Pottery Courses


Pottery Courses Winter-term (January 2019 onwards)

Details of our regular classes are shown below.  Please note we also offer we offer a developing programme of weekend and one-off workshops – follow this link to go to our “Pottery Workshops” page – click here.

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.

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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)

Ideal for new or experienced potters who want to make a sculptural piece – maybe a more abstract piece of work or a figure with your own personal style (without the worry of trying to make a sculpture in the likeness of a model sat in front of you!).  The piece will be decorated using slip and then glazed.  Suitable for beginners or more experienced potters.

This short course is based on our popular Saturday workshop where Krishna demonstrates how to make a stylised human head/bust however in this course you will have more studio time to allow you to concentrate on developing the decoration and finishing of your work.

Tuesdays    NEW COURSE
6.30 – 9.00 p.m. (2.5 hour sessions)
26th February – 26th March 2019 (5 sessions)

Using slips and underglazes paint a landscape and explore mark making to produce plaques for slab constructed vessels. We will look at layering colour, pattern, design and slab assembly in this short six-week course.

Remember to bring along any pictures or images you’d like to use as inspiration for your work!

11:00 – 1:00
28th February – 4th April 2019 (6 weeks)
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A full year course (3 terms that follow the academic year, each term consisting of 10 weeks) 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.

As well as weekly tutor guided projects you will be given several opportunities to design and complete your own projects in terms 2 and 3.  At the conclusion, students will have had the opportunity to develop all the core/essential skills covered in the range of our handbuilding courses and be able to transition smoothly into our Open Studio.

Please note – this course focuses on sculptural/handbuilding and decorative techniques and will not be using the potter’s wheel.  You will be given two complementary vouchers, during term 3, to attend our drop-in session for throwing on the wheel to see whether you would like to explore this area further.

“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.”

Term 2 – Mondays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
14th January – 25th March 2019 (10 sessions – half-term break Monday 18th February 2019)
Cost per 10 week term: £198

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.


Handbuilding, Art House SheffieldEVENING POTTERY 
For the complete beginner, this course explores the basics of hand-built ceramics through a variety of techniques and intricate decorating practices.

You will learn to manipulate clay to come away with several beautiful and personal hand-formed pieces reflecting an understanding of the basic elements of pottery and a foundation of craftsmanship to explore further in later classes.

As well as being a good starting point for working with clay, this course is an excellent introduction for those interested in exploring sculptural techniques and for throwers interested in improving their carving and alteration skills.

“Everything you need for an induction to ceramics, hand building and glazing. Cannot recommend it enough! “

Please note this course uses a variety of hand-building techniques – but does not include the use of a pottery wheel.

6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
15th January – 26th March 2019 (10 sessions – half-term break Tuesday 19 February 2019)
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Same content as the evening pottery class (above) – a chance to learn all the basics of hand-building techniques in 12 weeks.

“I enjoyed very much to be able to be encouraged to be creative. My friends loved the work I did.”

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
21st January – 1st April 2019 (10 weeks – half-term break Monday 18th February 2019)
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10:00 – 12 noon
17th January – 3rd April 2019 (11 weeks – half-term break Wednesday 20th February 2019)

Following on from the beginners class, this course is for students who want to develop their handbuilding and decorative ideas further.

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.



10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
11th January – 5th April 2019 (12 weeks – half-term break Friday 22nd February 2019)

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.

7:00 – 9:00
28th February – 28th March 2019 (5 weeks) – this course will concentrate on concentrate on slip decoration, oxides and stains (the usual sixth session on glaze technology will be missed).
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Learn about the history and tradition involved in the making of Raku tea bowls.  Create your own tea bowl (using a banding wheel to hand-build) in two different styles, culminating in an outdoor raku firing and a take on the tea ceremony for which they were originally made.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
27th February – 3rd April 2019 (6 sessions)


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.

“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!”

All our evening wheel classes are now fully booked – we will have our new courses (that start after Easter) hopefully on the website by the end of February – in the meantime we have a drop-in wheel session on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week (5.30-6.30) if you would like to try before booking onto a longer course.

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.

All our evening wheel classes are now fully booked – we will have our new courses (that start after Easter) hopefully on the website by the end of February – in the meantime we have a drop-in wheel session on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week (5.30-6.30) if you would like to try before booking onto a longer course.

Pottery, Art HouseWHEEL SATURDAY (WHEEL I & WHEEL II) ~ with Mick Randle
A mixed class for complete beginners and improvers. More advanced students will be throwing larger amounts of clay and completing more advanced forms.  The classes will run as longer 3 hour teaching sessions over a 6-week period.

“I really enjoyed the course, it was brilliantly run and we were introduced to the throwing right away which was great.”

“A great way to unwind, made better by the expert guidance of the tutor”. 

This is a repeatable course and is encouraged for those who would simply like more practice with tuition.

10:00 – 1:00 p.m. (3 hour sessions)
12th January – 16th February 2019 (6 sessions)
Cost:  £148
BOOK HERE!  (Click link to see number of places remaining)

10:00 – 1:00 p.m. (3 hour sessions)
2nd March – 6th April 2019 (5 sessions)
Cost:  £123
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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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