Contact Name: Lorraine Bates
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Lorraine trained at Bath Academy of Art, spent 8 years working in The Potteries in Stoke & twenty years experience as a designer maker. Woodsetton also hosts a ceramic gallery & clay & materials shop with kiln firing service. Lorraine has design & made pieces for museums & art galleries at home & abroad including the Victoria & Albert Museum. Currently designing pieces for Kelmscott Manor, the country home of William Morris & Rossetti, Keswick Museum & Art Gallery & Lapworth Museum of Geology.
Attended the day with very little experience of working with clay. Had a wonderful time and managed to complete several pots during the time. Lorraines teaching style is practical, relaxed and informative. She manages to get the balance just right between giving you possibilities of what you could do and having a go and seeing what happens. I will certainly be going again and can highly reccommend the day to anyone interested in giving ceramics a try.
Received a warm welcome from Lorraine into her spacious workshop. She clearly and patiently introduced me and two other students to different types of clay and then proceeded to show us how to hand craft pieces of our own design. Lorraine has a relaxed style which dissipates any anxiety about learning something new. Her teaching skills and knowledge first guided me into making a pottery bowl, then she showed us all how to use the potter's wheel and create lovely bowls and pots. When the time came for a break for lunch, Lorraine was very hospitable offering tea and coffee and her mum's delicious cupcakes. Her shop displays a nice variety of pieces for sale and Lorraine is happy to explain the process behind making them. I really enjoyed the day and I'm sure I'll be going back. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished pots and would definitely recommend this course.
What can I say ... after a one-day course, I was hooked! Lorraine helped me on a journey; not only of therapy and self-discovery, but a path to create amazing pottery. I attended many studio days, and each time Lorraine showed me everything I needed to know. Her teaching style is relaxed; she has in-depth knowledge, and you get unbeatable value for money - plus some! Oh, and her mom's cakes are simply delicious. Without a doubt, I can totally recommend Woodsetton Art Pottery. But don't take my word for it ... you best experience it yourself. So, if you're thinking, "Maybe I should," please do! You'll be glad you did.
I really enjoyed my day. I last experimented with clay when I was at primary school over thirty years ago so was a bit nervous but I had no need to be. Lorraine was a great teacher and explained things step by step very clearly. She is also clearly a skilful potter and was able to draw on her years of experience to help me turn even my bumpiest of pots into something beautiful! She really put me at ease. It's fair to say I was hooked by the end of day and am already wondering when I can go back again and do some more. Thank you!