Pottery throwing in Buxton

Throwing at Earth Pig
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Description

Our studio is located upstairs in The Green Man Gallery, a not-for-profit community arts hub & Gallery, which is run entirely by hard-working volunteers, including ourselves!

The small classes we offer at Earth Pig Pottery are very flexible and cater for beginners and intermediate throwers. Currently we offer sessions on Fri, Sat or Sun only, due to other work commitments.

Beginning throwers will focus on centring the clay and making a basic cylinder, later expanding this to other forms based on this. The object will be to make a pot that you want to keep.
*Please note: we are unable to post pots to you so, if you wish to keep any, you would need to collect them at a later date, after they've been biscuit fired in our kiln. Also, clay needs to dry completely before it can be fired.*
Many students choose to return for a further session to decorate/glaze their pots but this is entirely optional.

The studio is well-equipped with three wheels, extruder and kiln. Due to the limited space we can accommodate no more than three students at one time. This gives plenty of time for one-to-one guided tuition.

Students can book sessions from one to three hours. Cost is £25 per person per hour. Please note that the Craft Courses booking robot will default to 11.00am start time. If you would like a different time please specify this in a message to us when you book.

Please note: our studio is on the first floor and access is by stairs only.

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 (clay, decorating slip etc).
Use of wheels, tools, aprons and other equipment.
Firing of a single pot (extra pots can be left with us and fired at a small cost).
A throwing demonstration.
Full tuition and guidance.

Maker

Geoff Chilton at Earth Pig Pottery

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Venue

Hardwick Studios
Hardwick Square South
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 6PY

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

Duration

1 hour (flexible times to suit)

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Reviews

In-person
James - - #38879

Brilliant experience. Geoff is extremely knowledgeable and talented, and assisted my partner and I in creating two bowls. As complete novices we were impressed with the results, which is all down to having a great tutor! Highly recommended

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thank you for the very kind review. We aim to give the best experience in making pots on the wheel which can be a daunting experience! I'm glad you enjoyed the session and are pleased with the results.

In-person
Chris & Helen - - #38191

This was our first go at pottery and we had a great time! Geoff was patient, he explained things clearly, he gave us the right balance of instruction and allowing us to figure things out. We'll be back!

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Pleased you enjoyed the session. Thank you for your review. Hope to see you again.

In-person
Nicola Eills - - #37855

My husband had a wonderful couple of hours with Geoff and managed to throw a few pots in that time. He loved the experience and is looking forward to going back to collect his pots once they’ve been fired. I also spent an enjoyable couple of hours in the art exhibition room downstairs where the lovely lady offered a warm, peaceful welcome. Hot drinks and comfy chairs were available, as well as excellent disabled access. Many thanks to you both.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thank you for your review. Im glad both you and your husband enjoyed your visit.

In-person
Denis - - #37754

What a great way to spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon! It was almost zen-like focusing on working the clay and learning a totally different skill! It was our first time throwing a pot but with Geoff’s attentive guidance we both managed on our first attempt. We really enjoyed the experience and hope to come back soon to glaze the pots we made and have another go at throwing. Thank you! Denis & Paul

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thanks for your review. It was great meeting you guys and I'm glad you enjoyed the session. See you again for glazing!

In-person
Beth - - #37545

A great time trying pottery for the first time, Geoff was a great teacher and made the session fun!

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

We try and make the session as enjoyable and informative as possible. A relaxed atmosphere is the key - most beginners are often nervous about making pots on the wheel and a fun, non-judgemental mood is important. Thank you for your review.

In-person
Ruby Westnedge - - #37526

Fantastic introduction to pottery. Geoff is a great instructor and explained each step clearly. I would highly recommend a hour class with Geoff for anyone interested in pottery.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thanks for your review, Ruby. I'm glad you enjoyed the session. Hope to see you again soon.

In-person
Amy Bates - - #37462

Sunday morning well spent with the amazing Geoff at Earth Pig Pottery.
Lots of fun in a very relaxed, non-judgmental environment (basically he didn't laugh, or cry at our efforts). Highly recommend and will certainly be booking in for more sessions soon.
Geoff has a lot of knowledge on pottery and is very passionate but without being boring or condescending. Thank you very much!!
Amy and Tasha x

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thank you for your very kind review. I'm glad you both enjoyed yourselves and I hope you'll be back to do more.

In-person
Kim-lisa Clack - - #37305

Very enjoyable experience, great, clear, easy to follow instructions. Managed to throw a simple pot and booked my next session.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thanks for your review, Kim. Glad you enjoyed the session. I was impressed with your diligent approach.

In-person
Jade - - #37288

Went for my sisters 18th birthday present and we had a great time! We were both complete beginners and Geoff explained and demonstrated everything really well and was always on hand to help us when we got to making our pots. Great experience can't wait to go pick them up!!

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thanks for your review, Jade. Glad you enjoyed the session.

In-person
Francesca Cross - - #36824

The class was really good and even as a complete beginner, we managed to make good pots. Geoff was really lovely and patient with us too.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thank you for your feedback. Pleased you enjoyed the session, Francesca. It was great to meet you.

In-person
Eleanor - - #36658

Would highly recommend a session with Geoff for anyone keen to try pottery throwing. He gave us more than our alloted hour, at a time that worked for us. He was super patient, very encouraging and we ended up with four very respectable first attempts!

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thank you for the review, Eleanor. I'm glad you enjoyed the session. Your focused approach clearly paid dividends!

In-person
Alex - - #36460

A truly wonderfully led session. Geoff is a good teacher with a great amount of patience & ability. We didn’t feel at all rushed and learnt a lot building on skills during the session. Loved the community run venue.
Would highly recommend.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thanks for your review, Alex. It was great to meet Tony and yourself and I'm glad you enjoyed the session.

In-person
Helen Bates - - #34645

This is a great introduction to pottery and Geoff has a lot of patience. He did a good demonstration and then we got to have a go at throwing a pot. It was very good hands on experience and an ideal taster to pottery. Also his dog, Guiness is lovely!

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thank you, Helen. Glad you enjoyed the session. Guinness says hello too.

In-person
Sarah McSherry - - #34253

I had a 2 hour lesson with Geoff which I really enjoyed. Geoff was very patient and encouraging throughout and gave lots of advice and tips. I was glad that I booked the extra hour as it gave more time to practice the throwing techniques. I would highly recommend this course and I hope to go back for more lessons.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

It was great to meet you, Sarah. So pleased you enjoyed the session. Hope to see you again soon.

In-person
Gareth Davies - - #34205

Geoff was a great teacher, me and my partner threw our first pot very successfully. It is great value for money compared to other Pottery courses I have seen. I would wholeheartedly recommend that anyone try this with their family and/or friends if they are interested, it makes for a perfect day out.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again.

In-person
Ellen Broady - - #33273

Great fun and Geoff was brill and patient with us! We are certainly going back. Thank you

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the session. Hope to see you again.

In-person
Carly Ford - - #33133

A really enjoyable hour lesson. Geoff was very informative and provided me with lots of sound advice, which was needed as I was a complete beginner. I would highly recommend the course to anyone that is interested in Pottery. Thanks again.

Response from Earth Pig Pottery:

Glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again.

In-person
Neha Patil - - #32902

Lots of fun! Was a complete beginner and managed to make two great pots. Highly recommend as an interesting activity to try out :)

In-person
Wolodymyr Krywonos - - #32901

Earth Pig Pottery is a great time for anybody looking to try pottery for the first time. Thanks to the very helpful and experienced instructors we were even able to produce good quality pots. Overall a great experience for everyone!

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