After handbuilding with clay for over a year elsewhere, I thought it was time to give throwing a try. I attended my first introductory throwing course in April and I am now on my third course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the courses. I was a complete beginner and even though there was much to learn, Sophie was attentive, encouraging and explained each step with patience and humour.
Sophie is an excellent teacher. Her instructions, demonstrations and explanations are clear and informative. She is able to answer any questions and is on hand to rescue any mishaps with explanations and reasons for the mishaps. Sophie is keen for you to improve and experiment with different clays and glazes.
The Clay Room is very well stocked with tools and equipment. It is organised and spacious. There is a relaxed atmosphere and everybody is made to feel welcome.
I have grown in confidence, and the pots I have produced have certainly shown improvement. The course is fun, satisfying and the time just flies by.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my course at the clay room and have already signed up to continue. I was a complete beginner and the atmosphere was welcoming and relaxed. The teaching is excellent, with clear instruction that allows you to steadily grow in skills and confidence, while working at your own pace. Highly recommended!
I attended Sophie's Introductory Throwing Course earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. I was a complete beginner and found that although there were a fair number of steps to follow to create a piece, each was well-explained and Sophie was always available to answer questions and provide guidance.
My pieces needed to be rescued at times, and on those occasions when I lacked the skill to resolve these on my own, Sophie stepped in to help. She didn't simply get the piece back to a state I could work with it again, Sophie took the time to explain what she was doing and the reasons for this. Incredibly helpful when I worked on subsequent pieces.
The whole experience was fun, engaging, and very hands on. I enjoyed it so much that I've signed up again!
This was the perfect introductory course to throwing! Sophie is a great teacher and gives lots of guidance through each stage of throwing which helped me to understanding the importance of different movements to start to form the clay. From never having thrown before, I have come away with a range of different pots which I am very happy with! The studio was really well stocked with different clays and glazes - I will definitely be back there again.
I did two terms at a different pottery, but learnt more in 5 weeks with Sophie. She is an excellent teacher with a lot of patience. I’m doing another throwing course with her in August, then I want to continue doing general pottery in the future with some hand building and sculpture as well as throwing.
Have just completed an "Introduction to Throwing" course and learnt more in 1 week with Sophie than in 10 on a previous Adult Ed Course! Class size is small, enabling personalised tuition in a sociable environment. Sophie is an excellent teacher, breaking down techniques into manageable steps and providing timely feedback and encouragement.
I have already signed up for a second throwing course and would like to explore hand building too.
Thank you Sophie & the Clay Room
The Clay room UK provides a wide variety of ceramic courses at a very high standard. Classes are offered form a beautiful studio in Kent with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Ample parking available. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of lessons received. There is lots of space for throwing and hand building - there is also a sociable aspect to the classes where I have met so many lovely and creative people.
Sophie's ceramic expertise is second to none and she is always happy to share her knowledge. I highly recommend the Clay Room UK's classes. You don't need to have any prior knowledge of pottery etc. come and try it!
This is an excellent introduction to working with clay.
Sophie is an inspirational, knowledgeable and very patient teacher. She explains things very clearly and is friendly and engaging.
The venue is perfect for classes, well set out and organised and in a beautiful setting.
I have loved being a part of several classes now and cannot recommend Sophie and her classes too highly.
I found The Clay Room on line by chance. I attended pottery classes many years ago and was thrilled to find a local studio near Orpington where I could pick up again. Sophie is an extremely talented and skilled teacher. She runs several classes for beginners and for the experienced clay workers. She has also attended and won several accolades of her own'work. This is the best pottery class I have ever attended. Thank you Sophie.