Fabulous potting course. In 10 years I have never been able to master throwing, but believe the tips Jo has given me will mean I have conquered the basics at last. The location is beautiful and the food AMAZING. Thanks Jo and Sophie x
Avril James - - #16342
I had a wonderful time developing my throwing, turning and handle pulling skills here at Angels Farm. Jo is an experienced potter who is able to guide anyone in the different ceramics techniques through gentle and patient support and at different levels. The whole weekend was one of relaxation and peace in this most idyllic farm garden surrounded by an abundance of scented flowers. The bed and breakfast is clean, comfortable and offers rest and calm. The delicious breakfast and the scrumptious lunch was punctuated by freshly brewed tea and coffee and home baked cakes and biscuits throughout the day. Jo and her team made everyone feel relaxed and welcome. A real slow down from the outside world but an energising pottery experience. I have already booked myself in on another weekend treat in near future. Thank you. Lene
Lene Ryden - - #15352
Really enjoyed a 2-day course with Jo & Sophie - they're lovely, talented and very patient. Great to have a wheel each and to create some unique pots. I would recommend that anyone who goes on the 2-day course does try to finish their thrown pots on the first day (even if you stay a bit longer that day), as otherwise they won't be ready for trimming etc. Penny's lunch was lovely too - didn't expect 3 courses! Remember that it will take around 8 weeks til you pick up your finished pots. May be back at some point for another course!
E J - - #13170
Had a great day trying out throwing and slab building with Jo. She was attentive and encouraging and really made the day very enjoyable. I can't wait to practise some of the techniques I learned and hope to come back to Jo's workshop soon! Thank very much for the experience, that amazing home made lunch and the friendly environment x
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My husband and I had a wonderful day with Jo. Beautiful setting, excellent and knowledgeable instruction, delicious homemade food. Over all a really relaxing and fun day. Jo is patient and kind, making it a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. We were really pleased with how our pots turned out and looking forward to picking them up after the final firing.
Claire - - #9426
What a lovely time we had - we stayed in Jo's beautiful cottage as B & B guests and were waited on by her lovely family. We relaxed and enjoyed her garden and the Yurt, but best of all we spent the whole day in the Potting Shed (hardly a shed - a perfectly proportioned classroom!). Jo is a very quiet tutor but with wonderful experience, she answered any questions we threw at her and encouraged us with our throwing, helping us hands on if our pots didn't quite go the way we'd planned! Jo demonstrated different techniques and let us 'go our own way' if we wanted to. It was a perfect way to 'wind down' and relax (oh and get very very messy - well that was me anyway) . Booking the course was easy and paying simple too. I'm hoping to return in the not too distant future. If it was closer I'd be there every week.
Lynda Adami - - #9323
A delightful day learning a lot about throwing a pot, thumb pots and the complexities of working with Clay. Our instructor obviously knows her stuff and helped keep the day productive and interesting. coming away with the desire to do more speaks for its self. Not only was the potting fun but the tea breaks and lunch were scrumptious. Highly recommend
Martin Weller - - #9166
I have just come home from my first full day potting, though have done some of Jo's evening classes in the past. The big difference today being that the small (max of 6) class means you can really get to grips with the all important centering and can concentrate on throwing one prepped perfect ball of clay after another. Jo is an intuitive dyed in the wool potter. Her depth of experience and knowledge is inspiring - she can fix anything! She passes her skills on by demonstration, a prompt here and there and is on call whenever you need a bit if additional help.
What a productive day we've all had. Throwing in the morning, our table of pots drying in the sunny, rose filled garden over lunch of homemade quiche, local beef, and Jo's legendary blackberry sorbet. So we could turn the potts/ mugs/ vases and bowls in the afternoon, learn how to decorate tiles with slip and enjoy birthday cake that Lyndsey whipped up for Andy's special birthday - his wife had booked the course as a surprise present. With wood turning skills he transferred his meticulous eye to pottery rather too easily for my liking! A great day, enjoyed by all.
Penny Rapson - - #9009
Having spent many years being interested in studio potters' work but never before tried it myself, I found the 2 day course incredibly interesting and absorbing. Jo's teaching was brilliant - calm and well balanced, providing help when needed but letting us work at our own pace, and we all managed to produce at least half a dozen pieces that we were really pleased with. We covered throwing on the wheel, hand/coil building, turning, slab building and various decorating/glazing techniques. The biscuits and lunches were delicious! The studio has masses of inspirational pots by Jo and her students and it is a lovely environment. I came away with my head full of potential projects for another day and could not have had a better teacher or a more enjoyable weekend.
Charlotte Spender - - #8469
My wife and I went on the residential weekend, we are complete beginners with no experience at all. We absolutely loved it! Saturday morning after a lovely cooked breakfast we went into the pottery and within 10 minutes we were all our own wheels throwing clay!! After a 3 course lunch we did coiling, although you could carry on throwing if you wanted.
Sunday morning we turned our pots that had spent the night drying, and after another gorgeous lunch, we decorated and glazed our items. Jo will fire them and post the finished articles back to us. Assuming they survive the kiln we have 9 pieces each which we are amazed at!
Jo and her family are really warm and friendly and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived to the second we begrudgingly left! The food is amazing and you are kept topped up with tea, coffee, home made biscuits and home made cakes.
We had a great time and cannot recommend highly enough.
Angie Wakefield - - #8441
Fantastic pottery coaching, that is welcoming, inspiring, friendly and cosy, set in an idyllic cottage garden.
One and a half years after I started attending the Pottery Slow Down week-night course, I still love this studio as much as the first day I attended. The classes are kept small so that you're able to get a good amount of 1:1 coaching. After a hectic week in the office, the pottery is a calm and relaxed environment where you can focus on being creative and I always leave with a sense of achievement and a warm glow.
Jo is a very experienced potter and it shows in the breadth of knowledge that she has for techniques and in the passion with which she discusses pottery. She is very patient, taking time to show you each technique you require to achieve your desired project. What I love most about her coaching is that when you come up with a new idea she gets really excited and is always really keen to help you work out how to realise your idea.
Perhaps the best recommendation is that I never feel like my Thursday evening classes are enough, so when ever I have a free Saturday I go along to the Saturday full-day sessions as well. I've also taken several friends and family members along and without exception, they've really enjoyed their day.
> Good, personalised, teaching
> Variety of materials and techniques available to use (different clay types, slips, glazes, wheels, coil pots, slab pots, tiles, sculpting, to name but a few)
> Lots of wheels (4 between 7 students - I only can last 3 hours on the wheel max, so you don't need one for every student).
> Space for you to create your own projects, there is no program to follow, so you create something unique and Jo will personal her tuition.
> Jo's home-made biscuits!
Who I think this weekend course would be good for:
> Beginner potters looking for a first try at pottery, or intermediate potters wanting space and to create their own ceramics and receive coaching.
> Groups of friends or family looking for a creative cottage retreat in the countryside
I would suggest coming to the pottery with a few ideas so that you can get stuck in straight away. But don't worry if you're unsure of what to make, there are always loads of beautiful pots in various stages of creation dotted around the studio to inspire.
Hannah Salter - - #6610