About Us

Our Teachers

The Clay Studio’s teachers have many years of experience, and work in a fun, free-flowing, creative style.

The Clay Studio

teacher / founder

Meet:
Eunice Locher

Eunice started teaching ceramics and pottery classes at Emerson College in Forest Row in 2000. Then, for many years she ran “The Grapevine Studio”, making and teaching ceramics to both adults and children. In 2007 she moved to Northern Portugal to open a Retreat Centre and from there Eunice established a large studio making her own porcelain product range, as well as running many 7-10 day pottery holiday courses. On her return to Sussex in 2016, Eunice founded the “The Clay Studio”. As well as managing the studio, she still passionately loves hands-on teaching.

Teacher

Meet:
Helen Ashton

Helen’s love for ceramics started 14 years ago whilst assisting Eunice at the Grapevine Studio with the children’s pottery classes. Since then she has developed her own style focusing on textures and forms from nature. Helen’s scientific background has led to an interest in glaze development, and the outdoor technique of raku and smoke firing. It is because of Helen the studio has such a great pallet of glazes. She joined The Clay Studio at its conception to help bring pottery classes to this corner of Kent and Sussex.

The Clay Studio

Teacher

Meet:
Susana Garcia

Susana is an expert “thrower” who runs a number of courses for Kent Adult Education, as well as teaching at The Clay Studio. Susana’s ceramic work is wheel-thrown or hand-built in stoneware and porcelain, inspired by her love for pattern, colour and nature. She has a patient and supportive style of teaching. She has a very wide range of knowledge on Surface Decoration.

Teaching Assistant

Meet:
Lara Gorlach

Lara performs a wide range of duties across a number of classes. Lara brings youthful energy to the studio, and her humorous and caring nature is particularly appreciated by our “senior potters” and children. Alongside her interest in ceramics, Lara is a professionally trained textile designer and screen printer, and runs her own screen printing business: www.laragorlachstudio.com

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