We look forward to welcoming you Woodsetton At Pottery, established 1986. TO PREVENT DOUBLE BOOKINGS AND CHECK IF WE HAVE ENOUGH SPACE, PLEASE CONTACT THE POTTER WITH AN IDEA OF WHEN YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME AND THE NUMBER IN YOUR PARTY BEFORE PAYMENT TO CRAFT COURSES. WE MAINLY SET UP DATES BY REQUEST AND ARE UNABLE TO KEEP CRAFT COURSES CALENDAR UP TO DATE. (Please forgive us if there is a short delay before we answer as you are not contacting us directly here and it is forwarded to the potters who may be up to their ears in clay!) THROWING TASTER EXPERIENCES, FULL DAYS, EVENING CLASSES AND CLAY MATERIALS FIRING SERVICE INCLUDING KITS. WHO WE ARE... We are Woodsetton Art Pottery established 1986. We are in The Black Country right on the Eastern edge of South Staffordshire and Shropshire. Do feel free to look us up online to judge our credentials as pottery and see the pots we make and as inspiration for what you might like to have a go at. A DAY AT WOODSETTON In brief, our one day ceramics and pottery workshops can include a full day of throwing on the wheel and/or handbuilding and sculpting with clay. Complimentary drinks and homemade biscuits/cakes also available if you wish to partake of our afternoon tea. Lorraine Bates is a post graduate qualified designer maker and teacher in higher education who trained in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art with many years experience as a production thrower and in the pottery industry in Stoke. Latterly making for clients such as The Victoria and Albert Museum and Kelmscott Manor the country home of William Morris. Learn to throw on the wheel, hand build or slip cast in the courtyard garden studio with a maximum of 7 students. Day courses can be personalised for beginners or more experienced potters who wish to learn or extend specific making, glazing or firing techniques. At lunch time there is a marquee with picnic area indoors or out for good weather and safe free parking and additional ceramics gallery, clay and materials shop. For the beginner you will make, at the very least four or five thrown, turned, and possibly handled pots. All you need to arrive with is enthusiasm and an apron and packed lunch or we can recommend local hostelries For more experienced students there will be technical notes on making, glazing, firing and advice of what do do next if you wish. If you have an idea of where you want to be by the end of the day just brief Lorraine ahead of your day.

What's included in the price?

All tuition, clay and colour materials, tools and equipment are provided along with choices of complimentary hot drinks homemade biscuits/cake. Pots take two firings of 30 hours to complete to the stoneware (oven/dishwasher/microwave proof) glazed stage. So because of extraordinary increases in fuel charges we have decided to change the way we work rather than increase the fees. You can now take home all the pots you make free of charge. Or you can opt to have as many, or all, of your pots biscuit fired and glazed in your colour choice and fired twice by the potter for a charge of £5 each. These can be collected at a later date (or posted for an extra cost).


1 day (10:00am to 3:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Woodsetton Art Pottery

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Lorraine trained at Bath Academy of Art, spent 8 years working in The Potteries in Stoke & twenty years experience as a designer maker. Woodsetton also hosts a ceramic gallery & clay & materials shop with kiln firing service. Lorraine has design & made pieces for museums & art galleries at home & abroad including the Victoria & Albert Museum. Currently designing pieces for Kelmscott Manor, the country home of William Morris & Rossetti, Keswick Museum & Art Gallery & Lapworth Museum of Geology.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Spooky
  • Evenings
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Qualification offered
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Father's Day
  • Weekends
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Stag dos
  • Romantic
  • Residential
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Intermediate level
  • Christmas
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Easter
  • UK Holiday
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Tutor can travel
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for all abilities
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159 Tipton Road, Woodsetton, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 1AA