Pottery throwing in Buxton

Throwing at Earth Pig


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, which can take a week or more, before it can be fired.*
Many students choose to return 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 £20 per person per hour.

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.


Geoff Chilton at Earth Pig Pottery


Hardwick Studios
Hardwick Square South
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


1 hour (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
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 course
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 course
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 course
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 course
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 course
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 course
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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