This 2 person pottery session is fantastic. We spent the morning throwing our pots. We had four attempts at them on the wheel. It's well worth doing a one to one/ two person session because you pick so much more up than woth a large groul. Rowena is a brilliant teacher. There's always the concern with these courses that it might take a 'create what you feel' approach but Rowena explained the technique perfectly and we could see improvement in our pots as we went along. We really felt we had learnt something. In the afternoon we made a dish in a mould which gave us the opportunity to paint and decorate and get a bit creative. Rowena is going to glaze our pots and we'll pick them up in a month or so. This course is definitely well worth it, can't recommend it enough if you are looking at trying some pottery.
Perfect way to exit lockdown.
I was very new to throwing and Rowena was the perfect teacher. Her enthusiasm and knowledge was infectious. She was patient and provided so much insight into how different techniques are used without it being overwhelming. Not only that she was able to adapt techniques suit me.
I saw so much progression in the lesson from starting by making a small olive bowl through to a vase by the end of it.
Definitely recommend this to anyone starting out in the clay world and also people with years of experience. A day full of laughter and one you can take at your own pace. I will most certainly be back.
I did Rowena's one day course with my mum last month. We had such a lovely day. I was surprised by how much we managed to do in one session and we both got to make three pots on the wheel and another using a mold. Rowena was a great teacher and we had fun learning various techniques. We were both very pleased with our finished pots. I would definitely recommend this course as a excellent taster.
This was my first experience at throwing pots and Rowena was brilliant at teaching me the process from start to finish. She guided me through all of the basic techniques and I was thrilled that I managed to produce a good range of pots during the day. Rowena is an excellent teacher, her depth and breadth of knowledge gave me a superb insight into the pottery world. Needless to say, I am now hooked and will be continuing on my pottery journey of discovery. If you are looking for an idea for a ‘Staycation’ (or should that be ‘Claycation’) activity then I can highly recommend booking one of Rowena’s courses.
Lots of practice in throwing opportunities with useful tips.
Throwing pots with Rowena was so good that I went back for a second session. She is a really good teacher, explains things clearly, helps correct your technique and wobbly disasters in a friendly easy going way. What's especially nice is that she frequently checks that her way of explaining things works for you and adapts that style to suit you. My confidence grew really quickly, and I felt like I was making real progress. She has some lovely pottery on display with beautiful glazes. Can't wait to see how my pots have turned out after they've been fired. This has been a truly worthwhile experience. Thank you Rowena.
Response from Paddock Studio Pottery:Thankyou so much Brian for taking the time to write a positive review.Glad you enjoyed the making of more bowls.I'll be in touch when they are fired.Thanks again .Rowena
We booked a day pottery course with Rowena as our Christmas present to each other and couldn’t recommend it more! We loved how we got straight into throwing bowls as soon as we arrived and Rowena is a fantastic (and patient!) teacher. We spent the last few hours of the day making tiles and platters which is something that I have always wanted to do, and it was so interesting learning about all the coloured slips! We live locally so decided to come back and glaze our items which was so much fun, I’m so excited to see how they all turn out! Thanks so much Rowena!
I was given Rowena's 3 day pottery course for my 30th birthday this year, and it was absolutely amazing. Rowena really knows her stuff and I felt like I learnt so much from her. She was patient and also gave me the freedom to give things a go, and the 3 days flew by. I loved every part of the course and would love to find a way to continue learning with Rowena in the future. I was really happy with how many different pieces I got to make and wouldn't hesitate in recommending Rowena and her courses to anyone.
I had a fantastic day in Rowena's studio on a one-to-one day course. I hadn't done any pottery for nearly 20 years and had never used a wheel, but Rowena is very patient, encouraging and great at explaining what to do (and giving a helping hand when needed!). I made 3 small bowls on the wheel and then spent the afternoon decorating a bowl. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to booking another day to practise the skills I learned.
My daughter and I had a brilliant two hour session with Rowena, both using a wheel to produce a couple of pots. It was great to have detailed tuition from such an expert. Rowena gave a very clear demonstration and helped us every step of the way as we attempted our first pots on a wheel. Rowena was very encouraging and made us both feel relaxed and welcome. We each produced two pots within the session and were able to choose a glaze which Rowena will put on before she fires them. I would definitely recommend the course to others. we would forward to collecting our pots once they have completed the drying out and firing process.
I cannot recommend Rowena highly enough. I had a three-day, one-to-one course with her. I’d only done pottery at evening classes about twenty years ago and had no experience of using the wheel. I learnt to make bowls, dishes, a jug and several mugs with her expert tuition. She is so patient, such a good teacher and great company too. I’m hoping to go back for a day or two soon as enjoyed it so much.
My friend and I had such a great day with Rowena! She was incredibly patient and very informative. She guided us brilliantly but let us experiment with our own Ideas on which shapes to throw/what to make. We were left with a number of pieces we were really pleased with. We also had a real laugh with her; the atmosphere in the studio is really relaxed and fun. I'll definitely be back!
I had a fabulous day with Rowena learning to throw pots, the course was informative and hands on taught in a warm, friendly and patient manner. I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and watching and learning from a talented artist. I am thrilled with the pots I managed to throw under Rowena’s guidance.
I did a two day one to one throwing course with Rowena. It was fantastic. I learnt a huge amount and because I had two days with her we not only covered making various shapes but had time to turn some bowls and make some handles. Highly recommend it for beginners or those wanting to become more proficient.
If, like me, you become ill and want to re-schedule she throws the cancellation policy at you and you forfeit the whole lot.
So don't get ill!!!!!
Response from Paddock Studio Pottery:To all customers,
My mum bought me the day course with Rowena for my birthday. We stayed in lewes over night and the day in the pottery.
I couldn't recommend rowena enough i learnt how to throw where step by step made 4 bowls in the morning. Mum found she couldnt use the wheel so Rowena taught her how to do a coil pot.
She is an amazing teacher, very easy to talk to makes you feel comfortable.
Myself and mum could sing rowenas praises and will think of another trip next year. I cant thank you enough rowena. :0)
We did a 1 day course with Rowena - one of us a complete novice and the other with a CSE in Ceramics from a long time ago! Neither of us had ever thrown a pot or used a pottery wheel before. Rowena demonstrated how to use the wheel and then guided each of us patiently through our first bowl. She is a very encouraging and patient teacher and gets the most out of students via praise! She achieves the perfect balance between providing enough support but also encouraging independence and confidence. With her support and many instances of her 'saving' our efforts we produced 4 bowls each. In the afternoon we made and decorated tiles and a bowl which was also good fun. A really great and inspiring day. We would totally recommend Rowena to anyone wanting to have a go. Also just a great day out and escape from it all. We will definitely be returning to see if we can build on our efforts. Thank you Rowena
I completed a 4 day one on one course with Rowena last week, and I could not have been happier. Rowena laid out a 4 day plan based on my skill set (10 months experience at night classes).
I cannot believe how much I have advanced in the 4 days. Having someone critically advising the things that you're doing wrong, made such a difference.
Within my week, I made straight sided vessels with lids, vases, mugs with handles and plates.
Lids and handles were never my forte, but I feel more confident in attempting now.
I cannot recommend enough, any number of hours or days with Rowena if you want to advance your existing throwing skills or just beginning.
Wonderful company and atmosphere. Just do it!
We had an amazing day learning to throw and decorate pots with Rowena. She is an excellent teacher and communicator and we felt well supported by her all day. She is also a lovely lady who we enjoyed spending the day with too!
We absolutely loved the experience of throwing and couldn't believe how much we learned so quickly. We made some lovely bowls and look forward to using these at home in the future. In the afternoon we also had the opportunity to make a plate using a mould and decorated this using the slip & decorative method of our own choosing.
Thank you Rowena for a brilliant day. We hope to return again in the future.
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our day course with Rowena. She is a really good teacher and we were surprised that we were able to throw five pots each. The decorative work in the afternoon was fun too. The day passed very quickly. Lewes is an interesting town and there are plenty of places to get lunch. I would definitely recommend this course