FAQs - Pottery Making, Wheel Throwing & Taster Workshops

FAQs- Pottery Making, including Hand Building, Wheel Throwing & Taster Workshops

I'm a beginner, can I join making course or workshop?

Yes! Our courses and workshops are suitable for both complete beginners or intermediate level makers. Our sessions are structured so that each week focuses on a different technique, but we also place a lot of emphasis on time for practice and experimenting with clay. The pace of the course is entirely down to you as we are able to adapt whether you are a beginner, have had some practice in the past or are an intermediate maker.

Do you provide materials and tools?

We will provide all materials, including earthenware clay, glaze, kiln use and students will have access to our full range of tools and glazes.

What can I make?

Hand building: You can make anything from small trinket dishes to mugs, bowls or even vases. The possibilities are endless!

Wheel Throwing: If you are a beginner you will be able to make small bowls, cylinders, pots or even mugs.

2 Hour Tasters: Depending on the theme of the evening and whether it is wheel or hand building, you can usually expect to make mugs, pots, bowls, candle holders or trinket dishes.

For our 6 week courses, the glazing and firing of up to 8 pieces is included in the price of this course.

For our 2 hour taster workshops, the glazing and firing of one piece is included in the price.  We charge an extra £5 per pot.  

What shall I wear?

Pottery making is messy - especially on the wheel. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. If you like you can bring your own apron, however we also have some in the studio. 

If you can bear it, please trim your nails, otherwise long nails will get in the way and mark the clay.

Sustainability

We try our best to avoid waste and the over-use of unsustainable materials at our studio. We encourage you to join us in this philosophy, so we have a few suggestions stated below.

 -Look after the clay during sessions and keep any unused clay always wrapped in plastic so it does not dry out.

- When returning to collect your completed pieces, please bring any boxes, newspaper or bubble wrap that you may have lying around at home to transport your pottery safely. Tea towels or bath towels also work a treat to protect your work during travel! We also have packaging, but it also helps if you bring extra protection for your creations.

- We try to recycle as much of our clay as possible, so any pieces that don't work out and you don't want to be fired will go into our recycling bucket to be wedged for later use.

- We try to recycle as much clay water as possible and do everything we can to avoid any clay or glaze going down our sinks. For this reason, we ask you to help us by using the big clay bins on site for you to rinse the bulk of your equipment and tools.

What if I miss a class?

There are opportunities to attend a make up session, speak to your teacher to arrange a suitable day. Please note: Students cannot swap their classes once the course has started because our courses run at full capacity.

How long until I get my completed pottery back?

Some of your pottery may be available to take away whilst you are on your course if we manage to fit it during our firing schedule. Otherwise they could take up to 6 weeks after the ending of the course to be completed.

Why so long?

Our studio is very busy and we have a lot of pottery to get through! We will try our best to get your pottery completed as soon as possible.

RESCHEDULING, CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

Our refund policy is strict as we are a small, independent pottery studio that runs courses  and workshops at capacity. Teachers and materials are organised in advance for the required number of booked participants.

*All of our courses and workshops are refundable up until 14 days prior to the start of the course. After this we may be able to change your course to another date if there are dates available. Please note that from 14 days prior to the start of the course, your booking is non-refundable or exchangeable.

*We encourage you to try your best to attend each week as the course will move quite quickly. However, we know that sometimes missing a session may be unavoidable, so your teacher will try to ensure that you are caught up as much as possible. Please understand we cannot accommodate everyones diary changes and sudden change of circumstances, but we will make sure you get the best out of your course.

*If the course or workshop does not have enough participants to run, we reserve the right to reschedule the course up until 14 days prior to the start date. In this scenario we would give you a refund or arrange to reschedule your course if you prefer. 

* Gift Cards are non-refundable