you Mathew for your instruction, enthusiasm and "joie de vie" - you have fulfilled a life-long ambition in the most perfect way.

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Virginie Eckersley - - #21708

Going on the course with my three daughters, I could not have imagine that learning a new skill would be such fun. As a complete novice with pottery and clay I didn't think that I could achieve anything worth taking home. But with Mat and Rachel's teaching skills, their patience, their enthusiasm and good humour we all stretched ourselves to reach creativity levels we didn't know we had. Thus resulting in producing some unusual and rather good works from the four of us.
Mat and Rachel welcomed us to their house and studio, they both have the ability to make strangers very comfortable.... the coffee and cakes were rather good too!!!
I am looking forward to meeting again when collecting our precious collection.
Thank you again.
Virginie

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Virginie,

Thank for the lovely review, myself and Rachel had a lovely weekend teaching you and your family various creative clay techniques. It was great to see how creative you all are, including the thought that went into the handbuilding workshop with detailed patterns. The throwing workshop was great fun on the potter's wheel, with a range of beautiful forms being created. All the pots are now in the kiln firing and will be glazed next week ready to be posted out. We would love to have you back for another creative workshop in the future.

Best wishes

Mathew & Rachel

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sophie - - #21672

After an excellent weekend on the course I genuinely cannot recommend it enough! Not only did we learn a fantastic new craft, we made beautiful bowls and had such a laugh doing so. We loved the friendly relaxed feel and just cannot wait to go back again. Thank you

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Sophie,

Thank you for your lovely review, myself and Rachel had a great day teaching you all various clay techniques on the course. If you ever want to develop your clay skills further in the future, with another creative workshop let us know.

Best wishes
Mathew & Rachel

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Lucy Barry - - #21667

What an outstanding weekend. So much more personal than we were expecting. Both supportive and pushing us to be creative, and the results were fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much whilst also learning. I can’t wait to go back!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Lucy,

We had a great day teaching all of you to throw on the wheel, seeing your creativity develop throughout the day using hand building techniques. I am sure that the famous Barry honeycomb technique will be used for future decoration.The work created was excellent and we can't for you to receive the finished glazed work. Should you want to return in the future for another workshop it would be a pleasure to have you back to develop your ideas further.

Best wishes

Mathew & Rachel

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lesley wills - - #21545

I attended the beginners course over a year ago and was hooked!!!
Mathew's endless patience, skill and enthusiasm is infectious and I now have a class every month; what an amazing gift from my brother in 2018.

Thank you Mathew, for so generously sharing your passion for pottery.

Give it a go!!!

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Lesley,

It is an absolute pleasure seeing your creativity grow each month and understanding of each technique. The big kiln reveal after decorating and glazing all of your work was really exciting, with outstanding results. I look forward to seeing you again in May.
Best wishes
Mathew

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Glenn Hickling - - #21391

It was, without doubt, one of the best things I've ever done, spending a day with my wife throwing pots under the expert eye of Matthew. He is an incredible teacher, by the fourth pot I actually felt pretty confident on the wheel and got great results that we will actually use day to day in our home. Can't wait to eat noodles out of a bowl I threw myself. He made the day such fun too. If you want a pottery experience with solid results to remember the day by, choose Matthew. And where better to do it than at The Potteries?

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Glenn,

Thank you for such a great review and I had a fantastic day teach both of you. It was amazing how much progress that you both made in such a short time and the quality of the forms that you both produced. Your pots are now drying and will be fired shortly, I will be in touch as soon as they are ready to collect.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Rachel - - #21190

I recently attended a one to one 'Throwing Wheel Workshop' day with Mathew for a birthday gift from my partner. It was the best gift ever - I had such an amazing day. Having been a little apprehensive beforehand, any fears were soon alleviated from the moment I arrived. Matthew and his wife Rachel welcomed me into their home and Mathew very quickly put me at ease in using the wheel. As the day progressed, my confidence grew and I managed to make 6 items (3 bowls and 3 jugs). I was amazed that they even looked a proper shape! I learnt so much in a day and it was so therapeutic and a good distraction from life's stresses! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished products once they have been fired.

I would highly recommend the day to anyone. Mathew's instruction, humour and patience really helps to make the day so relaxing and enjoyable. Thank you Mathew.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Rachel,

Thank you for the lovely review. It was great to meet you and partner and chat over lunch. The beautiful forms that you created on the day have now been fired. If you can e-mail me at sales@dimblebyceramics.co.uk with your mums address I can drop them off for you later next week. If you want to collect them yourself let me know.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Fiona Galbraith - - #21101

What a fantastic day my daughter, my partner and I had with Matthew at Dimblebey Ceramics.
We were made to feel so welcome. The course was fun and Matthew was an excellent teacher. We were all complete novices yet each of us went home with several pieces of pottery. Many thanks.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Fiona,

Thank you for your lovely review. I had such a fun day teaching all of you, not only seeing everyone's progression but the competition grow throughout the day. The beautiful forms that you all created are all drying, these will be fired over the next couple of weeks ready to collect.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Esther Pepper - - #21038

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Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Esther,

Thank you for the lovely review. I has such a great day teaching you and Andrew, especially seeing the progress you made throughout the day on the wheel.

Best wishes
Mathew

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Louise Evans - - #20887

Thanks Matthew for a fantastic day. My daughter and I loved every minute and even surprised ourselves. Your help and patience in teaching us how to produce some great pieces shows how you can teach novices in such a short time!! We look forward to collecting our pieces and putting them to use. We would recommend you and look forward to returning one day soon. Thank you

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Louise,

Thank you for the kind review. It was lovely to meet you and Hannah,. It was fantastic to see the progress that you both made creating forms on the wheel.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Ian Rushton - - #20831

Thanks again Mathew for a fabulous return visit. I really enjoyed the day and very pleased with difficult shapes you helped me to master, especially the tankard. Hope to see you again soon.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Ian,

Thank you for the review, it was a pleasure to have you back on the course and build on the skills you learnt in the previous workshop you attended. Your pots are now ready for collection, and a cup of tea if you have time.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Sally Rowney - - #20578

Easily enough equipment and space for 2 people to be taught at the same time. A good day for my daughter and I. We both made some bowls and jugs. Looking forward to seeing the final results when we get them back.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Sally,

Thank you for your review. Your just pots are in the kiln firing this evening and will be ready to collect next week.

Kind regards

Mathew

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Helen Herbert - - #20366

I was a complete novice and quite nervous about attending the workshop , but Mathew was so friendly and patient , I soon relaxed. I'm looking forward to collecting my pottery pieces in a couple of weeks .

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Helen,

Thank you for your lovely review. Your pots are in the kiln firing this evening and will be ready to collect next week.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Gavin - - #19903

I did a one day wheel throwing session with Matthew recently. It was an excellent day. It was fairly intensive, which is exactly what we wanted and we got quite a bit more done than we expected. I'd not gone near a potter's wheel before and would have been happy with anything vaguely resembling a pot, so I was a tad sceptical of Matthew's claims that we would get a range of finished wares made that day that we could use in the home. The instruction was top-notch however and I was really pleased with the half a dozen pots and jugs I made on the day. Matthew is a very capable instructor, whose passion for his craft really comes out in the way he teaches. The day is well structured and very practical; quick coffee then straight into the clay, all hands on, all day. I would not hestitate to recommend this course to anyone who wants a really practical, enjoyable introduction to wheel throwing.

Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:

Hi Gavin,

Thank you for your kind review, I had a great teaching both of you and seeing you both achieve so much in just one day. I just wanted to let you know that your pots are now ready to collect.

Best wishes

Mathew

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Sarah - - #19647

My son and I have just had a superb day on the beginners pottery course.

From learning the basic techniques to progressing in our own directions, learning from our errors and having the space to experiment. Matt was generous with his knowledge and patience. Thank you.

I would be willing to bet that whatever you might want from a day like this you won't leave disappointed.

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Kerry Brown - - #19629

I booked the potters wheel workshop as a birthday present for my husband . Both myself and my husband attended and had a fantastic day . Having no experience at all using a potters wheel , I came away feeling like I had learnt new skills . Matthew was very friendly , clear with his instructions and patient . An excellent day , would love to attend again sometime to build on the techniques I learnt . Thankyou Matthew .

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Dave Clarkeson - - #19363

One day pottery course with Mathew Dimbleby
I cannot praise this day highly enough.
Before going, I had only had one very short session on a potter’s wheel, but I needn’t have worried.
Mathew is an excellent, patient teacher, willing to spend as long as it takes to help you along the way.
Seldom have I been so focused, or felt the same sense of achievement as I did during this class. It was also really good fun - Mathew is a top bloke, and we found plenty to chat and laugh about during the day.
It has really whetted my appetite and I can’t wait to do more.
Thanks very much Mathew.

All the best
David

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Hayley - - #19094

The course was so much fun, starting right from the basics as I'd never done anything like this before. Matthew was friendly and professional and made it a very enjoyable day. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Daniel - - #18548

I had an excellent day learning throwing from Mathew.
His relaxed hands-on style really helped me to pick up the techniques involved in throwing. This was my first experience on a potter's wheel. Mathew taught me how to throw bowls & jugs. He gave me leeway and choices to impact the design of the final pieces as well, which gives a much more personal feel to the output.

I'd recommend Mathew's course to anyone who wants to learn how to throw. I'd do it again tomorrow!

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Shelley - - #18171

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Mark Elsmore - - #18131

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Simon Rouse - - #17609

From the moment we knocked on Mathew's front door we found a warm welcome and a great communicator.
Mathew went out of his way to establish a friendly informal tone, quickly understanding our expectation of the day.
As a couple we started the day with a litle trepidation; I hadnt touched a potters wheel for more than 30 years, and my wife had no previous experience at all.
Mathew skillfully coached us both simultaneously, spotting our mistakes and showing us how to correct them as we went.
Our confidence grew rapidly as our pots took shape in front of us. We achieved far more than we expected, with 6 pots each now waiting to be fired and glazed (all included)
The whole experience was loads of fun and we're keen to return very soon to learn more.
Thanks so much Mathew !

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Pete and Louise - - #17605

Amazing experience throughout from learning about the course and booking to getting in the studio.

We had a fantastic day with Mat who's such a friendly and enthusiastic teacher.

We've already recommended to a couple of people and would recommend to anyone looking to throw a bit of pottery!

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Caroline & Ian - - #16990

This workshop was absolutely fantastic. We had no previous experience of any sort of pottery and so were a little apprehensive about what to expect. We had both wanted to try to throw pots for some time. Mathew immediately put us at ease. He paid close attention to what we were doing and so could show us when we were doing things right and wrong. We learned a lot of the basics and through the course gained a bit more of a feel for the clay and how to throw different forms. Mathew is a very genuine person and a great teacher. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in gaining a new skill.
Thanks so much for an amazing day in so many different ways. It was very relaxing and very informative.

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Karen Robinson - - #16927

As a complete beginner I had no experience of throwing clay, However after just 1 day with Mathew I had learned enough of the basics to enable me to take what I had learned home and develop my skill. Mathew is a very experienced teacher, very knowledgable, patient and clear in his instruction. I made 5 forms during the day, 4 Bowls and a jug. I learned how to centre clay, cone up, open out , pull up the clay wall and use tools. Having dedicated tutoring time really makes a difference in how quickly you can pick something up and I would recommend this day without Hesitation to anyone who seriously wants to learn a new skill. The day is relaxed and friendly and you come away with a sense of achievement , Thanks again Mathew

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Susan koszak - - #16500

Spending a day learning how to throw a pot with Matthew was brilliant.I shared the day with my daughter and we were amazed how many different items we made.Matthew guided us through each stage of the process in his wonderful pottery workshop.Its definitely inspired us both to do more with clay.
Many thanks😎

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Sheila Dempster - - #16192

I had a fantastic day, it had been 40 years since I had last thrown a pot and under Matthew's guidance it seemed like yesterday. I had a very productive day making cylinders, bowls, jugs and dishes and even went off piste throwing different shaped pots I had sketched out myself over coffee. I highly recommend this course for all abilities.

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Liam bartlett - - #15366

Had a fantastic half day with Matthew, excellent teacher, really friendly, helpful and most of all patient.
Neither me nor my mum had been near a potters wheel before yet we managed to throw and shape 8 devent bowls/jugs each !! All thanks to Matthews's amazing guidance.
Highly reccommend this to anyone, such a great day, challenging but really fun. I definitely plan on trying the next course.
Thanks for a cracking day Matthew.

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Kirsten - - #14981

Great course, thank you Mathew, just what I needed. I had already tried the potters wheel at another studio but felt frustrated with my throwing skills. I was ready to give up. After reading the reviews on Mathews course I decided to give it another try. It's all true, Mathew's enthusiasm and endless patience revived my confidence. Whilst he is obviously an accomplished potter, he is happy to go at your pace. I really enjoyed the day and came away with pots to be proud of. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone, who like me, is new to throwing and wants to learn and have fun in a welcoming and friendly environment.

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Harald Van der Linden - - #14866

Having read the fantastic reviews about Mathew's potters wheel throwing for beginners I asked Mathew whether he could organise a half day pottery workshop to entertain my family with partners (8 of us), to which he duly agreed.
Mathew and his wife Rachel (herself an art teacher) welcomed us into their workshop where half of us worked on building with clay under the supervision of Rachel, whilst the other half of us got to grips with the potters wheel under expert tuition from Mathew. Half-way through the session we swapped around which meant that each of us managed to throw 2 pots on the wheel, as well as produce a Dutch canal house in clay. All will be fired and glazed by Mathew for us to collect later.
Mathew and Rachel made this a real fun family experience. None of us had done anything like this before, but all of us would love to do it all over again! We'll be back....

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Vijaya and Rav - - #14588

My wife and I attended the Potter’s wheel throwing for beginners. What a brilliant day, we didn’t want it to end! After a warm welcome we ventured into Mathew’s studio. Mathew is an excellent teacher. He gave really clear instructions on the wheels and we were soon centering the clay ourselves.
The pace of the course was really good. Really good fun and lots of banter with Mathew.
With both me and my wife on a wheel each, we got quite competitive, we pushed each other along.
By the end of the day we had pots, bowls, jugs and some more bespoke pieces shall we say. We even got a chance to turn some partially dried pots too.
Looking forward to seeing the fired pieces in a few weeks’ time.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to try out throwing on a pottery wheel.

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Alice & Joe - - #14434

Thank you for an absolutely wonderful day! We were both completely new to throwing and the session was suitably tailored to our abilities, providing us with an overview and understanding of the basics in a relaxed environment. This resulted in us both gaining confidence throughout the day and producing some really nice varied pieces by the end! Looking forward to receiving them once they have been fired! Highly recommend!

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Alexia & Lucy - - #13939

Hi Mathew,
Thank you for a wonderful day on the throwing beginner course. It was our first time throwing and found Mathew to be an excellent tutor, talking us through each stage and demonstrating where necessary. We achieved far more from a single day course than I could have ever imagined and we get to take all our pieces home too.
We would highly recommend this course to anyone who fancies having a go at a new skill.
Alexia and Lucy
North Wales.

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Ian Rushton - - #13752

Hi Mat,
Thank you for a wonderful day, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the day, your company and hospitality.
I was amazed how quickly I picked things up after 45 years, since I had last had a go on a wheel at school.
This was all down to you.
Your studio is excellent and your ability to explain all elements of the art of throwing are second to none.
I have already recommended the course to numerous people and I will arrange a return visit after the wedding.

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Lisa - - #13613

I have just completed Matthew's One Day Throwing Course and I can't praise the day enough! I have never thrown a pot before and didn't know if I would be able to do it, so felt a little nervous. No need! Matthew immediately put me at ease, very easy going and chatty so before you know it, you've thrown a pot with confidence. Matthew is a superb teacher and works at your own pace, giving clear and encouraging instruction all the while. I finished the day with some pots that I am so proud of and wanting to continue to learn more. It's great that there is flexibility in booking the course that suits me. If you're thinking about it...do it!

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LESLEY WILLS - - #13486

What a fabulous way to spend a day!
Mathew is an exceptional teacher, with seemingly limitless reserves of patience and humour. My day with him at the potters wheel was completely absorbing and very productive.
Thank you!!!

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Andrew Stone - - #12538

Hi Matt, I just wanted to take the opportunity of saying thank you for a very unique experience throwing a few pots yesterday. You have a naturally high level of patience that means even novices like myself can really produce something.
An amazing day had by me and Elizabeth. Thank you and would recommend you to anyone asking.

Andrew

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Carole Hassall - - #12283

I would recommend this course to everyone. Matthew deserves the "excellent" rating. I thoroughly enjoyed the days course! Matthew was an enthusiastic, methodical, patient teacher and I found learning from him very easy. I made several pots in the morning and due to Matthews excellent teaching I was ready to progress onto making jugs in the afternoon. He talked me through making these and I felt so confident I made 2!! If you are thinking of learning wait no longer, look no further book a course with Matthew.

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Suzanne Gilchrist - - #11150

Thank you Mathew for a most enjoyable day. Your hospitality, patience and teaching skills with a true beginner was amazing and I produced pots I never thought possible. The studio and surroundings are truly delightful. The course was a 70th birthday present from my children and I couldn't have enjoined anything more. Anyone wishing to try the art of throwing won't find a better teacher than Mathew and it certainly will be a day to remember.

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Claire Hubbard - - #10886

What a fantastic day! Mathew put us entirely at ease and taught us how to throw pots with patience and care. He has the ability to ensure you learn step by step and that you are able to complete each step entirely independently before moving on. Everyone will succeed on this course and absolute beginners should not hesitate to have a go. You'll be amazed by what you produce! Thank you Mathew - we will be back to see you again, without doubt!

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Robert and Hima Knapp - - #10794

This has to be one of the best courses I have been on. We travelled from London to do this course. I have always wanted to give pottery a try but concerned about my experience. Mathew put me at ease, he is a fantastic teacher with an easy-going but passionate attitude toward pottery. Both my husband and I are beginners, learnt at our own pace and felt incredibly confident by the end of the day. Mathew showed us techniques in bite size practical elements that we were able to replicate. By the end of the day we had created bowls, cylinderical forms and a cat bowl that were all good enough for us to use at home (the competition also grew between us to make more and more technical vessels haha). I wish I could post you pictures to see how far we'd come. We didn't want the day end. I have already recommended this course to friends and family that have asked about it following a social media post about our day. A BIG thumbs up from us for Dimbleby Ceramics.

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Carole - - #9894

Absolute beginners, my friend and I shared the Potters Wheel Workshop day. With beautiful surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere, we had the most brilliant time. Matthew is an excellent teacher, very methodical and super patient. We’d both thrown a cylinder by lunchtime and Matthew introduced us to bowl making in the afternoon. We left our best efforts with Matthew for firing later (all included in the price) and took our ‘less than perfect’ attempts home for the approbation of our families. A five star rating is simply not high enough!

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