Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses – September 2019 onwards


Details of our regular classes are shown below.  For Saturday and one-off workshops – follow this link to go to our “Pottery Workshops” page – click here.

Scroll down to view our January – March 2020 listings. 

How to book your course:   To book and pay please click on the preferred course link below – if you have a gift voucher please see bottom of page for further instructions. By booking on a course you are confirming that you have read and agree to our payment terms and conditions, cancellation, refunds and privacy policy set out at the bottom of the page.

Important:  there is an additional charge of £2 for 1lb weight of clay for kiln firing and glazing for all pottery courses.  Please bring your own apron.


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WEEKLY DROP-IN SESSIONS
(Every Tuesday & Thursday except Christmas week!) 
An hour tutor-led session, for absolute beginners to intermediate learners to experiment and have fun throwing on the wheel.  Also available to students on one of our courses who just want some more time to practice.

Please note: pieces created in this session are recycled and not fired – this session is just to have a fun go on the wheel!

No booking needed – turn up and pay on the day.  Places are limited and cannot be reserved so please turn up early to ensure your place.

Tuesdays and Thursdays drop-in sessions
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Cost: £12 per session (cash only please)


OPEN STUDIO: EARLY ACCESS (WHEEL THROWERS)

This is a new course and in the first instance will run for 5 weeks only.

This class is suitable for anyone who is waiting for a place on our popular Open Studio, or has done other pottery courses and wishes to work on their own projects.

Students will be helped to access the facilities independently: wedging, recycling clay, cleaning up equipment and space used and labelling work clearly.  Any work completed in the classes should be glazed by 21st December session.  Completed work can be collected 3 weeks after the course ends.

Saturdays
23rd November – 21st December (5 weeks)
10.30am – 12.30pm
£75
BOOK HERE!

You can book individual sessions for £18 per class here:
30th November BOOK HERE
7th December BOOK HERE
14th December BOOK HERE
21st December BOOK HERE
Book all 5 classes and save £15


 

CERAMICS – A YEAR LONG COURSE with Mary Else
A full year course (3 terms that follow the academic year), designed for the student who wants an extended class in which a range of hand-building and decorative techniques can be explored over an extended period of time plus receive an introductory course (12 weeks) on the potter’s wheel.  At the conclusion, students will have had the opportunity to develop all the core/essential skills covered in the range of our hand-building courses and be able to transition smoothly into our Open Studio.

“I enjoyed every moment of the new class and I have gained valuable new skills and experience. The Open Studio will allow me to take it further and to be more creative.”

Mondays
Cost per term: £198 (total of £594)
FULLY BOOKED

TERM 2: BOOK HERE!  (you must be currently on term 1 to book)

Please note: This year long course is split into 3 terms and 3 payments.  By booking onto term 1, you are also agreeing to booking and paying for terms 2 and 3.  Participants will be notified when payment becomes due for the remaining terms.


Pottery Courses – January – March 2020


BEGINNER WHEEL

This course focuses on learning the core skills of throwing on a wheel. Students will be taught how to throw basic shapes, cylinders and bowls and then how to turn them into functional pieces with pulled handles and decorative glazes.

This is a repeatable course to secure basic throwing and glazing skills.  Please bring your own apron.

“Its been great to learn a completely new skill in a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is really friendly and helpful.”

“Much better than trying to learn off YouTube!”

Mondays
6th January – 23rd March (11 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£182
BOOK HERE

Tuesdays
7th January – 24th March (11 weeks)
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£182
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays 
8th January – 25th March (11 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£182
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
9th January – 26th March (11 weeks)
11.00am – 1.00pm
£165
BOOK HERE
7.00pm – 9.00pm
£182
BOOK HERE

Fridays
10th January – 27th March (11 weeks)
1.00pm – 3.00pm
£165
BOOK HERE


ADVANCED WHEEL

Wheel II is for students who are competent in the fundamentals of throwing (covered in Wheel I): throwing uniform cylinders, bowls, turning and attaching handles. Students will progress into throwing larger amounts of clay, lidded containers vases and other more advanced forms.  Students will learn to apply various slip and chattering effects to finish their work, as well as basic glazing techniques. The pace and specific techniques covered will vary slightly according to the collective and individual skill levels comprising each class.

This is a repeatable course and allows students to develop their skills and learn new techniques.

Mondays 
6th January – 16th March (10 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£165
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
9th January – 19th March (10 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
FULLY BOOKED


SATURDAY WHEEL: Beginners & Improvers

Beginners will learn the core skills of throwing on a wheel. Students will be taught how to throw basic shapes, cylinders and bowls and then how to turn them into functional pieces with pulled handles and decorative glazes.

Improvers will continue to develop their skills and learn new techniques.

11th January – 15th February (6 weeks)
10.00am – 1.00pm
FULLY BOOKED

29th February – 4th April (6 weeks)
10.00am – 1.00pm
£149
BOOK HERE


INTRODUCTION TO POTTERY 

This course is for students who want to develop their hand building and decorative ideas.

With guidance from the tutor you will be shown how to make your own projects – combining hand-building techniques to make larger pieces and using a variety of decorative techniques to finish your work.

This class is also suitable for those with experience who would like to work on their own handbuilding projects.

Mondays
6th January – 23rd March (11 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£165
BOOK HERE

Wednesdays
8th January – 25th March (11 weeks)
10.00am – 12.00pm
£165
BOOK HERE

Thursdays
9th January – 26th March (11 weeks)
11.00am – 1.00pm
£165
BOOK HERE

Fridays
10th January – 27th March (11 weeks)
10.00am – 12.30pm*
FULLY BOOKED

*Please note a change to the listing in our guide – Friday Introduction to Pottery will be run as a longer class (2.5 hours) and has been priced accordingly. We apologise for the error. 


ANIMAL SCULPTURE with Krishna Alageswaran

In this workshop Krishna will show you how to make a animal sculpture.  This workshop will focus on making a standing figure of an animal (with more substantial legs) of your choice!  So rhinos, elephants and hippos are welcome but no gazelles, dogs, cats or similar please!

Tuesdays 
7th January – 11th February (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 9.00pm
£125
BOOK HERE


POTS FOR THE KITCHEN with Charlotte Berry

Hand build functional pots for your kitchen using a variety of hand building techniques such as coiling, slabbing and pinching. In this six week course you will be guided in making a berry bowl/colander, a garlic pot and grater and a large pot for holding kitchen utensils. In the final weeks you can tackle your own kitchen ware project or be guided in making egg cups or lidded containers.  All work will be decorated using coloured slips, underglaze painting and glaze.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced students.

Wednesdays
8th January – 12th February (6 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£99
BOOK HERE


SUSHI & SAKE SET with Tom James

Thursdays
9th January – 13th February (6 weeks)
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£99
BOOK HERE


BONSAI PLANTERS with Krishna Alageswaran

Thursdays
9th January – 13th February (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£99
BOOK HERE 

 


SURFACE DECORATION with Krishna Alageswaran 

Learn how to use coloured slips, oxides and under glaze colours with confidence.  Improve your knowledge and application of techniques to get the effect you want.  Best suited to potters who have already some experience and want to learn more about surface decoration.

You will be shown:
• Various slip application techniques scraffito, inlay, incised, stencil and wax resist.
• How oxides and under glazes can be applied and work with other mediums.
• How to combine surface decoration to their best effect.

You will be given the opportunity to make a selection of tiles with all the decorative techniques and at least one completed hand built piece using slips, oxides and under glazes.

Tuesdays
25th February – 24th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 9.00pm
£105
BOOK HERE


TAPAS SET with Charlotte Berry

Wednesdays
26th February – 25th March (5 weeks)
1.30pm – 3.30pm
£82
BOOK HERE


ZEN GARDENS

Thursdays
27th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
2.00pm – 4.00pm
£82
BOOK HERE


GLAZE TECHNOLOGY with Krishna Alageswaran

This short block explores both the chemistry and the breadth of application techniques using stoneware glazes. Students will learn the differences between glossy, satin, and dry/matt glazes and ideal means of applying these to pottery and sculpture. Students will produce two pieces of work on the course plus tester pieces.

 

Thursdays
27th February – 26th March (5 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£82
BOOK HERE


RAKU TEA BOWLS with Mike Scown

Make and fire tea bowls using techniques inspired by the 16th Century Japanese tradition of Raku. The first Raku tea bowls were made by a roof tile maker called Chojiro, who began creating vessels for the tea ceremony using the same methods he employed when making tiles. These will be fired in an outdoor Raku kiln.

Wednesdays
29th January – 11th March (6 weeks)
6.30pm – 8.30pm
£99
BOOK HERE


Payments: All courses or workshops must be fully paid in advance and all major cheques, cash and credit/debit cards are acceptable methods of payment. To pay by cheque please click here to download a booking form and send back with a cheque made payable to “St Matthews House Ltd”.  You can also drop in Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm to pay in person.

Cancellation and refunds: If you wish to cancel your place on a course you must do so at least 14 days before the course starts in order to receive a full refund. Cancellation must be made in writing or email. If you require a refund we will charge £15 administrative fee. Alternatively you may transfer your booking to another course free of charge.

If you cancel your place less than 14 days before your course starts, you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee (or 50% of the fee value to transfer to an alternative course).  If you require a refund we will charge £15 administrative fee or you can transfer your booking to another course free of charge.

After a course begins we do not offer any refund unless in exceptional circumstances.

If we have to cancel a course for any reason, then you will receive a full refund with no administrative fee deducted.

If you have an Art House gift voucher please follow the instructions below:

• Pay the full price of the course online.
• Email us prior to the course date to tell us you have used a voucher.
• Bring the voucher with you on the day to receive your cash back.

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