– Pottery Trial Classes

PLEASE NOTE!

Hot Pot Pottery HAS MOVED (just down the road). HOWEVER: as the new place is a large renovation project we will unfortunately be CLOSED while we do the work. We are hoping to RE-OPEN on Easter Weekend 2024.

We will have lots of new ideas & activities for you to try. So watch this space for details!

Get In Touch With The Clay

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

The classes are 2.5 hours long and are suitable for complete beginners and children 6 years and over and are a chance to try out 3 pottery techniques (pinch pots, tiles and a go at throwing 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.

Tea/coffee and biscuits are included.

Our Studio

Wheel throwing workshop

Our studio has 5 fully equipped work areas for 2 people to work together so our class size has a maximum of 10 which means you get lots of personal help and advice during the class.

If you are booking on your own, we may team you up with someone else to share a workspace, kit and wheel.

While one person is on the wheel the other will be working at the table perfecting their pinch pots and tiles and then halfway through the class we swap over.

We provide everything you need for your class including aprons, hand washing facilities & towels.

How Do I Know What To Do?

Our class size is small and your teacher has many years of pottery teaching experience – so you are in good hands and will get lots of personal help and advice. We start every class with a demonstration of the 3 techniques you are going to try and a description of the pottery kit and how to use it.

We also take you to see our glazing and firing room to see what goes on after your class and to our gallery to see examples of what you will be making in 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. If you do get a chance to watch these in advance that would be great as, particularly throwing on the wheel. it is a lot to take in on the day!

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 when working with clay!

Price & Payment

Our 2.5 hour pottery trial classes cost £50.00 per person. This includes all teaching, pottery kit & wheels, materials and aprons and towels on the day, biscuits and tea/coffee & 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 firing at a cost of £3.00- £5.00 per piece depending on size.

Payment is in advance on-line or on the phone when you book your space(s).

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 courier delivery is required it is £20.00 for a box of pots on a fragile delivery to one mainland UK address. If you are a group, this is a shared cost.

Younger Children

If you are making a booking and have a child or children under 6 or children who you would like to do a ‘mini’ version of the class we can arrange for them to have a space at your table with you and clay to work with but not include the wheel throwing. This would cost £30 per child and we would be able to glaze and fire 2 of their pieces made during the class.

NB: for really young children who are not participating we do have high chairs to keep them out of trouble while you are potting!

Booking Your Space

Advance booking is required at least 24 hours before the start of the class. 

CLICK HERE – to see class dates, availability and on-line booking (booking calendar coming soon).

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 please do check with us so we can check with others in the class before arriving with pooch(es)!

Observers & Helpers

Our studio is not huge so please ask about observers and helpers when booking but do note that all minors must be accompanied either by a paying adult or non-paying adult helper.