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.
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.
6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)
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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.
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,
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.
When we arrived Matthew was already waiting at his front door and he beckoned us in with a warm smile and a welcome cup of tea. He immediately put any nerves at bay - but set the target for the day quite high, so we were excited to get started on making pots. There was no sense of rushing, however, and Matthew took time to work with each of us in turn, again and again, gently guiding us so we went from throwing clay on the wheel for the very first time to shaping bowls and a dainty jug, which we were able to decorate before the end of the day.
Matthew is clearly a talented and very experienced potter - but he is also a natural coach and teacher, building confidence alongside skills, minimising disasters but also teaching from mistakes and mishaps.
We drove from South Wales to take part in this workshop and it was absolutely worth the journey. We made a weekend of it, visiting three pottery museums in Stoke (including the two where The Great Pottery Throwdown has been filmed) and even staying in the Potbank, a hotel set up in the former Spode pottery works. It was all in all a really enjoyable themed weekend - with Matthew's class very much the highlight. We'd thoroughly recommend it to others.
Thank you Matthew!
Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:Hi Kevin and Sue,
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.
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.
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!
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
Really fun day - a great experience and love the 4 pots I made - thanks Mathew
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.
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.
Fantastic day, something different and made some great pieces..
Would definitely recommend and would love to come back with friends..
Thank you Mathew 😄
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.
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.
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,
A couple of months after having completed the one day course with Mathew, I'm still super excited about it and intend to do another day.
Mathew runs the course in a workshop at the bottom of his garden, next to a little stream. It is really pretty. There were 5 of us on the course. We were all made to feel very welcome and trained to throw and centre clay, then to transform it into beautiful, practical pots. I came home with several bowls and a cream/milk jug. My friends and family are amazed and many are inspired to book a course with Mathew.
Mathew made everyone feel at ease. He's a natural teacher. Even when someone is struggling, he doesn't give up and makes sure they learn in a nurturing manner. I came away feeling absolutely elated and very happy with my work, but also with great knowledge on how to throw pots. It was just so incredible. I LOVED it!
I returned a couple of weeks later to collect my lovely pots and was amazed at how great they looked, especially as I'd never thrown a pot in my life before that day! I could've had them posted out to me, but I couldn't wait to get back in Trentham.
This is possibly the best present ever given to me by my other half! I loved it. Go for it! Book it and you'll be so glad you did.
PARKING - is on the road outside Mathew's house. There is plenty of space and it is free to park.
LUNCH - Mathew provides a fridge and hot drinks, you just take your own lunch along.
HOTEL - I stayed in the Travelodge. It was inexpensive and a short drive. There was plenty to do at nearby Trentham.
Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:Hi Maria,
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,
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:Hi Catherine,
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,
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,
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,
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.
Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:Hi Liz and Keith,
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,
I did a 3 day course with Mathew - always wanted to try throwing and wanted a really immersive, creative experience. Having no previous experience I was nervous but needn't have been. Mathew is encouraging, enthusiastic and welcoming - and an excellent teacher. He is gifted at knowing how much to say and when to say it. I really enjoyed the throwing and the painting too. Thanks to his excellent guidance, it all went far better than I could have imagined. I have made 19 pieces, including jugs, plates, a nested set of bowls and even a galleried pot and lid. I have just collected the pots after firing .Overwhelmed doesn't even come close. I will try and put them on Instagram. Totally delighted. Am so pleased to have had this experience. Mathew and Rachel are lovely, friendly people and I highly recommend his course - he is as the saying goes " a safe pair of hands" which I guess is just what you need in a potter! I hope to come back again in the future for a refresher course. Thanks, Barbara.
Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:Hi Barbara,
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)
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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.
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 :)
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!
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!
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,
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,
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.
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.
Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:Hi Virginie,
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,
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,
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 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,
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,
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,
Yes, we very much enjoyed the experience - Andrew had such a great time he is seriously looking at taking up throwing as a hobby. I can't tell you how wonderful it was for me to see him so absorbed in something that wasn't work-related.
I counted 17 vessels in total. Large or small, they each represented a unique challenge for us first-timers. Of course, much of what we achieved was down to your can-do character, your time-honoured techniques and the clarity of your teaching.
Couldn't help but notice how working with clay demonstrates many serendipitous life lessons - from the firm grip that's needed for centring, to slowing the wheel at key moments and when to stop fiddling. A big favourite was that if any project doesn't work out, we can just recycle it and start afresh with a new piece.
So for me, clay work represents the perfect blend of meditation and creation - 'One could spend a lifetime throwing the perfect pot and that life would not be wasted,' (to steal a quote from The Last Samurai).
Our best regards.
Response from Dimbleby Ceramics - Beginners Studio Pottery Courses:Hi Esther,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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.
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 .
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
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.
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!
For at least the last five years I have wanted to go on a course of throwing but have been plagued by illness and injuries. So last week when I was 'mended' enough I jumped at the chance to book something. I did a lot of research and even though there are many tutors closer to home I really felt I should follow my instincts not to mention glowing reviews. So glad I did!!
Mathew and his wife Rachel are delightful. I had an horrendous journey and arrived flustered but Mathew immediately put me at ease and I knew we were going to have a great day. He is a exceptionally talented tutor - calm, methodical, friendly, knowledgeable and kind. Not every potter can teach how to centre clay or show a beginner the ropes. I was delighted with the results and absolutely know I want to learn more - in fact have thought of little else since I left his studio. Bizarrely every pot I have picked up since I have scrutinised and run my fingers through it's 'walls' I am now on a big drive to find funds for my own wheel. I seriously cannot thank Mathew enough.
I received a days experience on the potters wheel as a birthday gift from a friend. Upon arriving at Dimbleby Ceramics myself and my friend were met by Matthew and were instantly made to feel welcome by himself and his wife, Rachel.
As I had never done any pot throwing before i was a little apprehensive, but there was nothing I had to worry about. Matthew is a very good teacher, is very patient and put me at my ease quickly.
The workshop was nice and warm and within minutes we were on the wheel working on our first bowl! Under Matthews calm instruction it seemed only a few minutes had passed and I was sitting in front of a bowl that I had made! I couldn't believe it! The day could have ended there and I would have been happy.
To cut a long story short, before the day had ended I had many more bowls, jugs etc, each time learning another technique. My friend and myself have done a few experience days in the past and this has to be the best I have done so far.
Anyone looking to do a course on a potters wheel could do no better than booking one with Dimbleby Ceramics. Definitely a five star experience.
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 !
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!