Pottery Slow Down Weekend Throwing and Handbuilding in the New Forest

Duration: 2 days

Price: £190

Run by: Joanna Osman
at Angels Farm Pottery


Angels Farm
Pinkney Lane
SO43 7FE

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About the Course

We offer weekend courses with a maximum of six students on each course. Over the years Jo has developed a personalised teaching style which enables students to follow their own interests with professional support. There will be demonstrations throughout the two days with each day split between throwing on the four wheels and hand building, including slab building and coiling. The course can be residential or non-residential with guests staying in our 17th Century Farmhouse. The cost of accommodation is £80 for two nights based on two people sharing.

Typical weekend timetable


Arrival from 4pm.


8.30am: leisurely breakfast in the farmhouse.

10am-12.30pm: Morning session in the pottery. We will stop for coffee and homemade biscuits during the morning.

1pm Lunch

2-4pm Afternoon session

4pm Tea and reflection

Evening – you are welcome to continue your work independently in the pottery. There are a number of excellent pubs and restaurants within walking distance of the pottery.

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?

Two days of tuition in our pottery studio.
Rustic lunch and refreshments.
Basic materials.
Pots will be fired after the course and will be available for collection or can be posted at cost.

Residential guests - Friday and Saturday night accommodation and breakfast

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My husband and I had a wonderful day with Jo. Beautiful setting, excellent and knowledgeable instruction, delicious homemade food. Over all a really relaxing and fun day. Jo is patient and kind, making it a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. We were really pleased with how our pots turned out and looking forward to picking them up after the final firing.

- - #9426

What a lovely time we had - we stayed in Jo's beautiful cottage as B & B guests and were waited on by her lovely family. We relaxed and enjoyed her garden and the Yurt, but best of all we spent the whole day in the Potting Shed (hardly a shed - a perfectly proportioned classroom!). Jo is a very quiet tutor but with wonderful experience, she answered any questions we threw at her and encouraged us with our throwing, helping us hands on if our pots didn't quite go the way we'd planned! Jo demonstrated different techniques and let us 'go our own way' if we wanted to. It was a perfect way to 'wind down' and relax (oh and get very very messy - well that was me anyway) . Booking the course was easy and paying simple too. I'm hoping to return in the not too distant future. If it was closer I'd be there every week.

- - #9323

A delightful day learning a lot about throwing a pot, thumb pots and the complexities of working with Clay. Our instructor obviously knows her stuff and helped keep the day productive and interesting. coming away with the desire to do more speaks for its self. Not only was the potting fun but the tea breaks and lunch were scrumptious. Highly recommend

- - #9166

Having spent many years being interested in studio potters' work but never before tried it myself, I found the 2 day course incredibly interesting and absorbing. Jo's teaching was brilliant - calm and well balanced, providing help when needed but letting us work at our own pace, and we all managed to produce at least half a dozen pieces that we were really pleased with. We covered throwing on the wheel, hand/coil building, turning, slab building and various decorating/glazing techniques. The biscuits and lunches were delicious! The studio has masses of inspirational pots by Jo and her students and it is a lovely environment. I came away with my head full of potential projects for another day and could not have had a better teacher or a more enjoyable weekend.

- - #8469

My wife and I went on the residential weekend, we are complete beginners with no experience at all. We absolutely loved it! Saturday morning after a lovely cooked breakfast we went into the pottery and within 10 minutes we were all our own wheels throwing clay!! After a 3 course lunch we did coiling, although you could carry on throwing if you wanted.

Sunday morning we turned our pots that had spent the night drying, and after another gorgeous lunch, we decorated and glazed our items. Jo will fire them and post the finished articles back to us. Assuming they survive the kiln we have 9 pieces each which we are amazed at!

Jo and her family are really warm and friendly and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived to the second we begrudgingly left! The food is amazing and you are kept topped up with tea, coffee, home made biscuits and home made cakes.

We had a great time and cannot recommend highly enough.

- - #8441

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 24th February 2018
Saturday 14th April 2018
Saturday 28th April 2018
Saturday 12th May 2018
Saturday 26th May 2018
Saturday 9th June 2018
Saturday 23rd June 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018

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