Pottery Workshops

 

Adult Pottery Workshops


As well as our regular term time classes we offer a developing programme of weekend and evening workshops, including workshops from invited guest tutors regarding their own personal approaches to design and technical construction of pieces.

Cost:  £40 (unless stated otherwise) including all materials and kiln-firing.  Suitable for all abilities.  The Tea Studio café will be open on Saturdays for refreshments.

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.


WHEEL SATURDAY  ~ with Mick Randle
A mixed class for complete beginners and improvers.

“Excellent tutor – great location – friendly environment!”
“An amazing class, full of mess and fun!  I’ve learnt so much and am very excited by what I’ve managed to make”

 

Saturdays
10:00am – 1:00pm
£30
Click on the individual links below to book.
To book the full course at a discounted rate click here: POTTERY COURSES

21st July
28th July
4th August
11th August
18th August
25th August


Krishna's rhino

FULL DAY SCULPTURE STANDING ANIMAL WORKSHOP ~ 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!

Ideal for students who have done some pottery before.  

Saturday 18th August 2018
10:00 m- 3:30 p.m.
£40
BOOK HERE!


SONY DSC

FULL DAY SCULPTURE WORKSHOP ~ with Krishna Alageswaran
In this workshop Krishna will show you how to make a stylised human head/bust.  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 left to for firing/clear glazed.  Suitable for beginners or more experienced potters.

‘Most enjoyable, I learnt a lot. Very pleasant and friendly class

Saturday 28th July 2018
10.00 am – 3.30 pm
£40
BOOK HERE!


Pottery experience workshop1a

ONE DAY POTTERY EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP
This workshop will introduce you to both traditional hand-building and the techniques of throwing on an electric potter’s wheel.

In the morning by you will start to make a slab built project (for example something like a decorative box).  Then take on the potters wheel and throw a few pots before breaking for lunch.  After lunch you will return to finish off your slab built project using coloured slip decoration and complete a coiled pot.  All under excellent tuition and guidance of course!

At the end of the workshop you can select three pots to be left for glazing and firing (ready to collect 3 weeks later).

Pottery experience workshop2a

This full day workshop has been designed for beginners and those with previous experience of working with clay.  Complimentary Birdhouse Tea during the course of the day from our vegetarian café The Tea Studio .

Thursday 9th August 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
BOOK HERE!

Saturday 6th October 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
BOOK HERE!

Saturday 3rd November 2018
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£65
BOOK HERE!

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Pottery, Art HouseTHROWING ON THE WHEEL WORKSHOPS
An introduction to the techniques of throwing on an electric potter’s wheel.  Our classes are small (maximum of 8 people, 8 wheels) so you will get plenty of demonstrations and input from our tutors.  Come and give it a try and maybe you’ll be on the BBC Pottery Throw-down next year!

Your pieces will be left to dry and then a simple glaze added before firing – ready for collection three weeks after the workshop.

Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Saturday 21st July 2018 
10.00 am – 12.00 pm
£40
BOOK HERE!

Saturday 21st July 2018
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
£40
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BALANCE AND FORM WORKSHOP ~ with Amanda Packham
Working with wet to leather hard slab and strip coiling methods to construct and create abstract forms/vessels.  We will be trialling methods through imaginative experimentation in texture and slips to produce a crafted sculptural piece (30 cm height restriction).

 

Friday 10th August 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£40
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NEOLITHIC / BRONZE AGE BEAKER POTTERY with Amanda Packham
We will be looking into history at beaker pottery and methods of forming pieces, the sgraffito decorative techniques employed and natural colourants used to produce individual historically related vessels.

 

Friday 17th August 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£40
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CLAY AND THE SENSES ~ with Amanda Packham
A workshop to explore clay in different states through the senses of touch, smell and sound using pinch and wet slab methods to create sensory textural bowls.

 

 

Friday 24th August 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
£40
BOOK HERE!



SCULPTURE WORKSHOPS WITH KARIN HESSENBERG

A full day workshop, participants will create a small head sculpture which will be fired and ready to collect a few weeks after the workshop.

This session will include a life model.

 

Saturday 15th September
10am – 4pm
£65

BOOK HERE!


 

BUILD A TEAPOT WORKSHOP
Come and join us to make, assemble and decorate a tea pot (pieces already prepared). You will be taken through the steps of attaching handles, spouts and lids and taught decorative painting skills to personalise your pot whilst enjoying a special Bird House tea of your choice from the Tea Studio Cafe.  Your tea pot will then be kiln fired to enable you to use it at home or give as a special gift.  

“Loved it! Felt great being creative and a huge sense of achievement. Thank you!”

Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

NEW DATES TO BE CONFIRMED


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 workshop you must do so at least 14 days before the workshop 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 workshop starts, you will only receive a refund of 50% fee (or 50% of the fee value to transfer to an alternative course or workshop).  If you require a refund we will charge a further £15 administrative fee.

After a workshop 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.

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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