– Pottery Trial Classes
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 fully-equipped studio.
From April 12th 2021 we can take bookings for 4-10 people in single household groups/bubbles (i.e. once we have had one booking we can’t take anymore people). Classes are bookable 10.30-12.30 ish (depending how many are in the class) Thurs & Sat.
From May 17th 2021 we can take 2-10 people from single/multiple households. Classes bookable 10.30-12.30 ish (depending how many are in the class) Wed-Sat.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
Our classes are suitable for complete beginners and provide a chance to try pottery out in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of help and encouragement.
They are perfect for young and old and suitable for children of 5 and above.
During the class you will get to try out 3 pottery techniques (wheel throwing, pinch pots and tiles) with lots of help and advice.
At the end you can choose your 3 favourite pieces each to leave for glazing and firing with a choice of house glazes.
You can also order coffee/tea/cold drinks to be served to your table during the class.
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 by 2-4 people up to a maximum of 10 people in class. Ideally at the moment bookings would be in multiples of 2 but if you want to come on your own, please do contact us and we will try to fit you in.
How Do I Know What To Do?
We start classes with live demonstrations and a description of the pottery kit provided and provide lots of help and advice throughout the class.
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 do 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!
Pottery trial classes cost £40.00 per person including all materials and glazing and firing (we fire every 6 weeks). This includes being able to leave 3 favourite pieces each for glazing & firing. Extra pieces will be charged at £2.50- £4.00 per piece depending on size.
Collection of fired pots is possible in person if you live locally or if a firing is due while you are here. If delivery is required it is a one off cost of £17.50 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 complement your class with a pre-ordered GROUP MEAL to be served in our studio after your class.
In terms of payment, we prefer CASH on the day or ON-LINE IN ADVANCE (if that is possible) 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.
Cancellation/No Show Policy
CLICK HERE – to see our Cancellation/No Show Policy.
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.