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About the Course
All levels from beginner to experienced are very welcome at the studio. We teach various aspects of ceramics from hand building, sculpture, throwing on the wheel, and a range of decorating and glazing techniques. This is to ensure that everybody is able to experience all methods and will be rewarded by taking some beautifully hand-built and designed pieces away with them at the end of the course.
There are always two teachers present per class to give plenty of personal attention. The classes run in blocks, which work around school holidays, providing morning, afternoon and evening sessions.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The cost of all courses includes teaching, tools, equipment, studio space and refreshments.
My big treat of the week is my weekly afternoon class at The Clay Studio. After almost a term I have learned a massive amount already - and am undertaking a very large coil pot as my first big project already. I have made slab pots, thumb pots, slipped and glazed. The knowledge, gentle nudging and humour of the teaching team is fabulous. I have just booked onto one of their specific throwing weekend workshops too and am very excited about trying another new technique. I feel I am in expert hands and am loving every minute!
Kate Malone - - #20493
I love my Thursday evenings at The Clay Studio, and really look forward to it each week. The studio space is really well-thought out and equipped and there are great glaze and slip colours to choose from. Everyone is friendly and it has a relaxed atmosphere. You can go at your own pace, try the projects offered each term and get plenty of inspiration from all the wonderful pieces on display around the studio. Thoroughly recommended.
Natalie Seal - - #20102
I am just starting my third year at The Clay Studio and I wouldn't miss my Thursday morning class for anything. It is a wonderful place to let your creativity take flight with the steadying hands and guidance of the ever present friendly professional potters to teach, advise and encourage. With this very well equipped studio and the friendly and creative atmosphere I cannot recommend The Clay Studio more highly to both beginners and more experienced potters.
victoria wigan - - #20084
So good! The studio is incredibly well stocked with everything possible to create your pottery. But almost more important, the atmosphere and quality of the teaching is what makes the studio exceptional. From a complete novice I have found the freedom to be far more creative than I would ever have thought possible!
Jennifer Grant - - #19992
A wonderful environment to be creative .
The studio is always filled with inspiring pictures and work that sparks another idea for me .
The tutors are unfailingly supportive and patient.
The studio is very well equipped and there are so many different techniques to try out .
I look forward to the class as a highlight of my week. The setting of the studio amongst the countryside is calming and beautiful .
ZAD - - #19812
The Clay Studio is a fantastic, friendly, and very creative environment. Well equipped, with lovely tutors who stop at nothing in helping you, and giving you advice and guidance whenever needed. This is a really wonderful place, with very knowledgeable tutors who are meticulous in attending to each potter and the work produced. They seem to have the gift of understanding all the 'pupils', and are a real joy to spend time with.
Nicky Bagge - - #19804
This is the best pottery I've ever been to. There is a much or as little guidance as you would like to have ...if you prefer to work on your own projects ,you can ,but if you'd like teaching that is also available. New ideas are given each term and we are then encouraged to personalise and develop those in our own work. There is a very friendly ,sociable atmosphere with drinks and often snacks offered , but if you prefer to work quietly on your own ,that is OK too . I can't recommend The Clay Studio highly enough . It is a sanity saver at the end of a busy day and I always leave the class feeling that the world is a nicer place than when i arrived !
CJG - - #19793
I love classes at the Clay Studio. Monday mornings are my favourite time of the week - what could be better than feeling inspired with like-minded, friendly people in a beautiful setting? The tutors are knowledgeable and always have time for you.
Jo McCarthy - - #19788
This is a beautiful, well equipped studio. The teaching is excellent. I am thoroughly enjoying this course
Deryn Bell - - #19785
I am really enjoying my 2nd term at The Clay Studio. There is a theme each term but it is loose enough to allow everyone to be creative in their own way - using the wheel or hand building, using different clays & experimenting with different glazing techniques. The teachers are always on hand to give advice and encouragement. It is fabulous seeing how talented & creative people are - the atmosphere is friendly & relaxed & never prescriptive or intimidating.
Susannah - - #19784
I attended a weekly Thursday evening class during 2017. I enjoyed the class very much. I had done some pottery previously but was rusty when I started. I was well supported by the teachers in making a teapot in the shape of a cyclist, as well as a wall hanging and other hand-built items.
The studio is well stocked and has a nice welcoming atmosphere for people of all abilities.
Mark Sewell - - #19778
Response from The Clay Studio:Thank you for your review. Your teapot was memorable!
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