Pottery / ceramics / wheel throwing full day Dudley, Wolverhampton



We look forward to welcoming you Woodsetton At Pottery, established 1986.

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We can accommodate anything from exclusive sessions for single people up to twelve in the summer months.

At Woodsetton Art Pottery in the West Midlands we understand that you may feel unsure about booking straight away in these uncertain times. So if you prefer to have full details (too long to include here) including our Covid Protocols and booking details please select 'message the tutor' to your right for your reassurance.

We have three studio spaces accessed from the outside by separate doors, each with two wheels and washing facilities in which to socially distance. Only our toilet and coffee rooms are shared spaces and this is managed very carefully.
Please ask for a copy of our full safety and access statement.
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.
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 6 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 leave having made at the very least four or five thrown, turned, and possibly handled and lidded pots and all you need to arrive with is enthusiasm and a 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.

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?

All tuition, materials, tools and equipment are provided.

Up to 4/5 finished pots will be biscuit fired and dip glazed fired by the potter and can be collected at a later date (or posted for an extra cost).

Additional pots can be fired and glazed for a small extra charge.


Lorraine Bates at Woodsetton Art Pottery

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159 Tipton Road
West Midlands

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
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  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
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  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
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  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
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  • Qualification offered
  • Residential
  • Romantic
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


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

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Louise Bingley - - #38842

Fantastic day, learnt an awful lot and had masses of hands-on experience time with great support from the instructor, Lorraine. Also, amazing cake and tea! Would love to return for one of the other various courses run there, hopefully very soon.

Many thanks Lorraine, looking forward to returning to collect our finished pots!

Louise - - #38532

The whole was excellent. Great demonstrations. Fun Fun Fun!

Matt - - #38242

Really enjoyable day. Lorraine has a great teaching style that is relaxed yet attentive putting you at ease whilst imparting a good level, and range, of basic pot throwing skills that enabled us all to produce some very nice looking items. Her studio is clean, well equipped and had plenty of room for all of us to work comfortably. There are also facilitates to make plenty of cuppas and the cake and biscuits were lovely. Great day all round, definitely excellent value.

Paula - - #38228

Excellent course, really enjoyed the day

Elizabeth Holmes - - #37613

Spent a very fun day learning to throw pots with Lorraine. Lorraine explains things very clearly and is on hand to help and provide tips. By the end of the day we all had 5-6 pots that we left to be fired and glazed by Lorraine (although I understand you could do another session to learn glaze). I would definitely like to go back to do another day or two. Cannot recommend it highly enough, great value. With the added bonus of homemade cake and biscuits with tea.

Lorraine - - #35331

Lorraine was welcoming and friendly, excellent tuition given to two novices. We had a brilliant time and even ended up with various pots to show at the end. Would highly recommend Lorraine and her course.

Patrizia - - #33459

It’s amazing what can be achieved in the day pottery course! As there are few participants Lorraine can follow the individual progress and give expert advice and guidance. At the same time she allows experimentation and helps to turn ideas into beautiful objects. I will definitely go back to do the glazing course. Lovely relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful setting.

Sue Jeffrey - - #33453

We loved every minute of our day at Woodsetton. Both my daughter and myself were complete novices but under Lorraine’s expert tutelage we produced pots, plenty of them! Her way of teaching is spot on - plenty of attention but without feeling that you are constantly being observed. Lorraine timed it so that she would come back at the vital moment and either talk us through what needed doing or praise our efforts. Added to that the location is lovely with a sunny garden to take a break and homemade scones with our cup of tea!! I thoroughly recommend Woodsetton for a pottery experience.

Paul - - #32993

Very friendly welcome, great facilities and excellent tutor. Highly recommend this place if you want to give pottery a go.

Rolf Hilse - - #32761

I had a great day all COVID-19 safe. I was looked after and tea coffee was available along with biscuits and cake.As this was my first time and Lorraine look after my first class

Response from Woodsetton Art Pottery:

Many thanks indeed for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed your day. All your pots in your choice of gkaze are ready for collection very soon.

Tracy - - #29532

Lorraine was very informative. Thoroughly enjoyed this course. She was very patient as it was something I'd never done before and found it a little tricky at times. It was bought for me as a way to relax and it certainly did the job. Would highly recommend

Keira Perkins - - #29506

Lorraine's the best teacher you could ever hope for she's patient,talented and all around lovely. The classes are less of classes more of a friendly get together where everyone supports one another and you have a proper laugh, that's why I've done 3 lots of classes now, I don't ever want to leave!

Yvette - - #29319

I attended the six week evening pottery course and have enjoyed it immensely! Over these weeks I have had the opportunity to wedge, throw and decorate/glaze a number of various items. Lorraine has been very patient, extremely informative and knowledgeable about all aspects of the craft and I look forward to the next course so I can do it all over again!

Thank you Lorraine for helping me to realise my inner potter!

Judy Lloyd - - #28544

Such a fantastic course! As a complete beginner I was made to feel welcome and everything was explained and demonstrated. Lorraine is a fantastic host/teacher and was very encouraging and was always available for help. I had such a good day, can't wait to pick up my finished pieces to see how they've turned out! Would recommend to anyone!

Keith Jones - - #28500

I spent a most enjoyable day with my daughter learning how to “throw a pot” when we attended a recent pottery course expertly delivered by Lorraine Bates.
We both thoroughly enjoyed our experience and was guided through each step in a most friendly and informative way. I can highly recommend a visit to Woodsetton Art Pottery.
And . . . cannot wait to see (& collect) the fruits of our labours.
Thank you Lorraine.

Emma Jones - - #28489

We received a lovely warm welcome with home made cakes and biscuits on hand all day. Lorraine is so knowledgeable and has an excellent teaching style, adapting to the different students within the small group. We received lots of feedback and ideas throughout the day and got a good feel for the foundations of throwing pottery on the wheel.

Lynne Richards - - #28472

Fabulous course, tutor very informative and very skilled potter, and teacher. Would recommend anyone that ever wondered if they should have a go, then this is the place to attend. Looking forward to booking more courses with them.

Keith - - #27892

A most enjoyable course. Entertaining, focussed and productive. I’ve got 7 rather good glazed pieces.

Amy Joy - - #24914

I had a wonderful day getting to grips with the basics of pottery, having been booked a place on the workshop as a birthday present. Lorraine was a wonderful teacher, and took us through how to throw, turn and decorate our creations. The pots came out looking amazing! I would book another workshop with Lorraine without hesitation.

Having tea, coffee, and cake available to us throughout the day was a really nice touch too. Lorraine also has some of her work for sale at the studio - I couldn't resist buying a cup or two for myself! Thank you so much!

Allen Hedge - - #23733

Very friendly atmosphere on course, Lorraine was a very knowledgeable and friendly teacher. I learnt a lot about making pots on a wheel.

Jackie Powell - - #23728

I attended the course with my sister. I had never attempted to throw a pot before, but by the end of the day i also learned how to turn the pots and how to decorate them. Lorraine was a very patient teacher and explained everything clearly.
We had a great day, i would love to go back and do it all over again.

Annette Mirfield - - #23030

Attended a course on Friday 28/6 with husband and 2 daughters. It was such good fun. Lorraine has such a lovely pleasant personality and was so helpful, informative and patient. Loved the whole day. Want to do it again.

Carol McCabe - - #23019

My sister and I attended Lorraine’s workshop yesterday and had a wonderful day. Lorraine is an excellent teacher guiding us and supporting us each step of the way. Having not done this before I was amazed at what we achieved and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished glazed pots. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and Lorraine’s Mom’s Lemon Yoghurt cake was delicious. The day was so enjoyable and great value for money.

Pauline Rogers - - #22774

I attended this Pottery Workshop recently, as an absolute beginner. I had a most enjoyable day. Lorraine was so thorough in her teaching and had so much patience. I found the course very enjoyable, I managed to make 6 pots. The "finishing" of the pots was very calming and therapeutic, an excellent experience - I would certainly go again and recommend it to all ages. Many thanks Lorraine.

Response from Woodsetton Art Pottery:

Many thanks for the great review. Follow me on Instagram or Twitter to hear about more open for all ages and new evening courses coming up etc. Best regards Lorraine

Jane & Steve B - - #19045

Very productive day. Good fun. Excellent tutor.
We each threw, turned and decorated at least 6 pots of various sizes. Can't wait for them to be glazed & fired ready for collection.
Definitely recommended
Thanks Lorraine
PS: Cake was delicious - Thanks Lorraine's mum

Sylvia Ellis - - #18491

We had a great day my daughter and I. Lorraine is a knowledgeable and patient teacher and we would do it again anytime. Well worth the cost which we thought tdpw reasonable compared to other similar. Plenty of space and equipment/wheels for our group so we were never in a queue
Thanks Lorraine

Sylvia Ellis - - #18490

We had a great day my daughter and I. Lorraine is a knowledgeable and patient teacher and we would do it again anytime. Well worth the cost which we thought tdpw reasonable compared to other similar. Plenty of space and equipment/wheels for our group so we were never in a queue
Thanks Lorraine

Heather - - #18334

I attended a beginners pottery course which I received as a fantastic gift.
I had an amazing day, it was very relaxing and I found Lorraine to be welcoming, fun and an excellent teacher! I suprised myself by producing 6 pieces of pottery that are fully dishwasher and microwave proof and in my opinion give Denby a run for their money 😜! I collected them after Lorraine performed an amazing glazing job on them ( hence the Denby quality..).
Lorraines mother was as welcoming as Lorraine and supplied us with homemade delicious cakes to go with our cups of tea.
Highly recommend this setting and I will definitely be returning.

Marjolein Wolverson - - #16507

A fabulous one day workshop experience! Lorraine is a wonderful teacher and the class size was perfect too. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is new to the craft or has experience. My husband treated me to this workshop by buying a voucher and that as a great idea. Are you thinking about a creative friend or family member who has a birthday coming up? A perfect present for sure! And the cakes were wonderful too!

Response from Woodsetton Art Pottery:

Thanks for your kind words and see you in a few weeks when your pots are all finished. Lorraine at Woodsetton

Catherine Ashton Copestake - - #13440

What a lovely discovery - a potter and glazing expert on my doorstep! I'd already made some tiles, biscuit fired (my first) and took them along to Lorraine's glazing day workshop. I trained as a 3D designer but know nothing about glazes, so I was a total beginner. Lorraine has spent her professional life in ceramics and is an enthusiastic teacher and a technical expert- she unselfishly gave me lots of detailed information on how to progress my knowledge of ceramics, as well as passing info to a fellow potter she hasn't yet met. A very enjoyable and insightful day and, I hope, a new friend made. I'm looking forward to the next one very much.

Ann - - #13286

Oh boy, does Lorraine know her stuff! Came away having created 9 pots ready for glazing & firing, processes due to time restraints are completed by Lorraine, by time of collection.
Never having thrown a pot & through a hands on approach, Lorraine patiently navigates you through each stage. She generously imparts her knowledge & experience, & her passion for pottery is infectious. Add to that tea, coffee & a mouthwatering selection of cake, courtesy of Lorraine's mom - guaranteed an 'epic' day that'll far surpass your expectations. Thank you all.

Alison - - #13231

As a practising ceramic artist I came for professional development and was blown away by Lorraine’s knowledge and skill in wheel thrown pottery. She has an incredible way of teaching in a very simple way to all abilities. Even the complete beginners on the course created amazing pots. She was very patient and I’m so looking forward to seeing my pots which she’s going to glaze. A brilliant experience and I will definitely be back to learn more.
Homemade cakes were a winner too!
Absolute 5 star ⭐️ rating!

Sara and John - - #10184

Fantastic day with Lorraine. Her passion, teaching techniques and knowledge of the history of pottery was great and interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed the day. We would recommend this course and will no doubt return to practice our newly learned skills. The plum and ginger cake was also very tasty, thank you to Lorraine's Mom.

Thank you Lorraine.

Liz Regan - - #9646

This day was totally brilliant! I had no experience of ceramics and pottery before going however, I felt like a champion by the time I left. Lorraine's teaching is outstanding. As part of a small group, she encouraged us all, helped change wonky pots into masterpieces and by the end of the day, I had 6 pots - 4 that I had thrown on a pottery wheel and 2 that had been created via molds, and all of them I would be proud to put on my dining room table. I would recommend this day without reservation. I felt so totally relaxed by the end - it was like a creative therapy - an amazing mental, emotional and creative boost!

Lesa - - #8856

Went on this course yday. It was fantastic. Lorraine is an awesome tutor and utterly lovely. It was a real pleasure be in her company and hear about her vast experience. I was really impressed with her studio which was just great. There were 6 of us and there was plenty of space to work and chat. We got throwing straightaway, each of us had our own wheel and Lorraine was always on hand to help us all. The morning was spent throwing and the afternoon we turned pots and had the opportunity to do some hand building which I really enjoyed. I made 9 things overall, all quite different and I loved the course. It was relaxing, interesting, creative and excellent value. I will definitely go again. I am now full of ideas of things I want to make. Ps. The cakes, tea were yummy. And the garden is lovely too. Thank you Lorraine.

Sally Leedham - - #8546

I treated my sister in law to this pottery day for her birthday , we had the best time ! Lorraine got us throwing pots on the wheel straight away! It was a lovely laid back environment drinks and cakes / biscuits on tap and Lorraine's knowledge and excellent teaching style were second to none. We learnt so much in one day we definitely have the bug and are looking to book again. Thanks so much Lorraine , we had a brilliant day. Sally and Rebecca.

Charlotte Johnston - - #8384

I had a really pleasant and inspiring day with Lorraine glazing pots I'd brought with me. I learnt lots about the foibles of the various glazes and how they react to different conditions, oxides etc. and firing schedules. Lorraine is an excellent teacher and guide, and we had lots of interesting discussion about ceramics - it was a pleasure talking pottery with someone with lots of practical experience and tips who is very open and happy to share her knowledge.

Cliona Snow - - #6871

One of the best courses I've ever attended. I spent the first of the two days in a group of five throwing pots and trying out the various clay techniques, which Lorraine expertly taught and had the patience of a saint with us all!
I was keen on glazing my pots the second day and Lorraine made sure there was a date that suited me to do this, despite there not being a full number of students that day. This was the most relaxing day I've had in a very long time and I highly recommend it.
My resulting pots are all different, unique and very special. So much so that I can't give any away as I'd intended!

Will definitely be back again.
Cliona Snow

Deeap - - #6404

Superb day at Woodsetton, really enjoyed the course. Lorraine taught the class really well and gave you the freedom to experiment with your own designs and styles, as well as helping out when things went a little wobbly on the wheel. I highly recommend this day at Woodsetton, and it's a perfect way to try out ceramics.

Mike & Andrea - - #6179

What a fantastic day with Lorraine.

A very warm and friendly atmosphere fully conducive to learning the wonderful techniques of pot throwing and hand building. There were only six of us so every one got plenty of 1-2-1 time to fine tune our work!

The pottery was teamed with some demonstrations and historical background info too which really brought it all together beautifully.

There is plenty of time to make several pieces and even four pieces on the wheel too. Loads of refreshments and yummy home made cake too. I've done a few craft courses and this one is definitely the best yet by a country mile (and the others were brilliant)!

The value for money is exceptional and we'll definitely be coming back to try out more of Woodsetton Art Pottery courses.

Wendyb Bullock - - #3993

Enjoed the day so much, and love to do more,everything explained and so pleased with my finished pots etc,fully recommend it to everyone. Thankyou

Alison Bullock - - #3991

Attended a one day Workshop today with Lorraine who was a thorough and knowledgable teacher. I absolutely loved every minute and learnt so much in such a short space of time. We were greeted in the morning with hot drinks and then straight on to learning some of the techniques, then straight into getting hands on! Lorraine answered our questions and found time for everyone on the course. Throwing on the wheel was great fun and Lorraine made it look easy which was inspiring. Mistakes were easily rectified and there was no pressure to rush. A brilliant experience and I would love to take another course with her. Thank you very much, see you soon!

Carol du-Cille - - #3975

Had a most enjoyable day. Lorraine was a very patient and efficient tutor. Our group of four were all pottery virgins but we all managed to produce pots of which we were very proud. We cannot wait to see the final results when fired and glazed. I will definitely be attending again in the near future. I would highly recommend Lorraine's course on throwing on the wheel to anyone with an interest in finding out what it is all about.

Camilla Stewart - - #3683

I really enjoyed my day. I last experimented with clay when I was at primary school over thirty years ago so was a bit nervous but I had no need to be. Lorraine was a great teacher and explained things step by step very clearly. She is also clearly a skilful potter and was able to draw on her years of experience to help me turn even my bumpiest of pots into something beautiful! She really put me at ease. It's fair to say I was hooked by the end of day and am already wondering when I can go back again and do some more. Thank you!

Angela Webb - - #2815

What can I say ... after a one-day course, I was hooked! Lorraine helped me on a journey; not only of therapy and self-discovery, but a path to create amazing pottery. I attended many studio days, and each time Lorraine showed me everything I needed to know. Her teaching style is relaxed; she has in-depth knowledge, and you get unbeatable value for money - plus some! Oh, and her mom's cakes are simply delicious. Without a doubt, I can totally recommend Woodsetton Art Pottery. But don't take my word for it ... you best experience it yourself. So, if you're thinking, "Maybe I should," please do! You'll be glad you did.

Elizabeth Griffiths - - #2557

Received a warm welcome from Lorraine into her spacious workshop. She clearly and patiently introduced me and two other students to different types of clay and then proceeded to show us how to hand craft pieces of our own design. Lorraine has a relaxed style which dissipates any anxiety about learning something new. Her teaching skills and knowledge first guided me into making a pottery bowl, then she showed us all how to use the potter's wheel and create lovely bowls and pots. When the time came for a break for lunch, Lorraine was very hospitable offering tea and coffee and her mum's delicious cupcakes. Her shop displays a nice variety of pieces for sale and Lorraine is happy to explain the process behind making them. I really enjoyed the day and I'm sure I'll be going back. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished pots and would definitely recommend this course.

Alison Francis - - #1819

Attended the day with very little experience of working with clay. Had a wonderful time and managed to complete several pots during the time. Lorraines teaching style is practical, relaxed and informative. She manages to get the balance just right between giving you possibilities of what you could do and having a go and seeing what happens. I will certainly be going again and can highly reccommend the day to anyone interested in giving ceramics a try.
Thanks Lorraine

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