Studio And Activities

At Hot Pot Pottery our studio and activities can be adapted to accommodate those with some degree of physical, audio, visual or cognitive limitation and we will always make every effort to be as accommodating as possible especially if we have prior information to ensure we can plan seating, studio arrangement and activities to take limitations into account and ensure as full a pottery experience as is safely possible.

However, it should be noted that any classes that include wheel throwing do require a level of core stability and the ability to get onto the pottery wheel seat and balance unaided. Therefore, in terms of wheelchair users and/or those with more serious physical limitations, these classes/this part of the class is not adaptable. However, hand-building can be adapted to suit so some classes can be tailored and pottery painting is fully accessible.

Accessibility From Outside

To increase accessibility from outside we have built a permanent stone ramp up to the main pottery entrance doors to aid those maybe in a wheelchair wishing to do hand-building or pottery painting or generally to aid those who use a walking stick or other walking aid or with a level of visual impairment. While this ramp does have a threshold when it meets the double entrance doors to the studio, this is low and in terms of wheelchair access it is achievable.

Internal Accessibility

To increase accessibility within the building we can re-arrange furniture to increase accessibility & a handrail has been provided and opposing colour nosings has been incorporated on the 2 steps between the pottery studio and pottery display area & between the studio and firing and glaze room (giving access to the toilet area). However, if visitors find it physically impossible to navigate the steps to enter the pottery display area, pottery items can be brought up into the pottery studio for viewing on request & access to the toilet area is possible externally if you wish to avoid the steps.

In terms of visual and audio impairment, all pottery class briefings include a spoken and visual demonstration of the activities to be undertaken in the class & we are always on hand to help.

Toilet Facilities

In terms of accessing our toilet facilities in the pottery, this does require navigation of 2 internal steps to take in the change of level in the building and while the toilet door opens outward and the toilet is fitted with a grab rail, wheelchair users or perhaps those with a walking trolley may need to use the toilet in our own house which has a wheelchair navigable door and grab rail but does require assistance and ramps to access the building which would need to be arranged in advance.

In addition, it should be noted that those using the toilet in our house will need to exit the studio via the main doors and travel round to our front door externally and, as there is no panic alarm fitted in the toilet and it is a separate building, so a helper, carer or friend will need to accompany to ensure help is on hand if needed.

Contact Us

To discuss any accessibility concerns or questions and arrange things in advance please Contact Us.