Pottery throwing course in the South Downs National Park (one day - one-to-one)

Pottery throwing course in the South Downs National Park (one day - one-to-one)


This is a one-to-one pottery course, if you are looking to book for two people, please press the 'more from this maker' button to see a listing for 2 people with a reduction in price.

The pottery is small but provides a great opportunity for individual tuition This could include a mixture of throwing on the wheel and hand-building, with time to concentrate on one or the other. A variety of techniques can be explored to decorate your work. Stoneware clay is used and fired in an electric kiln with a choice of glazes.

In a full day class you will be throwing before lunch, and decorating tiles or a dish in the afternoon.

Please get in touch for more details or see "more from this maker" below for details of our 2 hour taster sessions.

If you have any questions in advance of booking please use the 'message the tutor' button and the team will be in touch with you asap.

Lewes is a lively historic town set in the South Downs. Plenty to explore, so a great opportunity to combine a pottery course with other interests.

Bed and breakfast available in the area.

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 materials, firing costs and refreshments.


Rowena Williams at Paddock Studio Pottery

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Paddock Studios
Paddock Lane

Suitable for

  • Public transport
  • UK Holiday


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Helen - - #37945

It was such a fun, interesting and relaxing day. Rowena was very patient and a fabulous teacher! Thank you! Helen

Karen Stevenson - - #37756

I attended a day course (from 10:00 - 16:00) at the Paddock Studio. Rowena was a brilliant teacher, being very patient, enthusiastic and openly delighted for you when a technique worked or you were creative. I was bought a craft course voucher for my birthday and could not have spent it in a better and more fun way.

I would throughly recommend to anyone wanting to throw a pot to give this day course a go.

Thank you Rowena for making it a really wonderful day.

Ailsa Kiely - - #32920

Perfect way to exit lockdown.

I was very new to throwing and Rowena was the perfect teacher. Her enthusiasm and knowledge was infectious. She was patient and provided so much insight into how different techniques are used without it being overwhelming. Not only that she was able to adapt techniques suit me.

I saw so much progression in the lesson from starting by making a small olive bowl through to a vase by the end of it.

Definitely recommend this to anyone starting out in the clay world and also people with years of experience. A day full of laughter and one you can take at your own pace. I will most certainly be back.

Claire - - #31676

I did Rowena's one day course with my mum last month. We had such a lovely day. I was surprised by how much we managed to do in one session and we both got to make three pots on the wheel and another using a mold. Rowena was a great teacher and we had fun learning various techniques. We were both very pleased with our finished pots. I would definitely recommend this course as a excellent taster.

Joe - - #31537

This was my first experience at throwing pots and Rowena was brilliant at teaching me the process from start to finish. She guided me through all of the basic techniques and I was thrilled that I managed to produce a good range of pots during the day. Rowena is an excellent teacher, her depth and breadth of knowledge gave me a superb insight into the pottery world. Needless to say, I am now hooked and will be continuing on my pottery journey of discovery. If you are looking for an idea for a ‘Staycation’ (or should that be ‘Claycation’) activity then I can highly recommend booking one of Rowena’s courses.

Trish - - #31355

Lots of practice in throwing opportunities with useful tips.

Camilla & Jack - - #28225

We booked a day pottery course with Rowena as our Christmas present to each other and couldn’t recommend it more! We loved how we got straight into throwing bowls as soon as we arrived and Rowena is a fantastic (and patient!) teacher. We spent the last few hours of the day making tiles and platters which is something that I have always wanted to do, and it was so interesting learning about all the coloured slips! We live locally so decided to come back and glaze our items which was so much fun, I’m so excited to see how they all turn out! Thanks so much Rowena!

Skye - - #23958

I was given Rowena's 3 day pottery course for my 30th birthday this year, and it was absolutely amazing. Rowena really knows her stuff and I felt like I learnt so much from her. She was patient and also gave me the freedom to give things a go, and the 3 days flew by. I loved every part of the course and would love to find a way to continue learning with Rowena in the future. I was really happy with how many different pieces I got to make and wouldn't hesitate in recommending Rowena and her courses to anyone.

Christine Bennett - - #23553

I had a fantastic day in Rowena's studio on a one-to-one day course. I hadn't done any pottery for nearly 20 years and had never used a wheel, but Rowena is very patient, encouraging and great at explaining what to do (and giving a helping hand when needed!). I made 3 small bowls on the wheel and then spent the afternoon decorating a bowl. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to booking another day to practise the skills I learned.

Jane Griffin - - #20773

I cannot recommend Rowena highly enough. I had a three-day, one-to-one course with her. I’d only done pottery at evening classes about twenty years ago and had no experience of using the wheel. I learnt to make bowls, dishes, a jug and several mugs with her expert tuition. She is so patient, such a good teacher and great company too. I’m hoping to go back for a day or two soon as enjoyed it so much.

Lucy sleep - - #19844

My friend and I had such a great day with Rowena! She was incredibly patient and very informative. She guided us brilliantly but let us experiment with our own Ideas on which shapes to throw/what to make. We were left with a number of pieces we were really pleased with. We also had a real laugh with her; the atmosphere in the studio is really relaxed and fun. I'll definitely be back!

Katie Geer - - #19226

I had a fabulous day with Rowena learning to throw pots, the course was informative and hands on taught in a warm, friendly and patient manner. I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and watching and learning from a talented artist. I am thrilled with the pots I managed to throw under Rowena’s guidance.

Joanna Ling - - #18628

I did a two day one to one throwing course with Rowena. It was fantastic. I learnt a huge amount and because I had two days with her we not only covered making various shapes but had time to turn some bowls and make some handles. Highly recommend it for beginners or those wanting to become more proficient.

susan garrett - - #14420

Buyer beware.
If, like me, you become ill and want to re-schedule she throws the cancellation policy at you and you forfeit the whole lot.
So don't get ill!!!!!

Response from Paddock Studio Pottery:

To all customers,
In response to the review by Sue Garrett: it was a very late cancellation on the night before, which meant it was not possible to offer the date to any other customer. Therefore, it was decided to not refund the cost of the day's course. I am a tiny business which cannot afford to lose a day's pay.
I try to accommodate for very serious events such as hospital appointments, deaths, or births, but I'm afraid I can't account for every situation. I hope that most people will understand that it is generally accepted that a late cancellation will result in forfeiting the course fee. Rowena Williams
The cancellation policy can be seen on both websites:
Www. Thepaddockstudiopottery.com
Www. Craftcourses. Com

Samantha Sensesligil - - #13560

My mum bought me the day course with Rowena for my birthday. We stayed in lewes over night and the day in the pottery.
I couldn't recommend rowena enough i learnt how to throw where step by step made 4 bowls in the morning. Mum found she couldnt use the wheel so Rowena taught her how to do a coil pot.
She is an amazing teacher, very easy to talk to makes you feel comfortable.
Myself and mum could sing rowenas praises and will think of another trip next year. I cant thank you enough rowena. :0)

Helen and James - - #12253

We did a 1 day course with Rowena - one of us a complete novice and the other with a CSE in Ceramics from a long time ago! Neither of us had ever thrown a pot or used a pottery wheel before. Rowena demonstrated how to use the wheel and then guided each of us patiently through our first bowl. She is a very encouraging and patient teacher and gets the most out of students via praise! She achieves the perfect balance between providing enough support but also encouraging independence and confidence. With her support and many instances of her 'saving' our efforts we produced 4 bowls each. In the afternoon we made and decorated tiles and a bowl which was also good fun. A really great and inspiring day. We would totally recommend Rowena to anyone wanting to have a go. Also just a great day out and escape from it all. We will definitely be returning to see if we can build on our efforts. Thank you Rowena

Doug Urquhart - - #11571

I completed a 4 day one on one course with Rowena last week, and I could not have been happier. Rowena laid out a 4 day plan based on my skill set (10 months experience at night classes).
I cannot believe how much I have advanced in the 4 days. Having someone critically advising the things that you're doing wrong, made such a difference.
Within my week, I made straight sided vessels with lids, vases, mugs with handles and plates.
Lids and handles were never my forte, but I feel more confident in attempting now.
I cannot recommend enough, any number of hours or days with Rowena if you want to advance your existing throwing skills or just beginning.
Wonderful company and atmosphere. Just do it!

Kate & Nicola - - #9674

We had an amazing day learning to throw and decorate pots with Rowena. She is an excellent teacher and communicator and we felt well supported by her all day. She is also a lovely lady who we enjoyed spending the day with too!
We absolutely loved the experience of throwing and couldn't believe how much we learned so quickly. We made some lovely bowls and look forward to using these at home in the future. In the afternoon we also had the opportunity to make a plate using a mould and decorated this using the slip & decorative method of our own choosing.
Thank you Rowena for a brilliant day. We hope to return again in the future.

Greer Jones - - #8932

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our day course with Rowena. She is a really good teacher and we were surprised that we were able to throw five pots each. The decorative work in the afternoon was fun too. The day passed very quickly. Lewes is an interesting town and there are plenty of places to get lunch. I would definitely recommend this course

Richard - - #8174

Spent a great day with Rowena. No messing about... straight on to the wheel. As a complete novice Rowena's excellent teaching skills meant I was making 'reasonable' pots in no time. I'd highly recommend this course, its incredibly relaxing and a lot of fun.

Sandra Hutchinson - - #7507

Booked a full day course with my husband to try throwing a pot. We had a fantastic day with Rowena, who was very patient with our efforts, ended up with five pots each as well as having a go at different decorative techniques.
Rowena is a great teacher, you are on the wheel very quickly, the day just flew by.
For lunch there is a great fish and chip shop a short walk away as well as Lewes High Street.

Jason & Sarah - - #7086

What a perfect day!

Rowena is brilliant, such a great teacher - Sarah and I learnt so much during our one day introduction to Pottery, we couldn't believe how much we had achieved in just one day. We left totally relaxed and brimming with confidence, and wanting to go on and make even more obscure pots!

Very much looking forward to going back to see Rowena to pick up our collection of finished pieces.

Simply amazing, thank you Rowena!
Jason & Sarah

Adam & Marzena - - #6761

My girlfriend and I did a one day course with Rowena and we absolutely loved it! Rowena is an excellent teacher, she's very knowledgeable and she can explain everything clearly. We really enjoyed our course and we highly recommend it!

Sue Richardson - - #6572

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Martin & Jane Clift - - #6438

Rowena is a wonderful teacher, very experienced and knowledgeable.
Ready to jump in to save your work or to let you go as far as you dare.
We spent two days laughing and learning to throw and decorate pots and tiles.
She works hard to make sure you can achieve your potential.
We loved our time at Paddock Studios.
We highly recommend Rowena.

Bob Carter - - #5806

My daughter and I did a two day course with Rowena in her pottery. We had lots of fun and achieved a great deal in a short time. The first day we learned how to throw pots on the electric wheel. Then we decorated some tiles as practice for finishing our pots. The second day we learnt how to turn the bases of our pots and then set about decorating them.
Rowena is an experienced teacher who expertly guides her pupils and enables them to get the most out of the experience. She has a patient and charming manner. My daughter and I agreed that the world needs more teachers like Rowena.

Kathryn Davey - - #5264

My friend and I have just had the most fun learning to throw pots with Rowena on Saturday. Rowena got us going straight away on the wheel and before we knew it we were making bowls! Amazing. We grinned and laughed the whole day. We will definitely be back for more and it was well worth the drive down from London. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Such a wonderful feeling of achievement and to be able to learn from such a skilled teacher. Thank you so much.

Caroline - - #4817

I was given a whole five day course. I have had one of the most brilliant times of my life, learning to make pots, - throwing and coiling. Rowena is a fabulous teacher, morphing smoothly into a coach as you get the hang of it, encouraging you to experiment and push your ideas. I had my coil pot project going on in the background which I could work on each day whilst learning a new skill. The weather was kind to us so we had a really memorable day building a kiln outside and doing a Raku firing with fire and sawdust and the excitement of revealing jewels of colour and texture as the cinders were washed off. I cannot rate this highly enough. Also, if you are interested in history Lewes is fascinating place to explore while you are there

Careen and Graham - - #4459

My husband and I attended a 1 day pottery course. Never having done pottery before we had a low expectation of what we would be able to produce. The day was absolutely fantastic, Rowena was such a great teacher, extremely helpful and provided calm expert guidance. We had a really fun time, thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were absolutely delighted with the pieces we were able to produce. We would highly recommend this course.

Leonie - - #3986

A wonderful and informative course! Rowena is an excellent, experienced and friendly teacher, and the setting in Lewes is lovely. I'd never done any pottery before but I managed to make bowls, mugs and even a gargoyle on my first day! Great value for money. Highly recommended.

Amy Fryday - - #3914

An absolutely fantastic experience. I went with my husband for a 1 day course in the studio with Rowena where we learnt and made so much. Rowena is really top rate teacher. I would definitely recommend to anyone and will certainly be returning.

Daniel Fisher - - #3858

Awesome experience! we learnt lots and Roweena was amazing! we had the 2 hour session and made 4 pots each, amazing opportunity, thank you

Jonathan and Laura - - #3785

I booked a two hour session for me and my partner for her birthday as she had always been keen to try pottery on a wheel. Rowena was really friendly and very knowledgeable and very accomodating especially as I forgot to tell her my partner was 24 weeks pregnant - oops! My partner made a far better pot on the wheel in one try (it took me two attempts to make a good one) and then as it was very strenuous for her she rolled out a lovely oven dish while I took photos of her crafting. we had a lovely time, and six weeks later (exactly as Rowena had said) I collected the finished articles which we were really impressed with! Full marks to Rowena for a brilliant experience.

Alison Shears - - #3370

I received a 2hr session as a Christmas present as it was always something I wanted to try. Rowena was wonderful and made the 2hrs so enjoyable and funny. I made and acheived so much more than I ever imagined and now would like to go back to make more. I, 100% recommend everybody should give this a go at least once in their lifes.5

Enrico and David - - #3295

We enjoyed our session with Rowena. She made us feel welcome and was very good at teaching us new approaches to improve our centring and throwing technique. There are clear benefits to private classes and Rowena is very observant, patient and knowledgeable. We both left feeling we had learnt things that will help us improve and would wholeheartedly recommend Rowena to others.

Helen Whitehead - - #2902

I learned so much on this course and it was a truly wonderful experience. My head is full of things I need to remember and I know that everything Rowena taught us will be massively useful (I promise to keep my arms down! :) ) The day was paced very well and Rowena was both patient and ambitious for us. We both really enjoyed our day and Rowena couldn't have been more helpful. Many thanks!

Jade & Kristian - - #2406

We thoroughly enjoyed a 2hr class.
Rowena was not only a great teacher, but very friendly too. Was a lovely experience and would highly recommend.

Michelle - - #2151

My partner and I shared a 2hr session on a pottery wheel each and it was brilliant. Rowena is a great teacher, managing to balance her time between the two and encouraging you to experiment as much as you feel comfortable with. We were delighted to come away with 6 glazed pots...excellent value for money. We are keen to go back sometime soon.

Carolyn Watkins - - #1731

I spent 3 days with Rowena, learning to throw a pot for the first time, learning how to mould wares, mould and fix handles and experimenting with new kinds of decoration, especially working with slip. Rowena was an excellent teacher, gradually building my confidence, and tailoring the pace and content very well to my interests and skills. Great to be in Lewes too as the town itself and the surrounding scenery are pleasant to explore and an inspiration for decoration. Thank you!

Vix - - #969

My friend and I attended a two day weekend course. We loved the fact that we were on the wheel and throwing pots within ten minutes of starting the course. Rowena provided helpful advice but was keen for us to have a go on our own which was great. Her patience and lovely sense of humour were greatly appreciated! The two day course was full and varied but adaptable if you had a particular interest. Rowena's enthusiasm and happy personality made for an interesting and relaxed course. Thank you!

john Rose - - #865

We went on the all day (10 - 4) course and it as brilliant. Neither my wife or I had thrown before but Rowena was excellent at explaining how to do each process and we had an amazing time! I would recommend this course to anyone and was a great day and you get great value for money!!

Jayne - - #837

I attended a two hour weekly tutorial with Rowena for over a year. I chose her because of the location, but also because her own pottery is beautiful and I loved her work. Rowena is very practical and explains everything clearly. She is a patient, accommodating and inspiring teacher and she was very easy to get along with. All her teaching was appropriate to my level of experience and she helped me achieve what I wanted to, which was the confidence and ability to work by myself.

Jan Gasson - - #800

Was given a one day course for a birthday present. Had a brilliant day - instructive, creative and great fun.

Isabel Pichonnaz - - #611

I spent an excellent pottery week at the Paddock Studio. Rowena is a great teacher. She's helpful, encouraging and constructive. This week gave me plenty of ideas and a new motivation. Thank you! 5

Gill Short - - #461

Lovely workshop, making pots and then raku firing in the garden
Good tutor learnt a lot will do more

Helen and Jas - - #234

We had a fantastic weekend. Rowena is a patient and encouraging teacher who clearly enjoys her work and sharing it with others. Taught 3 complete beginners to throw, coil and decorate which was great fun and a perfect way to unwind after a busy week. We left with a real sense of achievement.5

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