Taster pottery throwing lesson (various dates)



This is a 2.5 hour throwing lesson on a potter’s wheel. The lesson will be tailored to the specific requests of the student/s and caters for the complete beginner upwards.

This lesson is ideal for anyone wanting to try out throwing on a potter's wheel with friends or individually.

There will be a maximum of 6 students on any one course.

There are a number of dates to pick from; please see our website for specific dates and times. If you would like to book further in advance, please get in touch and we can discuss further dates.

The cost includes firing and glazing all work produced.

If you have any queries please select the 'Chat with the Maker' button to get in touch.

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?

Refreshments will be provided.

All tools are materials are included.

You will be provided with an apron for the day.


Jack Allum at Loam.


Loam Studio
Westmark Barns
Midhurst Road, Petersfield
GU31 5AT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Fathers Day
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday


2½ hours (1:30pm to 4:00pm)

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Hannah Emerton - - #34000

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Jack was a delightful tutor and I even managed to make 3 pretty even looking pots.....rescued once or twice by Jacks skillful hands!
A great introduction to using a pottery wheel. Will definitely do some more

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Joanna Ward - - #33085

I had a very enjoyable afternoon at the Loam Studio using the pottery wheel for the first time. Jack is a a very good teacher and I was happy I completed 3 pots by the end of the lesson.

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Clair Payne - - #32800

Did an afternoon taster session and made 3 pots. Loved it! Packed a lot in to the afternoon. Jack was incredibly patient and attentive with everyone and gave very clear instruction. Would definitely try and do another. Great fun and learned a lot considering I had never been on a wheel before. Nice coffee too!

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Tracy Bryant - - #32768

I had a lovely afternoon first time ever having a go at pottery. Jack made us all feel welcomed into his studio in a lovely safe COVID friendly environment. Jack demonstrated so clearly and was on hand to help that we all managed to produce three pieces each. Can’t wait to see them when painted and glazed. Would highly recommend for first timers that fancy something different to do.

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carla piper - - #32759

Such a lovely afternoon! Jack is a wonderful teacher, he shows you the aim of the game first off and then with three opportunities to get your hands dirty, lets you loose on your wheel with lots of support and guidance.

It was such a blast and would highly recommend Loam.

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Claire - - #32751

A beautiful setting for a fantastic course! Jack is an excellent teacher and was well able to support all 6 of us with making our pots. He gave a clear demonstration of the full process which was then broken down in order for us to make our own pots. Really enjoyable and would happily do another course with Jack!

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Luke Bohanna - - #32433

I was booked into a Taster course with Jack as a birthday present back in 2019. I wasn't able to use my voucher at all in 2020 due to lockdowns but Jack was really accomodating and made sure we had a session booked in even though my voucher had expired.

I had such a great afternoon with Jack! He was extremely welcoming and made the session really enjoyable for my first ever pottery throw. He gave clear guidance throughout the whole session.

The studios are beautiful and I fully recommend anyone wanting to pottery throw to book in with Jack and Loam. A 5* experience!

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Wonderful afternoon - - #31469

We booked for a birthday surprise and she loved it. Jack was really friendly, super patient and a great host. We made three post each and it was really relaxing following the step by step instructions and creating something with your hands. Can’t wait to pick them up when they’re fired and glazed 😃

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Neelam - - #31418

I have always wanted to try pottery and the afternoon taster session was perfect. I booked the course for myself and my husband. We absolutely loved the afternoon and were pretty chuffed with our finished little pots. Jack was friendly and so patient during the session - he clearly loves his job! I would highly recommend giving it a go! We will hopefully be back at some point for other courses.

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Nicola Rees - - #31383

One pottery studio + one fantastic Jack (the tutor) + one very clumsy beginner = 3 pots!!! Yes I did and so can you. A great gift for the non-crafty person who wants to find a craft. I couldn't recommend this more highly. Brilliant!

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Sidnie Brennan - - #31382

I booked the 2.5 hour taster session as a birthday gift for my brother. We really enjoyed the session and can’t wait to return to learn more! Jack was a brilliant teacher, so calm, friendly and attentive to each student. I would highly recommend these sessions to anybody and will definitely book again myself!

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Juliet - - #31259

I would definitely recommend booking a pottery course here! I did a 2.5 hour throwing taster lesson and really enjoyed it. A great relaxed atmosphere in a bright airy studio. Jack was a patient, adept teacher and the small class size was perfect to make sure you were on track. I was happy with my cups and look forward to visiting again.

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Karin Desadeleer - - #31249

Last sat at a potter’s wheel just shy of 28 years ago and wanted to try my hand again, so my fiancé booked us in for the 2 hr taster session. Jack makes for a great tutor being highly attentive, clear in direction and wonderfully friendly. The studio is no ‘shed’ at the bottom of the garden, rather a beautiful light-filled space, perfect for detaching from the world and indulging in creative thought and focus. We were so impressed and had such a great time, we intend to sign up for the 5 day intensive course!

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Carol - - #31095

Had a thoroughly enjoyable, amazing afternoon learning how to use a pottery wheel and throwing a pot. Jack is an excellent teacher. He is friendly, patient, calm and very attentive and helpful when you need it.
I managed to make 3 pots, which I was pretty pleased with and will definitely return for another course In the future.
The surroundings and atmosphere are calm and spacious.
Thoroughly recommend Jack

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Chaneille Gaynor - - #31087

My partner and I did the 2.5 hour throwing taster session after it was recommended by a friend. After completing the session, I immediately wanted to book in for another class. Jack was a very friendly and patient teacher. From teaching us the fundamentals of throwing to how to correct any mistakes made. He was incredibly supportive and very personable. I was unsure of how much I would enjoy pottery as it was completely new to me, but after the first cup was made I was immediately hooked and this is a huge compliment to jack and his teaching style. Casual conversations whilst going through each step made for an easygoing and relaxing experience. We can’t wait to go back and make a variety of pottery!

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Janet Staniland - - #30342

Booked this back in March as a birthday present for my husband. Lockdown meant we had to postpone it but it was well worth the wait. Jack is an excellent tutor, friendly and informative. There were five of us on the course, all spread out to meet social distancing guidelines. We each produced three pots during a very absorbing and enjoyable afternoon. We'd recommend it without hesitation!

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Lou - - #30073

We absolutely loved our taster course and found Jack to be an interesting and patient instructor. He clearly has a passion for what he does which translates to the experience he provides.

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BrianGraham - - #28444

Along with a friend I attended the taster pottery throwing session. Neither of us had any experience of 'things pottery', other than at school over 50 years ago! Jack made us welcome and reassured us that zero knowledge did not mean disaster; far from it! Both of us were delighted with the end results that would not have been achieved without the patience, guidance and assistance of Jack. Instructions were clear and well demonstrated before we were let loose on a potter's wheel. The session was relaxed along with tea/coffee and chocolate brownies, what more could you ask for.

We left having made three 'pots', which are to be collected in a few weeks, with a sense of self-satisfaction and achievement that we did not know we had, but Jack showed us what was possible for the absolute beginner. We highly recommend this course because of Jack's friendly, encouraging, knowledge of pottery and his ability to bring out the 'inner potter'.

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annabel Seal - - #28084

Thoroughly enjoyed my Taster Session and only wish I could do more - but it is so popular and fully booked. Jack is a natural teacher.

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Ricky Robson - - #27407

Booked a taster class for myself and fiancée as a Christmas present as we had been talking about doing something like this for many years.

Jack has a great approach to teaching and creates an awesome learning environment, we enjoyed every moment and we’re excited to see our pieces forming shape in no time at all.
Each pot after the first got better as you get more comfortable with your new found skills.
We are coming back for more, that’s for sure!

Highly recommend giving this a pop.

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Danuta Perryer - - #26906

We had a lovely taster session at Loam Pottery. The afternoon surpassed our expectations! When Jack showed us the goal for the class (a small pot) we all scoffed at being able to produce anything like that... but with Jack's expert guidance, we all produced 3 pots that we could be proud of. Jack is very skilled at teaching the use of the potters wheel and by the third pot, we almost felt like we had completed the final piece completely independently. Thank you, Jack!

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Lisa - - #26645

I booked a morning taster with my friend Jackie, this was a first time for the both of us and we were hooked! Jack was a great teacher and had lots of patience for us newbies, he was also very subtle at making slight corrections to our pieces on the wheel so that we had some lovely pieces at the end. Can't wait to receive them soon! Thanks Jack! Hopefully we will be back again soon for a longer course!

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Greg King - - #26108

I had wanted to try pottery throwing for years, and the taster session I went to exceeded my expectations! Jack is very friendly, and a great instructor, very encouraging and importantly he makes it a really fun and relaxing experience. A fantastic way to escape our busy lives and focus on something creative and very satisfying. Also the location must be mentioned - the converted barn is beautifully done, light and spacious. And the location in the beautiful South Downs makes this an experience not to be missed!

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Paul Carabini - - #26065

My wife and I attended the afternoon beginners course. It was a really enjoyable afternoon. Jack the instructor was very personable and helpful.
He gave us all the training and support we needed and made it a fun experience.
I would definitely recommend!

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Kira - - #24410

We organised a taster course for a friends 30th Birthday and we loved it! Jack was very welcoming, friendly and patient!! Excellent teacher and I hope to be back soon!

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Tess - - #24261

My husband and I had a wonderful lesson with Jack. The setting is spectacular and all the equipment is provided. Jack is an excellent teacher and explained everything as we went along. Even after I had managed to stick my thumb into my spinning pot he just lent over and magiced it back together for me! We would highly recommend this course to anyone. Thank you Jack!

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Joe Wenman - - #24235

Excellent day with family doing a taster pottery session at Loam. I will highly recommend this day to anyone wanting a similar experience. Thanks Jack!

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Gina - - #24066

We got the taster session for a friend as a birthday present and we all enjoyed it very much and had such a nice afternoon. It was a really nice, relaxed atmosphere and Jack was so helpful and managed to correct even our wobbliest pots. He managed, don't ask me how, to have an eye on all of us and make us all feel like we can master the wheel. I would definitely recommend the taster course and I'm sure if you move on the the longer courses they will be just as great.

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Ruby - - #23944

A fantastic course, thanks so much Jack! I booked the course for me and my friend and we both had a really enjoyable time - Jack was lovely to talk to and a fab teacher. I think the course is great value for money, as a lot can be accomplished in the time even if you are a beginner. Excited to see our finished pots in a few weeks!

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Sophie Baker - - #23863

What an amazing course! Jack was very welcoming and friendly from the beginning to us all. He was there when I needed the guidance and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone. Looking for a taster in pottery? - look no further! Very excited to get my three pots in a few weeks!

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Geneveieve Glass - - #23860

Lovely venue, beautiful studio and Jack is an excellent, knowledgeable and patient teacher! Two friends and I did the 2.5 hour course for my birthday and we all had an amazing time, learned a lot, and had a laugh at the same time! Jack even provided snacks and hot drinks, and gave us all individual coaching. I loved it so much I am hoping to come back and do either the 2 day or the 10 week course. Thank you so much Jack!

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Charley price - - #22571

My husband booked me up a morning taster session to try out pottery throwing for the first time.
I absolutely loved it, what a great location to start with and just a brilliant enjoyable morning. Jack makes you feel comfortable from the start and helps you achieve a recognisable pot by the end.
I am booking up a 10 week course and so looking forward to it. Thank you.

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Bex Silvester - - #22339

A wonderful introduction to throwing a pot!
The setting is easy to find, lots of parking and beautiful inside. It's a light and airy studio with excellent facilities.
Jack has a fantastic teaching style and is obviously a very skilled potter. He took great care to explain the process and then was always on hand, with tremendous encouragement and calmness, to help when required. It is also great value for £50, with my three little pots sent on to me after firing for a small p&p fee.
I really enjoyed this taster morning and would actively encourage anyone who fancies having a go to book with Jack.
I only wish I lived closer, I'd join a ten week course in a flash!
Bex x

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Alex Raymond - - #22328

My partner and I did the private pottery throwing lesson and would 10 out of 10 recommend. Jack is incredibly hands on, patient and his style of teaching is really easy to follow. The only downside is that it went too quickly! We could have happily spent all day in the studio. Having said that we’re both so happy to have left with 3 pots each that we love which is only thanks to Jack. Will definitely be returning to do the 10 week course.

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Kerry Butler - - #22323

Fabulous workshop! We both enjoyed learning a new skill and were chuffed with what we achieved with Jack’s guidance. Jack is a great teacher and we would love to return and do some more at some point. Many thanks

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Hazel & Peter Humphreys - - #22268

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Lorna - - #22245

I thoroughly enjoyed my taster pottery session with Jack. It was really relaxing and thanks to his calm teaching I was really chuffed with the three pots that I made. Very much looking forward to starting the 10 week course!

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Julie Jones - - #22027

We had a fantastic session with Jack who was an excellent teacher. I would definitely recommend this course for a fun and creative afternoon.

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Mrs O - - #21978

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Kate Slade - - #21593

Lucy and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2.5 hr course and were very surprised and pleased with our 3 pots which turned out much better than we had thought they would!

This was due of course to our brilliant teacher, Jack, he was excellent at explaining what we had to do, patient and encouraging. Of course our natural talent played a part too!!

We are looking forward to collecting our finished products!

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to try something new especially if like me, you were surprised at your results!! Thanks Jack!

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Samantha - - #21582

We booked an afternoon taster for 4 as a birthday present for a friend and all I can say is we had a great time! We were all complete beginner's and never trying anything like this before, but under Jack's excellent guidance and tuition we all turned out some amazing pots to be proud of. It was a lovely location, a light and airy studio and we were made to feel so welcome with drinks and sweet treats. We are looking into doing the two day weekend course in the future. Would highly recommend to anyone!

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Alan Buckle - - #21536

Had a really enjoyable morning. I was a total beginner. Jack was patient and his instructions and advice were very calm and clear. He was always close by to help when things went wrong, which was not too often! Watching a pot rise before my eyes was a very satisfying experience. I am looking forward to seeing my pots glazed and finished. Will certainly do more as I enjoyed it so much. Thank you Jack and thank you Laura who gave me the course as a present.

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Laura - - #21529

We had such a great morning. Beautiful, calm setting. Fantastic, clear guidance through the whole process by Jack. Excellent refreshments. Couldn’t ask for more. Many thanks

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Lynette Woodward - - #21472

I did an afternoon taster session and am a complete beginner, having never used a potter’s wheel before. Jack is a great instructor and patiently helped throughout. I managed to throw three reasonable looking pots and would definitely try this again, something completely different! The studio itself is in a lovely location and the home made brownies were delicious.

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Julia Dean - - #21466

I booked an afternoon taster as I wanted to have a go at using a pottery wheel. I am very much a beginner but I found an excellent tutor in Jack. He was friendly, knowledgeable and both attentive and calm during the session. I was delighted to make three pots (a little wobbly) and am thinking about returning at some point for the ten week course.
I would definitely recommend!

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