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About the Course
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 in-depth 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."
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.
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 we need it.
Participants bring a packed lunch to eat around the fire together.
Thank you again for two such wonderful days of creative discovery, earthing and connectedness.
I especially appreciated your careful pacing and clear explanations of the whole process, with time also to just stop and take stock, reflect and celebrate. I just can't wait to do Level 2.
Annabel Faraday - - #15281
It was absolutely enchanting from start to finish. It wasn’t just the clay, the handling of it, the creating, the fire-making… but the magic which you imbued it all with, and the care you took. I felt very well looked-after. Your light touch, the sense-door exercise, the poem…all really moved me. You have a rare combination of gifts.
As someone who feels artistically clumsy it was wonderful to feel I achieved something creative. And that special woodland. I want to do it all over again! I’m going to recommend this to all my friends.
Jini - - #13544
Being absorbed in such a beautiful activity in a beautiful place was very enriching and exactly what I needed. Thank you for making it so.
J.B. - - #11151
Just fabulous. Fun, creative, incredibly informative (thanks to you Ruby for your hugely inspiring teaching) and in a place of such simple beauty. Way beyond all hopes, this is a treat of an experience that I shall never forget - shared with lovely lovely people
Rebecca - - #9936
A big thank you for a truly memorable weekend. We enjoyed every element of it and really appreciated your calm, present and measured delivery, that allowed us to get the most from our wild pottery experience.
Isabel and Mark - - #9427
Thanks for delivering such an enjoyable Course, sharing your knowledge and skill in such a beautiful setting. Feel so inspired!!
Carleen - - #9304
Thanks Ruby for a lovely weekend in the woods- we haven't felt that mellow on a Sunday evening for ages, we both feel like we've been on holiday!
emma - - #8711
The whole family had a fantastic weekend in the woods! I love the way you structured it. We all loved playing the games, making the faces as well as of course creating with the clay and the fires! You clearly have a lot of knowledge and experience and I am so glad that we had the chance to learn some of that.
Cara Jane - - #7426
Really, really enjoyed those two days – we all felt very refreshed and inspired. I have my little pot on my desk to remind me of the wonderful experience.
Simon - - #7425
We learned so much… yet the pace was never rushed or stressful. Each part of the process was completely engrossing and I was able to be more fully present than I usually am in my daily life in the city. It’s hard for your thoughts to wander when you’re waving a smoking nest of grass in your hand, watching it burst into flames! It all felt so sane, human and natural.
Yasmin S. - - #7424
Thank you for such a wonderful weekend of digging, potting and fire-making. We all had such a blast, and learned LOADS. Arthur practised his spark making all the way home in the car, and has continued this morning at the breakfast table… He’s going to have worn out his flint by the end of the week. We will be back again for more adventures.
Steve - - #7423
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Course Start DatesFriday 26th October 2018
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