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.

Art House workshop programme

Teapot workshop1

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.

Saturday 17th February 2018 (£40)
10.00 am – 1.00 pm


Create your own unique ceramic buttons, pendants and brooches.  Explore a range of shapes, sizes and ways in which decoration can be added to your pieces, with an emphasis on achieving high quality finishes.

Hannah Weber - Stoneware NecklaceSuitable for both beginners and those who have done some pottery before.

Saturday 20th January 2018 (£25)
10.00 – 12.30 p.m.

Karin sculpture 3

A full day workshop.  Students will guided by Karin to make a small seated figure – that will be left for kiln firing (can be collected 3 weeks later).

This session will include a life model.

Saturday 27th January 2018 (£65)
10am – 4pm


FULL DAY SCULPTURE ~ “The Beautiful Hand” ~ with Karin Hessenberg
Students will model a life size hand (or two) using their own hand as the subject.
Please bring a small free-standing table mirror, such as a round shaving mirrors, to help with the workshop.

Saturday 24th February 2018 (£65)
10am – 4pm


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.

Saturday 10th March 2018 (£40)
10am – 3pm

Pottery experience workshop1a

This workshop will consist of two parts.  In the morning you will be introduced to the techniques of throwing on an electric potter’s wheel.  After lunch you will be taught the traditional hand-building technique of pinching and coiling and spend the afternoon making your own style of pot.

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 on arrival from our vegetarian “Tea Studio” cafe .

Saturday 17th February 2018 (£65)
10.00 am – 4.00 pm


Saturday 24th March 2018 (£65)
10.00 am – 4.00 pm

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!

Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Saturday 10th February 2018 (£40)
10am – 12pm

Saturday 10th February 2018 (£40)
2pm – 4pm

Saturday 24th February 2018 (£40)
2pm – 4pm

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.

Date of next workshop 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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