– Pottery Trial Classes

COVID-19 Statement:

At Hot Pot Pottery we take the safety of our visitors and ourselves very seriously. We are registered with Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ and The World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ Schemes to keep Covid-19 risks as low as possible and encourage responsible behaviour on-site and in relation to bookings.

CLICK HERE to see our 2021 Covid-19 Re-Opening Schedule.

CLICK HERE to see our information on Keeping Covid-19 Risks Low On-Site.

CLICK HERE to see our Covid-19 & Regular Cancellation Policies.

Get In Touch With The Clay

Regular times/availability may vary due to SPECIAL EVENTS.

Our pottery trial classes are great fun and take place in our cosy, fully-equipped studio.

From May 17th we can accept bookings from 2 or more people from single/multiple households 10.30-12.30 ish (depending how many are in the class) Wed-Sat. 

The maximum number of people in a class is 10 and we can now take more than one booking in a class.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

Pottery trial classes are suitable for complete beginners and children 5 years and above and are a chance to try out 3 pottery techniques (including a go on the wheel) in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of expert help and encouragement.

At the end of the class you can choose your 3 favourite pieces each to leave for glazing and firing with a choice of our house glazes.

Studio Layout

Wheel throwing workshop

Due to Covid-19 we currently have separate work areas separated by 1.5-2m (with everything needed for the class) designed to be used in 2’s up to a maximum of 10 people. Ideally at the bookings would be in multiples of 2 but if you have an odd number in your party or you want to come on your own we will try to suit your needs.

How Do I Know What To Do?

Our class sizes are small (max. 10 people) and your teacher has many years of pottery experience – so you are in good hands and will get lots of personal help and advice. We start classes with pottery demonstrations and a description of the pottery kit and how to use it. We also take you to see our glazing and firing room and our gallery to see all the kit.

We have also pre-recorded ON-LINE DEMO VIDEOS for you to have a look at before your class. One is WHEEL THROWING, the other is PINCH POTS & TILES. These will be helpful to you as our in-class demos are a little more difficult to see at the moment due to social distancing.

What Should I Wear?

NOT your best clothes, clay is messy but does wash out! We provide aprons, towels and hand-wash facilities.

We advise taking off large rings and bracelets, trying long hair back and rolling up sleeves. Also, long fingernails are not helpful to you when working with clay!

Price & Payment

Pottery trial classes cost £40.00 per person, which includes all teaching, pottery kit & wheels, materials and aprons and towels on the day, glazing and firing of your 3 favourite pieces (per person) after the class with a choice of house glazes and packing for collection/delivery. Extra pieces can be left for glazing and firingat a cost of £2.50- £4.00 per piece depending on size.

In terms of payment, we prefer CASH on the day or ON-LINE IN ADVANCE into our account (if timing allows) as we can no longer share card payment charges customers. We hope you understand.

If paying here, social distancing, mask wearing, good ventilation and sanitising will be observed at the till.

Collection/Delivery

If you live locally or if a firing is due while you are here you can come and collect your pots when they are ready. If delivery is required it costs £17.50 per group to send a box(es) of pots to one UK address.

Booking Your Class

CONTACT US to find out more or to make a booking for a class.

Food & Drink

We will usually have the coffee machine on during your class so refreshments can be purchased & served to your table. However, if you are a group of 4 or more, perhaps celebrating an event, you might want to add a GROUP MEAL to your pottery class to be served afterwards.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

CLICK HERE – to see our Cancellation/No Show Policy.

Dogs

From our perspective well-behaved dogs have always been welcome in our studio but due to the current situation studio space is at a premium. If it is a small class and others don’t mind no problems but please check before bringing pooch!

Observers & Helpers

Observers & helpers have always been welcome in our classes but at present studio space and seating is limited. There is an option for one work area to include up to 2 observers who can sit on the sofa near them without getting too close to other groups and if a class is not full then helpers are possible.

Please ask about observers and helpers when booking and note that all minors must be accompanied by a paying class member or helper.