Pottery Courses


Pottery Courses – June 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.  Please bring your own apron.

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(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)


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.

1:30 – 3:30 pm
19th June – 24th July 2019 (6 weeks)


Pottery, Art HouseWHEEL SATURDAY (WHEEL I & WHEEL II) ~ with Mick Randle  NEW DATES
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. (longer 3 hour studio sessions)
6th July – 10th August 2019 (6 sessions)
Cost:  £145
BOOK HERE!  (Click link to see number of places remaining)

Pottery summer schools for adults – August 2019

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THREE DAY POTTERY SUMMER SCHOOL with Charlotte Berry, Mary Else and Mike Scown
Experience a range of pottery skills in this exciting three day pottery course introducing you to the joys of working in clay. The course is suitable for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the more experienced potter. Run by experienced tutors who will help you succeed with your projects, the course will involve wheel throwing and turning, a variety of hand building techniques and a day of exploring different glaze effects in the raku kiln.

In the three days you will have the opportunity to;
• Wheel throw your personal breakfast set of jug, mug and bowl.
• Hand build items for the garden such as birdbaths, wall planters and sculptural pieces.
• Explore different glazes and see the dramatic effects of the raku kiln.

Raku fired pots can be taken away on the day and your other pieces will be fired and glazed ready for collection in three weeks.

Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th August 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st August 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pottery Courses – September 2019 onwards

Details of our new term timetable (Sept-Dec 2019) will be published on the website by early July – we will be running a number of new short courses to run alongside our 10-12 week courses.

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 hand-building courses and be able to transition smoothly into our Open Studio.

Please note – this course focuses on sculptural/hand-building 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 3 – Mondays
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
13th May – 22nd July 2019 (10 sessions – half-term break Monday 27th May 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.

Expression of interest for Year Long course starting in September 2019 – please click and leave your details 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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