Pottery courses in the South Downs National Park
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About the Course
One-to-one Pottery Courses
The pottery is small but provides a great opportunity for individual tuition or two people sharing a course. 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 2 hour class you will be throwing on the wheel and produce a few bowls. In a full day class you will be throwing before lunch, and decorating tiles or a dish in the afternoon.
Individual Pottery Courses - 1 day: £135
2 People Sharing - 1 day: £225
Please note there is a Cancellation Policy of the full fee for cancellations made within ten days of the course date.
Please get in touch for more details or see "More courses" below for details of our 2 hour taster sessions.
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.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials, firing costs and refreshments.
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
Helen and James - - #12253
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!
Doug Urquhart - - #11571
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.
Kate & Nicola - - #9674
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
Greer Jones - - #8932
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.
Richard - - #8174
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.
Sandra Hutchinson - - #7507
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
Jason & Sarah - - #7086
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!
Adam & Marzena - - #6761
What a fun 2 hours!!
My daughter brought the 2 hour experience for us as a gift as I expressed an interest in trying pottery after seeing a pottery programme on the television.
We were both absolute novices but Rowena the tutor put us at ease immediately.
First she helped me create a bowl while my daughter watched and then we switched roles and I watched on.
She explained things very clearly and demonstrated what she was saying making sure we understood what we were trying to achieve at each stage of the process.
When it came to the second pots we made Rowena talked us through what to do each stage and sat between us ready to lend a hand when needed and happy to sit back and encourage us when we were doing ok.
We never quite mastered the art of centering but luckily we had the brilliant skills of Rowena on hand to help with that stage and when asked she stepped in again to sort out some wobbly sides but otherwise she really let us go for it.
At the end of the session it turned out Rowena would glaze and fire the pots for us for collection in a few weeks.
Really would recommend this course, such a sense of achievement when we created a real pot that looked like a real pot thanks to the excellent tuition!
Sue Richardson - - #6572
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.
Martin & Jane Clift - - #6438
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.
Bob Carter - - #5806
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.
Kathryn Davey - - #5264
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
Caroline - - #4817
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.
Careen and Graham - - #4459
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.
Leonie - - #3986
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.
Amy Fryday - - #3914
Awesome experience! we learnt lots and Roweena was amazing! we had the 2 hour session and made 4 pots each, amazing opportunity, thank you
Daniel Fisher - - #3858
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.
Jonathan and Laura - - #3785
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
Alison Shears - - #3370
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.
Enrico and David - - #3295
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!
Helen Whitehead - - #2902
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.
Jade & Kristian - - #2406
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.
Michelle - - #2151
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!
Carolyn Watkins - - #1731
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!
Vix - - #969
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!!
john Rose - - #865
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.
Jayne - - #837
Was given a one day course for a birthday present. Had a brilliant day - instructive, creative and great fun.
Jan Gasson - - #800
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
Isabel Pichonnaz - - #611
Lovely workshop, making pots and then raku firing in the garden
Good tutor learnt a lot will do more
Gill Short - - #461
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
Helen and Jas - - #234
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