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Pottery and Clay classes.
From Monday 10 September 2018
CLASSES Mondays 12-7pm
Please BOOK Your Flexible Hourly Slots - Before Attending
Classes follow School Term Holidays
Classes are to help you develop your clay skills.
We have Pottery Wheels, Slab Roller, Coilers, everything to take the hard work out of working with clay so you can get on with creating.
Once you have the basic skills we use slips and glazes to decorate your pieces.
I can help you with glaze making, coloured slip making, firing kilns, ceramic transfers etc
The main aim is to help students achieve success as soon as possible by sharing knowledge and tips.
Clay has a real therapeutic quality and helps the mind switch off from everyday pressures and we learn to just play again, it's also very addictive 😀 The learning never ends but that's the joy of clay
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 tools and materials are provided.
We do have aprons but if you prefer bring along your own apron.
Tea & Coffee freely available
All you need to bring is yourself and for a few hours immerse yourself in the joy of clay
Please pay for class via Bank Transfer prior to attending - Bank details will be given when you book your class
I did this course and now I'm hooked! The introductory course gives you a real insight into all aspects of pottery making. You get the opportunity to experiment with the different methods of making a pot and because classes are kept small, you are helped every step of the way. Joan is an inspirational teacher who is happy to share her vast knowledge and experience. I now go on a weekly basis and am really enjoying learning new skills and learning how to be creative with with slips and glazes. I would highly recommend this course and the classes to all levels.
Carole - - #13728
Four of us did a taster session as a birthday treat for our teenage daughter. Joan was welcoming, a great teacher and she was generous with her time, knowledge and praise. She very kindly offered to fire and glaze our poor initial efforts (we were first time pottery throwers). All together a great experience and recommended. We will make the time to return.
Ian LW - - #12328
A really enjoyable course. Joan is knowledgeable about a wide range of clay building methods, and is really patient!
I went on the course wanting to learn how to throw on the wheel, but have also found that I enjoy hand building as well.
I could have spent hours in her workshop turning down pots as I find that the concentration is so therapeutic.
I have been back 3 times now, and am looking forward to more this year.
Andrew Barnard - - #12320
Met Joan and she inspired me to take up Pottery and if anyone is ill, I would highly recommend that they take a course of pottery in Joan's Den 😀 I come for 3 hours and the time fly's by, I have learnt to use the pottery wheel and made a lighthouse (quite complicated as several pieces need joining) but I still have problems centering on the wheel which Joan is helping me with. I have also made cups, bowls and a small teapot 😀
Gerry Doherty - - #10646
I was looking for a course to provide me with a few skills and some time to 'play with clay' and I am really enjoying my weekly visits. I have only been going for a month but Joan provides a great calming atmosphere - she has incredible patience and her friendly approach has really allowed me to learn. I am a total beginner and found Joan by chance and I could not recommend her enough. She gives you tips to improve but allows you to take the direction you want - I am now moving on from my pot and bowl but have not used the wheel yet! I have been inspired by her work and also the people I have met through the course. A great relaxing way to spend an evening.
nan whorwood - - #10440
What a delight! Three hours hard work (well it is now I'm retired), passed in the blink of an eye. Joan, the tutor, is clearly very experienced and very patient with a total novice! I'm not usually a big fan of mucky hands and "yes, Joan" I know my nails are a bit long but I can't wait for next week to see if my masterpiece is still intact. I would highly recommend this course which is growing in popularity.
Colette Galvin - - #10439
I did the beginner's course a few months ago, and then continued going along. I still class myself as a beginner, but I have been helped and guided by Joan to use the techniques she has taught us, to create some lovely pieces of pottery. I still haven't got to grips with the wheel yet, but intend to do so as I have just signed up again after the summer. Classes are small and Joan is always on hand to give as much help as you need. Pottery is very therapeutic and absorbing, and a good 'mindfulness' activity: a real tonic if you have a stressful life! I have enjoyed learning something new, and seeing my own and other people's creations take shape. All the equipment and tools you need are provided (even cups of tea!) - you just need an apron.
Alison Avery - - #10432
This is a relaxed and friendly course. Joan creates a lovely atmosphere in which to learn in her spacious home studio. Both me and my mother in law did the course. She made vases and delicate flowers and I made a selection of pottery animals. Joan allows you to make what you want whilst teaching you all the basics of pottery on the wheel and hand building. Would highly recommend. It's lots of fun and very relaxing. Lots of tea and biscuits too which is always a bonus.
Joe dutfield - - #10259
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- Accessible by public transport
- Child friendly
- Suitable for beginners
- Suitable for events & groups
- Suitable for stag and hen dos
- Teen friendly
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