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Wild pottery workshop - dig your own clay in the woods, bonfire/clamp kiln firings

Wild pottery

About the Course

On this very 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 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, we start each day with a simple and enjoyable mindfulness-based nature connection practice. There’s a camping option so that you can make a full weekend of it (not included in the price). 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 to support your learning.
AGE SUITABILITY: courses are designed for adults but teens of 16+ are welcome if accompanied.

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Tutor Ruby Taylor is a qualified teacher with over 30 years experience. She is appreciated for her ability to teach 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, including an interest in the crafts and technologies of our ancient ancestors.

"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 you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the 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 kettle on the camp fire, plenty of hot drinks, and home made cake to keep us well fuelled. We also have shelter arrangements (a large tarp) in case we need it.
Participants bring packed lunch/food to share around the fire together.


Ruby Taylor at Native Hands
c/o Dernwood Farm
East Sussex
TN21 0PN
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Children
  • Fathers Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

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It was so lovely to be able to work together communally and use our physical bodies to dig, knead, mould, sweep, build, blow, and wait! I really loved it and felt my body just relax and actually take up more space, sit more sturdily and feel more solid! It was an effect I wasn’t expecting!
Thank you so much again - for providing such a beautiful space with your energy, and for sharing these valuable crafts and techniques with us. What you do is so important.

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- - #23472

I enjoyed the workshop hugely. It was great fun, and there was a nice bunch of people. So thanks very much for making it a really interesting and enjoyable two days. I learnt a lot and had fun doing so.

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- - #23455

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.

In-person course
- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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

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- - #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.

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- - #9427

Thanks for delivering such an enjoyable Course, sharing your knowledge and skill in such a beautiful setting. Feel so inspired!!

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- - #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!

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #7423

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