A fantastic course!
I bought this as a Christmas present for my wife in 2020 and took us until August to finally go due to the Pandemic. My wife has wanted to try making some pottery for sometime after watching the Great Pottery Throw down so this seemed like the perfect gift (and we weren't disappointed)
Chris sent plenty of information about how to prepare for the course and also information on the extra COVID precautions taken place. When we arrived we were offered a warm drink and shown through to the workshop. Chris then walked us through all the safety information and gave a quick but detailed demo on how to make a few different shapes. It sounded quite difficult at first, though Chris made it sound easy, and when it came to our turn to have a go he walked us through each step again before letting us get on with it.
We ended up with a few pots and bowls which we then decorated using a variety of techniques before leaving them to dry with collection / delivery to be arranged in a few weeks time. The time flew by and we both found the experience very fun and relaxing. I would recommend this to anyone and would seriously consider doing another one of the courses on offer.
Thank you Chris for a lovely morning, and we're very excited to see how our pots turn out.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Hi Richard,
Oh my goodness - this was so much fun! Chris is such a lovely chap and such a good teacher. I suspected that this would be a laugh but possibly a bit disastrous. But with Chris’ guidance, we each ended up with a few very respectable dishes - though we will have to wait a couple of weeks now to see if they make it through the firing!
I had some ideas in mind that I had emailed to Chris in advance and he had taken the time to think about how to achieve what I was after and come up with some great ideas.
I wholeheartedly recommend taking the workshop if you are in the area.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Hi Hazel,
A really enjoyable 1 1/2 hours. Chris was excellent at showing and telling us what to do to make tapas dishes. A friendly chap, with a well stocked studio, he made it look so easy. At the end of the lesson we’d both made 3 or 4 dishes each.....and had glazed them too. I recommend that anyone should have a go...it’s great fun, and quite therapeutic once you get the hang of it. Looking forward to collecting the fruits of our labour in a few weeks time :)
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Hi Nigel,
I really enjoyed my pottery class, I haven’t worked with clay since school but I remembered loving it. Was the first time I used a wheel but Chris was so patient teaching me the steps. Was such a peaceful and relaxing experience. I’m so pleased with my pieces. Definitely would love to learn more. Thank you Chris
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks for the lovely review Paula - really pleased that you enjoyed the experience and the pots you made - they really are nice.
Thoroughly recommend a pottery class with Chris. His calm, patient and clear instructions meant that even I , as an absolute beginner, was able to produce some beautiful pieces that I am very proud of.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks for the lovely review Sandra. It was a great session and you did make some lovely pots!
Being a novice, I was not sure what I would achieve in 1 1/2 hrs, but with encouragement and guidance from Chris I made 4 different pots of varying sizes, and they didn't fall over!!
Excellent tuition throughout. Can't wait to see the final results.
Many thanks Chris
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks for the kind comments David.
What an amazing teacher and wonderful course. Chris is just brilliant, he made the course so enjoyable and his teaching technique was easy follow and made you feel empowered. For someone with no previous experience I came away on a high and something I and my friend want pursue. The surroundings are so professional and everything to accommodate COVID was in place and explained, the set up made easy and safe at all times. Chris and his course are amazing. Loved it!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Eileen for such a positive review, it is greatly appreciated. It was a really fun session, lots of chat and jokes but also some great pots made; which are also the precursor to more grand things by yourself and Jen in your studio - I look forward to seeing future results!
We had an excellent one-day course with Chris last month. He was a brilliant teacher, encouraging us to develop and improve our pottery skills, and to try out new approaches too. Chris explained things really clearly and carefully and also gave demonstrations of various throwing and decorating techniques. After the morning session we had a delicious lunch in the garden and then spent the afternoon working on creating more pots and using slip to decorate them. The whole day was thoroughly enjoyable and we hope to return again soon. Many thanks!
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Becky for the positive review - it was a great day. Always nice to run a full day allowing those with existing pottery skills to have some dedicated time on a wheel and developing those skills further. Even better when it's possible to introduce some new techniques such as slip decorating.
Booked this for me and my mum for her birthday. Neither of us really knew what to expect but Chris was so welcoming and friendly, and above all patient while teaching us how to use the pottery wheel. Communication was excellent throughout the booking process, and it all felt incredibly safe and mindful of COVID guidelines during the lesson. Really enjoyed the experience - actually coming home with several lovely, useable pots was a bonus! Would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a bit of an unusual afternoon treat.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Hi Natalia,
The course was fantastic. Everything very well set up and prepared, excellent clear and patient instruction with lots of encouragement and great facilities. We were a family of three and everyone loved the experience and we were all really pleased with our pots! Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks for the lovely review Jackie - it's lovely to know you all enjoyed the course so much - and you've still got the excitement to come of seeing your fantastic pots!
I bought this course as a present for my girlfriend's birthday - safe to say, we both loved it!
As true beginners, this course was perfect. Chris is clearly extremely knowledgeable and a very good tutor. Chris gave fab hints and tips throughout the pot-making process, while still allowing us to keep the pots looking like our own - a tad wonky :P
With Chris' help we were able to pick it up very quickly and come away having made and decorated a succession of fantastic looking bowls, which we can't wait to pick up and display with pride in the coming weeks!
The social distancing/PPE guidance and measures put in place by Chris were more than adequate and allowed us both to enjoy the evening without concern.
Bonus points, we stumbled across a fellow geologist!!!
Thanks again, Chris, for a fabulous evening - we will certainly be returning!
Dan & Charlotte :)
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Hi Dan & Charlotte.
Chris makes the course relaxing and enjoyable giving clear instructions and help and advice in a friendly and positive way. You get to make a number of things and decorate them. Great fun and a feeling that you have achieved something.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Miles. Lovely few hours exploring clay and what it has to offer. One or two of them may offer themselves up for eating your honey out of! Best wishes, Chris.
Bought as a present for my mum, we both loved it and were able to learn some of the basics while creating and decorating some pretty pots, lovely workshop, friendly and attentive guy, would recommend to anyone. Thanks again Chris
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Gabriel - really good, fun session. The espresso mugs and tapas bowls are making their way through the two firings and will be ready to enjoy soon.
As first time potters we thoroughly enjoyed our time with Chris and what a great teacher he is!
We managed to produce 6 pots between us that we shall display with pride.
Many thanks Chris.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Some great work made - always lovely to see people enjoying their first experience of pottery. Many thanks for the kind words.
What a lovely day making pottery for the first time! Chris was a great teacher and we could all add our own creative touch to each pot. The steps involved are so interesting and it was so much fun using the wheel and decorating our pots! I will definitely be returning and I’ll be bringing friends too. Thanks so much Chris!
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Hi Megan - many thanks for the kind comments. Some great pots made and decorated and will be out of the kiln in about 3 weeks.
Had a brilliant time with Chris, learning the basics of pottery. The explanations were very clear and Chris was very patient! We also learnt how to decorate what we had made which was a lot of fun. It was really interesting finding out about the different techniques and I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Bethan. The tapas dishes were fantastic and drying nicely on the shelf. They'll be ready for that tapas party in 3 weeks! best wishes, Chris.
Went for a birthday surprise and it did not disappoint.
It was a really wonderful and honest experience. Chris was incredibly patient and kind and we will both treasure our pots that we made forever. Would highly recommend this gorgeous adventure.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Lesley-Anne for the lovely review. It was a really great session - you both immersed yourselves in the throwing and decorating process, which is always nice and some great pots came out of the kiln.
Had a great afternoon with Chris, potting again after a 30 Yr gap! Surprised that I still had a feel for the clay, but needed Chris' expert guidance to get the best from it.
Collecting pots soon, so looking forward to seeing the results.
Good value, and a fun afternoon!
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Bill.
Chris was really knowledgable and very friendly. It was great to see from a lump of clay how easy it is to form into something handmade! It would have been great to have had a little longer as the decorating felt a bit rushed.
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks for the review Claire. The pots were lovely and just right for that tapas and nibbles evening! Best wishes, Chris.
We had a day with Chris and Sarah; pottery in the morning and glass fusion in the afternoon with a lovely lunch in the middle. Really great day and very highly recommended. Thanks both... We had such a great time. Looking forward to picking up all of our "stuff" in a few weeks 😁😁
Response from Chris Greening Pottery:Many thanks Karen - I was very impressed how you and Stuart grasped the fundamentals and produced both technically and decoratively really nice pieces - I suspect there will be a very colourful tapas evening soon?! Best wishes, Chris.