Course Provider: Native Hands
Contact Name: Ruby Taylor
Telephone: Contact below
c/o Dernwood Farm
Course Length: 2 days
5 star rating, 8 reviewers.
On this popular 2-day course you’ll be in the woods making hand built pottery, using clay that we’ll dig from the land on the day. This course provides a thorough understanding of what’s involved in making wild pottery, and gives you a hands-on appreciation of the origins of this craft.
An exciting, elemental and alchemical process: earth, water, wood, fire- it’s all in there.
You’ll learn how to fire your pots successfully in an open fire (or a clamp kiln, depending on which course you take). It’s an exciting process to take part in and really magical to witness clay being transformed by fire.
You'll also have an introduction to fire-making without matches (using ancient percussive methods) while we keep an eye on our pots and wait for them to cool enough so they can be taken home at the end of the weekend. You never know exactly how your pots will turn out so it’s always a thrill.
The tools, equipment and technology we’ll be using are, as far as is known, the same as those used since Neolithic times, when pottery began, and well into the Bronze age.
We aim to give you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from your time, some simple and enjoyable nature connection activities are an integral part of the course. There’s a camping option so that you can make a full weekend of it. And it’s great to do these courses with friends and loved ones.
National Geographic & Toyota put us in their top 125 UK adventures. We’re featured in The Guardian, and also in the recently published 'Wild Times' guide by Bradt.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. Groups are kept small (max. 10 people) to support your learning. Mainly designed for adults but teens of 16+ are welcome if accompanied. Wild Pottery is also available as a family course.
Tutor Ruby Taylor is a qualified teacher with over 15 years experience. She is appreciated for her ability to teach the techniques of Wild Pottery with clarity, patience and humour. Her courses are popular for their relaxed and inclusive atmosphere. From both formal training and her own experimentation, Ruby has a breadth and depth of knowledge, and works mainly with hand-building techniques.
"I enjoy providing a supportive space in which others can develop their creativity and technical knowledge as well as their connection with the natural world. It's great to witness the sense of achievement and satisfaction that comes from making a basket or pot this way. I'm also inspired by seeing how people can feel deeply nourished and inspired by the whole experience of taking time out of an often busy and stressful daily life to be creative in the woods round a fire, with birdsong, creatures, wild plants and like-minded people."
What's included in the price?
All materials are provided and we always have a roaring camp fire, plenty of hot drinks, and home made cake to keep us well fueled. We also have shelter arrangements (a large tarp) in case of bad weather.
Participants bring a packed lunch to eat around the fire together.
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