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Raku - ceramics Saturday class

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About the Course

Come and join Roop (and Al) from RAMP in the Mid Devon Countryside at the newly established Devon Applied Arts Workshop. Set in rolling fields, outside Silverton, between Exeter and Tiverton, the space is well heated, has wheelchair access and a purpose-built studio workshop for the Applied Arts.

We are running a weekend comprehensive ceramics workshop focusing on slipware and decorative techniques for a maximum of eight students.

Roop & Al will introduce you to a range of core processes of making and decoration in clay. These will include hand building with molds, slabs, coils and pinch pots. The potter’s wheel will be available also, so you can try your hand at this.

This is the second part of the Raku course, in which we will be glazing and firing the work we made in the first Saturday class. If you were not able to attend, there will be some spare pots for you to decorate. Of course you will also be taught making skills, either throwing or handbuilding a required.

By the end of the classes you will have made and decorated at least 2 items which will be fired and available to pick up after the course has finished. The class is aimed at beginners & those who have already attended classes with us before, and all are welcome no matter what your experience in ceramics is.

The aim of the classes is to learn new skills in a relaxing, informal, well-equipped studio with friends or new people. Unleash some creative energy and get hands on with the clay.

To book a place on the course, please click on the Contact "button" above.

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.


Roop has been a practising potter since 2001 having graduated from the Ceramics Degree and Postgraduate Diploma at Edinburgh College of Art. He has extensive teaching experience, including visiting lecturing at what is now UCA Farnham and Plymouth University, the Dartmoor Arts Summer School, and since 2009, at Exeter College and School of Art. He has a Certificate in Education from Plymouth University.

He has been working with his partner Alice as RAMP (Roop and Al Make Pots) since 2001 and together they have exhibited widely at craft fairs and exhibitions across the UK. They are members of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the CPA (Craftsmen Potters Association of Great Britain).

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

One day of tuition as part of the group including 1:1 help, group demonstrations and discussions. All tools, materials and firings included. Students are welcome to bring their own ideas to the course and ambition is welcomed, though there may be a further materials and firing charge, depending on scale.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits, cake) will be available and the workshop has functioning toilets and wheelchair access.

What to bring
Just yourself, clothes that you don’t mind getting messy in and an apron if you have one. Sensible shoes or boots (no open-toed sandals please).


Roop Johnstone at RAMP - Roop & Al Make Pots
Devon Applied Arts Workshop
Silverton, Exeter
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  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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