Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
About the Course
Weekly classes suitable for, but not exclusive to, beginners.
The groups are small, friendly & informal, with a maximum of 6 people per class so that you can be provided with ample support & encouragement.
To get you started you will be given a demonstration of the technique to be used in the session. You will then be able to create your own unique piece using the technique you have been shown or work on your own project. Techniques include pinch pots, slab work, coiling, surface decoration & wheel work.
The classes run in blocks of 4 weeks on/1 week off throughout the year.
Price per session is £20.00 so a 4 week block is £80, to be paid in advance.
I currently run 4 classes per week as follows;
Tuesdays 6-8 pm
Wednesdays 1-3 pm
Thursdays 1-3 pm
Thursdays 6-8 pm
Please contact me to enquire about availability and to book a place.
I also offer taster sessions for pottery which are ideal if you would like to have a go but can't commit to a weekly class. Please contact me if you would like information on the taster sessions.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Price includes: clay, kiln firings, use of glazes, under glazes & speciality glazes, tuition fee, studio fee, use of tools & equipment & refreshments.
Such a great taster session, Louise is knowledgable & friendly, offering advice throughout at a steady & flexible pace.
Really enjoyed the taster session & would completely recommend!
Emma - - #27066
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your review Emma. Lovely to hear you enjoyed your sessions. Best Wishes,
Loved my afternoon working with clay and fashioning owl pots. The basics were clearly explained and then we were able to customise our designs however we wanted. Only 6 people in the workshop, so individual attention was available if required. Who knew that working with clay was so relaxing!
Dianne - - #26460
Response from PoppyRose:HI Dianne, Thank you for your review. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your pottery experience! Your owl planter is fabulous. Best wishes, Louise
I had never worked with clay before but Louise made it so relaxing and fun! I ended up making a pot that I never thought I would be able to, it’s actually good! Louise is brilliant at giving you the help you need and working at your pace. Thanks Louise!
Abigail Potter - - #26379
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your review Abi! It was lovely to have you both on the taster session. Your pots are fabulous, well done! Best wishes, Louise
Had such a great time
I have wanted to do this for such a long time. So happy I did it. Thankyou
Mary - - #26146
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Mary, lovely to hear you enjoyed your pottery experience. Many thanks, Louise
I attended an introduction to pottery class to make an Owl plant pot. Louise was very easy to get on with & helped whenever I needed it. It was a lovely friendly class, I found it very relaxing & would love to do another class there.
Lynn Bonner - - #25810
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you Lynn! Your owl planter is amazing, a very impressive first go. Well done! Welcome back any time.
I joined a course at Poppy Rose to build my confidence in throwing on the wheel. Louise is a very encouraging tutor and she has encouraged me to explore different skills and decorative techniques.
Poppy Rose is very welcoming and a great place to learn to throw on the wheel.
James Stoddart - - #25808
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you James, lovely to hear you enjoying your classes. You are producing some fabulous pots!
I attended the taster session at Poppy Rose and made a usable mug with a hand building technique and also a subsequent session to glaze them. We were able to choose different equipment to work with and given lots of creative freedom to play around with our designs. Louise is a very friendly and approachable teacher and didn’t mind the hundreds of questions we asked about the process! I would definitely recommend and will be going again. Thank you Louise.
Helen Leahy - - #25537
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Helen, thank you so much for your kind review, much appreciated! It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your pottery experience, your mug is fabulous, well done!
Family with 3 kids (13,13,10) did a taster course. We were taught how to make a pot on the electric and hand wheel, Louise made it look very easy! She was great with the kids letting them try things and helping try to create what they wanted without taking over. Great experience. Thanks Louise.
Nina - - #25155
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so pleased you all enjoyed your sessions, your pots look great. Well done.
Had a taster session and really enjoyed it, very relaxing I have now signed myself up for the pottery course. Would definitely recommend the taster sessions.
Carn wheatcroft - - #24861
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you Carn, so pleased you enjoyed your session. your mug and coaster set are fabulous! Well done.
I really enjoyed my pottery classes. Louise gives you excellent guidance whatever your project. I can't wait to go back in October. Warning, it is addictive!
Patricia Reilly - - #24564
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your kind review Pat! it was lovely to have you in the class and you made some fabulous pieces, particularly your wonderful queen sculpture! Best wishes,
Enjoyed the course very much, very relaxed atmosphere.
Peter Walker - - #24210
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your kind review, Peter. So glad you enjoyed your taster sessions. Best Wishes, Louise.
Excellent class, very relaxed with an brilliant teacher. I used the wheel and made my own mug in the session, which Louise fired for me so I could collect later on.
Fantastic course would 100% recommend
Joey - - #22570
Response from PoppyRose:Many thanks for your review, Joey! So glad you enjoyed your experience. Best wishes,
I went to a taster session here and it was amazing. Such a lovely atmosphere, such a brilliant and patient teacher and very reasonably priced. Could not recommend enough, will definitely be back
Poppy - - #22569
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you Poppy! It was a pleasure to have you on the taster. Best wishes, Louise
I very much enjoyed my taster session with Louise. I've never worked with clay before but Louise was very patient and helpful and made me feel at ease very quickly. I will definitely be back!
Mike Todd - - #22536
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your review Mike, your mug is fabulous! A excellent first pot! Best wishes,
I attended a taster session and loved the experience and what I made so I joined the weekly classes. I have been attending 7 months now and have made some lovely unique pieces for myself and gifts that have been very well received.
Louise is a great tutor and with her help, ideas, inspiration and expert guidance has helped me turn my ideas into pieces of art.
I would highly recommend her classes
Lynn - - #22529
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your kind review Lynn! It is a pleasure to have you in the class and your pots are always fabulous! You have a definite flair for pottery. Thanks, Louise
I did the taster session with Louise at Poppy Rose and absolutely loved it! I loved using the pottery wheel and under Louise’s careful guidance was able to produce a bowl I am very proud of.
I can highly recommend Poppy Rose and I look forward to returning to make more items.
Julie - - #22413
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your review, much appreciated. Its lovely to hear you enjoyed your experience. Best wishes, Louise
My partner and I both did the taster session with Louise, who was friendly and very knowledgeable throughout. We both thoroughly enjoyed it, our pots came out great and we’ll definitely be back for more.
Mich Storey - - #22412
Response from PoppyRose:Many thanks for your review, it was lovely to have you both on the taster. Your pots are great! Best wishes, Louise
Great teacher, lovely to talk to and very knowledgeable.
This was my first time doing pottery and after one lesson I want to do more
Louise - - #22347
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your review, I'm delighted you enjoyed your pottery experience. Best wishes,
It was my first time having a go at pottery and Louise talked me through how to use the wheel (you don’t have to use it) and I ended up making a mug albeit not very straight and even! Would highly recommend any course here! I hope to return in the future.
James - - #20519
Response from PoppyRose:Hi James, thank you so much for your kind review! Much appreciated! Well done on your very fabulous mug. Best wishes, Louise
Relaxed, friendly sessions, where the time flies!
Great teaching by Louise. With support and guidance, she encourages you with your own projects and ideas. I’ve enjoyed the classes very much and am so happy with the pieces I’ve made. Hoping to be back again soon!
Christine Mullen - - #20335
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your review Christine! It was lovely to have you in the class, you've created fabulous pots! Look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes, Louise
I had a lovely time with a great teacher who explained and demonstrated everything very well. I made a pot on the wheeI and will be returning to decorate soon. I would definitely recommend it.
angel - - #19962
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Angel, many thanks for your review, greatly appreciated! I look forward to seeing your finished pot. Thank you for supporting my business. Best wishes,
The course was fun and engaging. Great way to experience and try pottery for the first time. I would recommend this to other people and would love to come back again
luke ball - - #19961
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Luke, thank you for your review, very much appreciated! I am really happy you have enjoyed your pottery experience. Thanks again, Louise
I have recently completed two 4 week sessions at Poppy Rose.
It was brilliant and Lou is a fabulous teacher. It is lovely to do something creative and go home with the end product. I can’t recommend it enough.
Thanks Lou you’ve been great and hope to see you again soon.
Lynda Todd - - #18977
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Lynda, Thank you for this lovely review! It was great to have you in the sessions and hope to see you again. Many thanks, Louise
Thoroughly enjoyed my pottery session at Poppyrose where i made a mug (on the wheel).
This was only possible, because of the instructions and tuition, which were clearly explained and demonstrated by a very skilled potter, Louise.
A friendly enviroment in the heart of Stockton, highly recommend the pottery taster sessions, to those who want to try something new.
Mark Wright - - #18812
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your kind review, Mark. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your pottery experience, your mug is fabulous. Thanks, Louise
We really enjoyed our pottery taster class at Poppy Rose, it was fun, relaxed and well taught. We hope to come back and attend a class at some point in the future.
Amelia - - #18718
Response from PoppyRose:Many thanks for your review, so pleased you & your mum enjoyed your experience. Your pots look great. Best wishes, Louise
Surprise anniversary present from my husband. We had the most fantastic time learning to throw a pot on the wheel, returning once it was fired to paint and glaze the pot.
Louise was absolutely brilliant, patient, informative and very knowledgeable. Would recommend this taster session as a fun activity.
Pat Marshall - - #18498
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to have you both and your pots look great. Best wishes, Louise
I had such a lovely pottery experience at Poppy Rose. Louise was very knowledgeable of the craft and was very encouraging. I came away feeling inspired and excited about the possibilities of future clay projects. I plan on returning soon and I would definitely recommend to people of all pottery ability. Many Thanks
Demi Womack - - #17467
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your kind review, Demi, it's greatly appreciated! Your pot is fabulous and it was a pleasure to help you achieve your goal. Many thanks, Louise
Had a lovely time at a taster session on the wheel. Very relaxed and Louise was great to talk to. Definitely interesting to learn about different techniques about throwing as well as decorating. Lovely shop and people. 👍
Karolina - - #17458
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your lovely review, Karolina, it is greatly appreciated! It was great to have you both on the taster and I'm so pleased you enjoyed the experience. You have both created fabulous pots. Well done and thanks! Louise
I recently attended a pottery taster session. I had a great time. The time taken to show the various skills was really appreciated. I'm hoping that a spot will open up in an evening class as I'd love to try some other skills.
Harriet - - #16418
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Harriet, Thank you for your kind review. It as lovely to have you on the taster and your pots are great. Many thanks, Louise
I don't know where to start really because everything about this course is just simply amazing. I was over the moon when I discovered there was a pottery course near to me, then I was blown away with how fun it was once I started. I have made a range of different things, and Louise is fantastic at helping you through every step of the way if you are unsure. I look forward to this class every week, it is definitely a highlight! From beginners to advanced it is a place for everyone, so don't be afraid if you fancy giving it a go or even buying it for a friend to experience - just do it. I only just wish I'd done it sooner.
Jane - - #16290
Response from PoppyRose:Thank you for your kind review Jane! You are a pleasure to have in the class and have made some wonderful pots.
My Mum and I have been attending Poppy Rose to make a pot on the wheel. It’s been on Her bucket list for years! We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience, our pots didn’t look too bad once they were painted! Louise was very helpful, patient and encouraging. I will be Recommending Poppy Rose to others. Thanks again for having us.
Julie Malone - - #16209
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Julie, Thank you so much for your lovely review, much appreciated, and it was a pleasure to have yourself and your mum for your taster. Have fun with the rest of the bucket list!
I’ve just been to pick up my two pots that’s I made on the pottery wheel with Louise. I love them. The whole new experience was brilliant from the making of them to painting them. Highly recommend to anyone whose always wanted to give pottery a go. Louise is a brilliant teacher and very friendly.
Vicky Bowater - - #15719
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Vicky, many thanks for your review and your support of my business. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your experience and I hope you treasure your lovely pots. Well done! Best Wishes, Louise
Louise was a brilliant teacher and really friendly. Had a fantastic time, great experience and well worth the money! Hoping to do it all again, even willing to travel the hour and a bit to do it. Couldn’t recommend it more!
Couldnt have asked for a better experience.
Anna & Andrea - - #15325
Response from PoppyRose:Hi Anna & Andrea, Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was a pleasure to have you both on the taster and you both produced fabulous pots! Very well done, and thanks for your support of PoppyRose. Hope to see you again, Louise
Poppy Rose pottery classes are great! Beginners to experienced potters and everyone in between will learn new skills and techniques, be inspired and take home their creations. Classes are small, relaxed and fun and Lou is a helpful, encouraging tutor and ... is a Top Potter :)
I’ve also enjoyed felting classes and quilting at Poppy Rose .Get involved!
Beverley - - #14256
Booked the pottery class as a gift for my Mums 60th birthday - great fun, a bargain, and Louise was a great tutor! Using the wheel was definitely a challenge but worth it - we made 2 pots each and returned to paint them. There was a large selection of unusual colours to choose from and they turned out fab as a first attempt - very pleased! The shop was filled with lots of interesting crafts - we’ll definitely be back to have a go at something else x
Lauren Rhodes - - #13801
Louise has the gift of inspiring you to create and develop your own skill at your own pace and create beautiful and interesting pottery in your own individual way. The environment is relaxing and friendly. I can highly recommend this class at any level and to anyone as Louise pays everyone individual attention to match their own aspirations.
Viv - - #12838
Louise's classes are educative without failing to be good fun. Louise is patient and she can give you ideas on projects to carry out or will guide independent ideas. She harnesses the student's own creativity and problem solving skills interjecting only where necessary.
The classes provide a relaxing environment for the students to 'bounce' ideas off one another. I personally am not very 'arty' but have produced beautiful slab work from trinket dishes to decorative bowls and plates.
Whether it is sculpting or the wheel you fancy 'Poppy Rose' is definitely the right place for you.
Leanne Walker - - #12357
I love the Thursday evening class. The encouragement and excellent teaching enables me to take any idea and make it happen I look forward to every class I thoroughly recommend these classes
Elaine King - - #11414
Great relaxing atmosphere to pick up a new hobby.
Started going regularly for a year but unfortunately have moved now. Have made some wonderful gifts, Xmas decorations, bowls, pots and incense burners. Great teaching support from Lou and introduction to using a wheel.
Mateena - - #11049
I look forward to my pottery class all week. Poppy Rose is an excellent venue for all things pottery. I was a total beginner and now I feel more confident to express myself while doing what I love. Louise is an excellent teacher and the atmosphere in class is great.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Joanne Taylor - - #11019
I have been attending the pottery sessions for over a yr now. I am thoroughly enjoying the sessions. Lou( teacher) provides a very friendly atmosphere and gives us one to one attention every wk. The classes are in small groups and is very relaxed. I started with pinch pot bowls and have made various pieces including a clock, Christmas decorations and a teapot😊
I highly recommend these classes for anyone who is interested in making crafts
Pauline - - #10713
Poppy Rose offers a great friendly setting. Classes are very motivational, fun and productive. Louise is keen to help you achieve your goal and appreciates all her students' work. This class is suitable for both beginners and experienced potters.
Khadijah J J Fulcher - - #10529
I had absolutely no experience of pottery whatsoever; I received an introductory voucher as a Christmas gift in 2016 and I have kept the weekly classes up since then.
The classes are relaxed and friendly but very educational. Louise teaches many techniques and provides all the tools and materials one needs. Self expression is encouraged but Louise is always on hand to offer suggestions for new projects.
I love these classes and would encourage any one to join the group whether experienced or beginner.
Maureen Kernan - - #10492
I absolutely loved this course. I went for a taster course with my father and we really enjoyed the experience. Louise allowed us to use the wheel which we were very pleased with and gave us brilliant advise and instructions. It was a very relaxed environment and we were able to use our own creativity throughout the lesson. I would highly recommend this to everybody- no matter how skilled in pottery they are.
Abigail Bean - - #10005
I find this class very informative and I've had made some very good things .... I have learnt a lot
Joe Mcgrogan - - #8394
I love going to this pottery class and it's the highlight of my week. The 2 hours pass too quickly. Louise is brilliant and helps with ideas and teaches you the skills of pottery, one to one, in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She is always interested and encouraging in whatever project you are on with. There is a lot of equipment and different tools available to use and Louise has her own kiln for the firing. I'm so glad my friend introduced me to pottery, with Louise and her lovely Mam, Ann, at Poppy Rose!
Jacqueline Bright - - #7911
Very friendly, good instructions and Louise is extremely supportive and helpful. I am very pleased with the items I have made. I was very unsure of my skills but Louise has encouraged me and made sure she is there to give advice whenever it has been required. I would highly recommend this course and will keep going.
thelma johnston - - #5885
Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with a few simple guidance lessons you'll be off and running, great fun meeting new people, lou and Ann are are very informative and helpful. Just what I needed to break up my day
William Gough - - #5862
Brilliant teaching and lovely atmosphere.
Alison Grainge - - #5860
I have been coming to this pottery class for about a year now . Great company , lots of encouragement from Lou our fantastic tutor. I have made some lovely pots and had a few disasters but l love every minute.
Liz Jamieson - - #5132
Great course, very relaxed and friendly. I highly recommend it! Lou is very patient and a great pottery teacher.
Bernie - - #5085
I have been attending pottery classes at Poppy Rose nearly every week for over a year .I originally only signed up for a 4 week course!!!Lou is an excellent teacher, very helpful and patient.I've learnt tons of new pottery skills! I'd advise everyone to come along and try it !! You'll be hooked :)
Helen Carrington - - #5067
I originally signed up for a 4 week class last June but I am still going nearly a year later, which tells you how great this course is. I have made so many amazing things that I would never have thought I could do - vases, decorations, tea light holders, little pots made on the wheel to name just a few - as Lou is so patient and helpful. I can't recommend this enough :-)
Sarah Murray - - #5062
Have been attending one of these classes since last year . Classes are small and very friendly so there is plenty of time for tutor to help with projects. Lou (tutor) creates a relaxed atmosphere and brings a lot of knowledge & experience.
Ann McGrogan - - #5061
This is a fun and relaxed class where you are only limited by your imagination. Tutor is helpful and knowledgeable in all aspects of ceramics
Joe Mcgrogan - - #5060
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