Pottery Courses

 

Pottery Courses – June 2019 onwards


Details of our regular classes are shown below.  For Saturday 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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WEEKLY DROP-IN SESSIONS
(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)


Pottery summer schools for adults – August 2019


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.

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


Pottery Courses – Autumn Term (September 2019 onwards)


CERAMICS – A YEAR LONG COURSE with Mary Else
A full year course (3 terms that follow the academic year), 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 plus receive an introductory course (12 weeks) on the potter’s wheel.  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.

“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.”

Mondays
16th September – 25th November 2019 (10 weeks, half-term break on Monday 28th October)
6:30 – 9:00 pm (2.5 hour sessions)
Cost per term: £198 (total of £594)
BOOK HERE! (Click booking link to see further details of course timetable)

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.


POTTERY WHEEL/THROWING COURSES
We have a variety of courses catering for absolute beginners to more experienced potters. All of our courses are repeatable allowing students to develop their skills and learn new techniques.  Please bring your own apron.

Wheel 1:  focuses on core skills, students will be taught how to throw basic shapes, cylinders and bowls and then how to turn them into functional pieces with pulled handles and decorative glazes.

“Its been great to learn a completely new skill in a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone is really friendly and helpful.”

Wheel 2: progression onto throwing larger amounts of clay, lidded containers vases and other more advanced forms.   The pace and specific techniques covered will vary slightly according to the collective and individual skill levels comprising each class.

“Much better than trying to learn off YouTube!”

Saturday course:  from beginners to advanced students (Wheel 1 & 2) the Saturday class with longer studio sessions (3 hours).

“I really enjoyed the course, it was brilliantly run and we were introduced to the throwing right away which was great.”

Wheel 1
Mondays: 9th Sept – 2nd Dec 2019 (12 wks), 7:00 – 9:00, £198, BOOK HERE!
Tuesdays: 17th Sept – 10th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 7:00 – 9:00, £198, BOOK HERE!
Wednesdays: 18th Sept – 11th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 7:00 – 9:00, £198, BOOK HERE!
Thursdays (daytime): 12th Sept – 5th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 11:00 – 1:00, £168, BOOK HERE!
Thursdays: 12th Sept – 5th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 7:00 – 9:00, £198, BOOK HERE!
Fridays (daytime): 13th Sept – 6th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 1:00 – 3:00, £168, BOOK HERE!

Wheel 2
Mondays: 16th Sept – 9th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 7:00 – 9:00, £198, FULLY BOOKED
Thursdays: 19th Sept – 12th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 7:00 – 9:00, £198, FULLY BOOKED

Saturday (beginners & improvers)
Saturdays:
  21st Sept – 26th Oct 2019 (6 wks), 10:00 – 1:00, £148, BOOK HERE!
Saturdays: 9th Nov – 14th Dec (6 wks), 10:00 – 1:00, £148, BOOK HERE!

Half-term:  please note for longer courses we have a half-term break from Monday 28th October until Friday 1st November 2019.


POTTERY PROJECTS (TRADITIONAL HAND-BUILDING AND DECORATION)
A class for all abilities.  For the complete beginner this course provides an introduction to hand-built ceramics through a variety of techniques and intricate decorating practices, allowing you to come away with several beautiful and personal hand-formed pieces.  For returning/more experienced students you will be shown how to make your own projects, combining different hand-building techniques to make larger pieces and using a variety of decorative techniques to finish your work.

“I enjoyed very much to be able to be encouraged to be creative.  My friends loved the work I did.”

Mondays (daytime): 9th Sept – 2nd Dec 2019 (12 wks), 1:30 – 3:30 pm, £168, BOOK HERE!
Tuesdays (evening):  17th Sept – 26th Nov 2019 (10 wks), 6:30 – 9:00 pm, £198, BOOK HERE!
Wednesdays (daytime):  11th Sept – 4th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 10:00 – 12 noon, £168, BOOK HERE!
Fridays (daytime):  13th Sept – 6th Dec 2019 (12 wks), 10:00 – 12.30 pm, £198 (longer class length) FULLY BOOKED

Half-term:  please note for longer courses we have a half-term break from Monday 28th October until Friday 1st November 2019.


SPECIALISED & SHORT COURSES


INTRODUCTION TO SCULPTURE ~ with Krishna Alageswaran 
Ideal for new or experienced potters who want to make a sculptural piece (or more than one!) – 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 glazed.  Suitable for beginners or more experienced potters.

Tuesdays
17th September – 22nd October 2019 (6 weeks)
6.30 – 9.00 pm (longer classes)
£120
BOOK HERE!


TEXTURED FORMS ~ with Krishna Alageswaran 
Learn how to create a variety of interesting textures in clay through application of materials to the surface and use of clay stretching processes. Simple hand building techniques will be used to assemble textured surfaces into a variety of forms, allowing for everything from tall thin vessels to shallow platters.

Tuesdays
5th November – 10th December 2019 (6 weeks)
6.30 – 9.00 pm (longer classes)
£120
BOOK HERE!


POTS FOR THE HOME ~ with Charlotte Berry
Create a number of functional objects to come in handy around the home. Think incense burners, jewellery containers, candle holders for the bedroom, soap dishes and toothbrush holders for the bathroom and for the living room, a ceramic wall hanging or pots for your plant or succulent collection.

Wednesdays
18th September – 23rd October 2019 (6 weeks)
1.30 – 3.30 pm
£84 (Reduced daytime pricing)
BOOK HERE!


FESTIVE GIFTS AND DECORATIONS ~ with Charlotte Berry
Make a series of festive gifts from clay, perfect to give away as presents or for you to use to decorate your own home. Make soap dishes, tea light holders, lidded pots for preserves or condiments, sculptural robins and decorations for the tree.

Wednesdays
6th November – 11th December 2019 (6 weeks)
1.30 – 3.30 pm
£84 (Reduced daytime pricing)
BOOK HERE!


WESTERN RAKU ~ with Mike Scown
Experience the process of Raku as you decorate and participate in the firing of unique and beautiful handmade pieces.  Complete beginners to advanced students welcome.  Course includes: naked raku, glazing, masking tape resist, horse-hair decoration and copper matte pyrex reduction.

Firing and materials included.  One complimentary pot included for each class.  Winter evening firings so bring some warm clothes!

Wednesdays
6th November – 11th December 2019 (6 weeks)
7.00 – 9.00 pm
£105
BOOK HERE!


POTS OF THE WORLD: SCANDINAVIA ~ with Amanda Packham
Scandinavian ceramics typically combine minimalist, elegant forms and muted earth tones to produce beautifully understated pottery. In this course you’ll learn about the history, mythology and culture of Scandinavian countries and apply this to your own output of clay forms.

Thursdays
19th September – 24th October 2019 (6 weeks)
11.00 – 1.00 pm
£84
BOOK HERE!


POTS OF THE WORLD: India ~ with Amanda Packam
Indian pottery has a history dating back many thousands of years, and for the most part consists of un-glazed terracotta forms such as storage jars, cups, and oil burning lamps, often decorated with geometric patterns and imagery inspired by natural flora and fauna, and iconography of the Hindu religion. In this course you’ll work with terracotta clay and use traditional making methods to produce a collection of objects with the incorporation of beautiful surface decoration.

Thursdays
7th November – 12th December 2019 (6 weeks)
11.00 – 1.00 pm
£84
BOOK HERE!


TEA SERVICE ~ with Krishna Alageswaran 
Use simple forming techniques and a variety of decorative effects to create a unique and personalized tea set, including a teapot, two cups and saucers or mugs, a milk jug, a sugar bowl and a teabag container.

Thursdays
19th September – 24th October 2019 (6 weeks)
7.00 – 9.00 pm
£99
BOOK HERE!


BREAKFAST SET with Krishna Alageswaran 
Start the day off right with your own unique handmade breakfast set, including two sizes of plate, a cereal bowl, a juice cup, a butter dish, a toast rack and napkin holders.

Thursdays
7th November – 12th December 2019 (6 weeks)
7.00 – 9.00 pm
£99
BOOK 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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