Pottery Courses


Pottery Courses Summer Term (including summer school)

Details of our regular classes are shown below.  Please note we also offer we offer a developing programme of weekend and one-off workshops including introductory sessions to allow new students the opportunity to try before signing up to a full course.  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. By doing so you confirm 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.

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 £25 cash back.

IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE BOOKING YOUR COURSE: there is an additional charge of £2 for 1lb weight of clay for kiln firing and glazing for all pottery courses.

Summer School

Make the most of August bank holiday week by spending it at the Art House making pottery.  Enjoy a stimulating and fun week honing your hand-building skills and techniques. During each morning sessions you will be hand-building a clay chimenea for outdoor use, whilst the afternoon sessions will be spent with visiting guest and in-house potters creating clay and  tiles from personalised carvings in plaster,  Raku decorating and firing pots , and slab built stoneware vessels  by laminating and stretching different clay bodies together.


Guest Potters: Meghan Downs, Trudy Weir, and more!
Only 10 places available!

Monday 28th August—Friday 1st September 2017 (5 days includes bank holiday)
Cost:  £250 (includes all firing charges)

Summer Term Classes

A hour tutor led session, for absolute beginners to intermediate learners to experiment and have fun throwing on the wheel. Also available to students on a course who just want some more time to practice.

DROP-IN SESSION – No booking needed just turn up and pay on the day. Please arrive 10 minutes early to make payment.

Mondays or Thursdays drop-in
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Cost: £12 per session

Learn wheel throwing for the complete beginners and improvers. You will be making pots on the wheel to be biscuit fired and glazed. The focus will be learning and practising the core skills of throwing on a wheel.  The classes will run as longer 3 hour teaching sessions over a 6-week period.

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

10am – 1pm
June 24th – July 29th 2017 (6 weeks x 3 hour sessions)
Cost: £135

Mike Scown-porcelain


Porcelain is regarded as the most difficult to use and demanding of clay bodies, but the results it can produce when fired are unlike any other.

Get your hands on this unique material during this four week throwing course, previous throwing experience necessary.

7.00 – 9.00 p.m.
10th – 31st July 2017
Cost:  £70


Develop your hand-building, sculpting, and texturing abilities in this sculpture fundamentals course. You will focus on proportion, gesture, motion, and expression as you sculpt a figurative form or bust. Learn the possibilities and limits of sculpting with clay, and the technical requirements for safely and successfully firing your pieces.

This course is excellent for students from handbuilding courses wanting a more in-depth introduction to sculpture or to improve on their modelling and texturing skills.

7pm – 9pm
8th June – 13th July 2017 (6 weeks)
Cost: £90

The knowledge gained from these class will help individuals to get reproducible, predictable and beautiful results, and the ability to apply newfound skills to a variety of pottery disciplines. The tutor will highlight the ideal circumstances for utilising each technique and how to exercise an eye for form and texture with emphasis on their role in design. Further, students will learn to identify different surface finishing techniques used in traditional and contemporary worldwide practices and how to emulate particular effects in one’s own work.

Use of oxides and underglazes
This block looks at applying some of the most basic materials from which pottery colours come from. Students will learn the makeup and different applications of oxides and underglazes, utilising fine brushwork, sponge application of watered down washes, and observing how these interact with glazes.

Wednesday 12th July – 2nd August 2017 (4 weeks)
Cost:  £60

Use of slips
This block of 4 sessions on achieving bright colours on pottery with the use of decorating slips.  The course will look at the makeup of decorating slips, ideal temperatures for best results, and the following application techniques: dipping, scraffito, slip inlay, sponging and using paper resists.

Wednesday 7th June – 28th June 2017 (4 sessions)
Cost:  £60

Six week slip and oxide courses ~ with Sarah Vanic    NEW DAY TIME COURSE
Join us in this short course to explore and learn the techniques of slip and oxide application. Throughout the duration of this course you will be taught the techniques of slip trailing, sgrafitto, and wax resist. We will be practising on testers made by you in the first few sessions as well as premade bisque ware for exploration with oxides. You will then make two larger pieces with techniques of your choice.

6th June – 11th July 2017 (6 weeks) 
10a.m. – 12 noon,
Cost:  £72

IMG_1651RAKU COURSE with Mike Scown

This 4-week mini course take you through the techniques of Raku as you decorate and participate in the firing of unique and beautiful handmade pieces.  The cost of the course will include one pot for decoration per class (so 4 pots in total) – additional pots will be available for £5 each.

Week 1 – History of Raku, naked Raku decorating and firing.
Week 2 – Mixing and applying glazes, masking tape resist.
Week 3 – Horse hair decoration or bring your own combustibles, Raku jewellery, gilding with metal leaf.
Week 4 – Copper matte alcohol reduction, decorating and firing pots.

Please note the sessions will be run in the outside courtyard area.

6th – 27th June 2017 (4 weeks)
7pm – 9pm
Cost:  £60

4th – 25th July 2017 (4 weeks)
7pm – 9pm
Cost:  £60


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 within 14 days of commencement you will only receive a refund of 50% course fee.

If we are forced to cancel a course then you will receive a full refund with no administrative fee deducted.

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