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xxxARCHIVE – Summer Workshops

We have a choice of four diverse, fun and interesting summer workshops detailed below.

Please note that help with booking is available here:


1. Children’s Pottery Experiences

Thursday 25th July 2019 9:00am – 12 noon


Thursday 25th July 2019 1:00pm – 4pm

Places Available for MORNING ONLY 

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These two workshops are for children (8+)  with a maximum of 10 attendees on each. During the workshops the children will each make an item that the teacher decides on, such as an animal, plate or mug.

These workshops cost £40 per child, which includes teaching and refreshments, as well as a finished piece of pottery to take home later after it has been fired, glazed and fired again. This workshop is led by Lara Gorlach


2. Throwing Practice

Monday 29th July 2019 9am – 4pm


Wednesday 31st July 2019 9am – 4pm

Places Available

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This workshop is for potters who want to improve their throwing skills and for beginners who want to try throwing on the wheel.

On this workshop you will learn how to throw mugs, jugs and pull handles. You will be able to decorate your finished pots with coloured slips. They will then be fired and clear glazed for you to pick up at a later stage.

This workshop is open only to adults (18+), with a maximum of 8 attendees.

This workshop costs £120 per adult, which includes teaching and refreshments, as well as finished pots to take home later. This workshop is led by Susana Garcia.  Please bring your own packed lunch along.


3. An Introduction to Clay Animal Sculpture

Saturday 27th July 2019 9am-1pm


Tuesday 30th July 2019 9am-1pm

Places Available

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An Introduction to Clay Animal Sculpture is ideal for either  a beginner eager to sculpt your first animal or perhaps a keen potter ready to develop the 3D form through hand-building techniques. You will be shown how to apply contemporary and traditional approaches to create your very own choice of a seated animal figure.

Taking inspiration from your sketches and other inspirational materials you can collect beforehand, the course begins pinching a small maquette, which will be a working model for your larger final figure (approx. 12” high).

In this 4 hr session you will be guided in a series of demonstrations that show you the key stages, whilst providing support every step of the way. This will be a fun approach and you will be free to use your own creative spirit!

After the course your figures will slowly be dried out and then fired in our kilns. This workshop costs £85, which includes materials and one firing. It is led by Helen Ashton. The first one on 27th is suitable for both teens and adults. The second one on the 30th is also suitable for children from 10 upwards if accompanied at a reduced cost of £55.

Optionally, you will be offered the opportunity to return for a later glazing session on Saturday 7th September, 2019 10am -12noon to bring colour and life to your piece. This costs £35, covering tuition, glaze and the final firing.

“I found the small animal sculpture half-day workshop, my first experience in this area of ceramics, inspiring with friendly, positive, encouraging and professional tuition.  We were asked to prepare in advance by deciding on a subject and bringing a range of photographs to aid our work. On the day, Helen’s instructions were very clear: our task was to quickly create a maquette of our subject to understand how we might shape our sculpture and to appreciate the challenges we might encounter in the final version. Helen worked on her own sculpture alongside us, narrating the process and also being quite self critical; this was very reassuring for me. Our full size sculpture was a more complex process, but we were able to make improvements to our maquette ideas. Helen’s very clear instructions for this were given step by step so that we could follow easily. She was always happy to give help when we needed it. I felt at the start that it would be a real challenge for me, as a beginner, to complete two sculptures within the timeframe, learning new techniques, but in fact the time limitations meant that we all worked quickly and decisively. I had a great sense of achievement when I had completed both pieces of work.Helen has kindly offered to ensure that the sculptures are bisque fired and glazed in her own time over the summer break. It was a joy to work with such an expert, enthusiastic and encouraging tutor.”  Jean

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