Taster pottery wheel throwing sessions at Woodsetton Art Pottery near Wolverhampton, Dudley West Midlands

Woodsetton Victorian Walled Garden Studio, Throwing and And building workshop.


We look forward to welcoming you Woodsetton At Pottery, established 1986.
Please note that although dates are marked as available; before you book, please click the “chat with the maker” to see if your required date is available for the number in your party.
We are flexible on dates and we have morning and afternoon sessions accommodating anything from sessions for single people up to twelve sharing 6 wheels. Therefore before booking, make sure we can accommodate your party safely please get in contact with the potters at Woodsetton with the following details:
1. Number in your party and whether you need to be socially spaced in order that we can accommodate you safely.
2. Your preferred date.

Day and evening courses, taster sessions at Woodsetton Art Pottery, West Midlands.
We are delighted to say that our covid safety protocols have been reviewed and accepted by our local trading standards health and safety department.

We are Woodsetton Art Pottery established 1986. We are in The Black Country right on the Eastern edge of South Staffordshire and Shropshire.
Do feel free to look us up online to judge our credentials as pottery makers and see the pots we make and as inspiration for your day.

Allow up to 2 hours for your visit.
People of any age can throw up to about 6 pots on their own wheel in a fun hour at the wheel.
The remaining time is taken up with demonstrations by the potter and finishing (spouts on jugs for example) and learning how to preserve your favourite pot at home.
All tools and clay included, just bring an apron.

Weekend or weekday options as per availability. All the family/bubbles will enjoy this opportunity on our six adjustable wheels (please enquire several are wheelchair accessible)
In addition you can opt to have any or all of your pots expertly dried, finished and turned, bisque fired, glazed in your choice of colour and then fired again to stoneware temperature to make them oven/microwave/dishwasher/garden proof to last a life time. This extra service is charged at £5 per item to cover the time taken by the potters.
Complementary refreshments of tea/fruit tea/green and black teas/coffee/hot chocolate are on hand.
Safe free parking

Your tutor Lorraine, a graduate of Ceramics from Bath Academy of Art, with post graduate teaching qualification and full DBS check.
She has worked in as a production thrower in a Black Country factory, at a company in Stoke and for the last 20 years as a degree lecturer and award winning designer maker, for numerous customers including the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Enquire about full course information and booking details including discount packages, exclusive workshops for your group, Children and returning students.
Children of 15 and below accompanied by a full paying adult are charged at half the adult hourly rate.

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 clay you need to throw as many pots as you like.
Use of your own adjustable wheel (including wheelchair accessible).
Expert tuition from postgraduate trained teacher and potter of 30 years.
Complementary hot drinks while you work.


Lorraine Bates at Woodsetton Art Pottery


159 Tipton Road
West Midlands

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Jane Dodge - - #34874

There were four of us on a two hour afternoon tasting session and we had a great time. Lorraine was very hands on and we all came away with at least 4 pots each! Very satisfying and would recommend if you just want to have a go at throwing a pot.

In-person course
Toby - - #33927

Booked in for a taster pottery wheel throwing session and had an excellent time. Had no experience with pottery and no idea what to expect. Lorraine was very friendly and a great teacher. Gave use a short but useful demonstration and then allowed us to get straight into it, giving us plenty of time to have a go ourselves.

Have recommend to family and friends and look forward to returning to see how our pottery turns out after being professionally finished by Lorraine.

In-person course
Sue Whittaker - - #30002

I took part in the one-day wheel course. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day; Lorraine is an excellent teacher, and the social-distancing arrangements and care for our safety were very good. It was a well-paced day, with time to try throwing, turning and decorating, all under Lorraine's expert eye. A lovely, refreshing treat; I would highly recommend it.

Response from Woodsetton Art Pottery:

Thank you Sue,
See you in a few weeks with your dishwasher/microwave proof pots!

In-person course
Jon Goode - - #29529

Attended a taster course, Lorraine was very welcoming upon our arrival and showed us around. She was very informative and once we was shown what to do was left to have a go ourselves with Lorraine offering help and support when needed. It was a fun, friendly and relaxing atmosphere and would definitely recommend a visit.. will be visiting again.

In-person course
Cora Gartland - - #22467

I recently attended a free short workshop on the Hey Clay day with my children. We really enjoyed the session, Lorraine was very helpful and patient. We came away inspired to try more!

Response from Woodsetton Art Pottery:

Many thanks for the great review. Follow me on Instagram or Twitter to hear about more open for all ages and new evening courses coming up etc. Best regards Lorraine

In-person course
Rasa - - #22243

Very enjoyable and informative - was a great experience. Very satisfied

In-person course
Sarah Rogers - - #22178

Lorraine is a great teacher and the pottery is set up well to accommodate a group. It doesn't matter if there are mixed abilities as Lorraine caters for each person, supporting them as needed. Her demonstrations are clear and helpful - you learn what to do but also why each step is needed and where common problems arise.
I have been twice and found each workshop to be great fun, relaxing and very satisfying, starting from little experience and building up to a point where I have a collection of pots including a mug and jug that can be used daily. I would highly recommend the course.
I also took my children to a free short workshop on the Hey Clay day - they were delighted to learn how to throw a pot and had two each by the end.

Response from Woodsetton Art Pottery:

Many thanks for the review a pleasure to see you as always.

In-person course
Alyson Burton - - #15510

Excellent course and, as a complete novice, I learnt so much. A really enjoyable, relaxed day with fabulous tuition. Lorraine made us very welcome and was a fantastic teacher, helping us all achieve lovely end products. There were enough wheels for us all to use them at the same time and a very generous allowance of clay. I can’t wait to do another session and plan to return again soon.

In-person course
Jenna - - #10460

What a fantastic day! Really should be considered as a local hidden gem! I would urge anyone creative to go visit the studio shop, which is full of wonderful things, as well as booking yourself onto a course! Lorraine is a fountain of knowledge and supports all on the workshop with the highest level of skill. Both Lorraine and her mum were very welcoming, helpful and friendly from initial booking right up to the end of the day. I am looking forward to booking another course early next year to do some Raku firings! :) Thanks Lorraine!

In-person course
Sara Herron - - #5958

A very enjoyable, productive day. I have some experience at the wheel but wanted to get to grips with some fundamentals that I felt were inhibiting my learning. Lorraine was great at gauging the level of assistance required and establishing the balance between practical and theory with a mixed ability group. It was really helpful to understand the behaviour of the clay and why certain techniques work, or don't. I would definitely recommend the course and look forward to going back to further my understanding of throwing, firing and glazing.

In-person course
Jane Findlay - - #5881

A fantastic day. Lorraine is an excellent teacher, she taught both beginners and experienced students in the same class. I am a complete beginner and was surprised how well we all did. There were five of us on the course and we were able to spend time at the wheel or try our hand at working with moulds.

It is a very satisfying course as Lorriane guides you through each step clearly explaining the techniques, she lets you get on with it and experiment so it's really hands on. Lorraine continually circulates around the students spending equal amounts of time with each of us. With her help on hand all my pots turned out well.

With good facilities and great cake I can highly recommend the course. Great day away from the office!

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