Pottery Workshops


Pottery Studio – 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.

 Workshops with guest potters

A full day workshops “Single Small Figure” (23rd September) and “Small Head” (25th November).  Students may choose all or some of their sculptures for firing.

This session will include a life model.

Saturday 25th November 2017 (£65)
10.00 am – 4.00 pm

gingerbread houseGINGERBREAD HOUSES with Angie Hardwick
Make a beautiful ceramic gingerbread house under the expert tuition of Angie Hardwick.  In this 2.5 hour workshop you will learn imprinting and applying techniques to create decoration and slab building skills to construct your gingerbread house.

Your work will be left for firing – after which time you can decorate your work with acrylic paints and varnish at home (you will be given guidance on decorating your work).


Gingerbread house

Saturday 18th November 2017
1.00pm – 3.30pm
Cost: £25



angie christmas4CLAY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS with Angie Hardwick
Create your own personalised ceramic gifts and Christmas decorations in the 2 hour creative session.

This is an adult workshop and is suitable for all abilities.


Friday 1st December 2017
6.00 – 8.00pm
Cost: £25

Art House in-house workshop programme

An introduction to the techniques of throwing on an electric potter’s wheel.  Our classes are small (max 8 people) so you will get plenty of input from our tutors.  Come and give it a try and maybe you’ll be on the BBC Pottery Throw-down next year! Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Saturday 11th November 2017 (£40) 

10am – 12pm

Saturday 11th November 2017 (£40)  
2pm – 4pm

Saturday 2nd December 2017 (£40)
10am – 12pm

Saturday 2nd December 2017 (£40)
2pm – 4pm

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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 stoneware temperature 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.


Saturday 21st October 2017 (£40)
10am – 1pm

Saturday 25th November 2017 (£40)
10am – 1pm

mike-scown-raku-1RAKU with Mike Scown
Raku is a firing technique that originated in 16th Century Japan. It involves rapidly heating pots up in a small kiln before removing them and placing them into beds of sawdust. The pots are so hot that the sawdust bursts into flames, staining the surface of the pots with smoke and producing dramatic and unpredictable effects in glazes. Pots fired in this way are typically regarded as decorative works of art rather than being functional since they remain water porous due to the low firing temperature.
Experience the process of Raku as you decorate and participate in the firing of unique and beautiful handmade pieces.

“I knew nothing about Raku and was amazed by the variety of results that came out of the kiln. Magic!”

The cost of the workshop will include one pot for decoration – if you require additional pots to decorate these will be available for £5 each. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

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Come and join us to assemble and decorate a lantern or tea light holder.  Your work will then be left to dry before being glazed (your choice of glaze) and then kiln fired to stoneware temperature to enable you to use it at home or give it as a gift.

Suitable for any skill level.

Saturday 4th November 2017 (£40)
10am – 1pm


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 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 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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