Clay Workshops in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Do you fancy having some fun with a potter's wheel in the comfort of your own home or garden? This is now possible with our potter's wheel hire package delivered to your door. 
Available for a weekend or midweek hire. Perfect for creating memories and giggles at special occasions like birthdays, BBQ's or indulging in some time for yourself.


**UPDATE 17th May 2021**
GOOD NEWS: We are now open again for pottery workshops by appointment (following covid secure guidelines).  Please be sure to read these updated guidelines fully before making a booking so you know what to expect.
Public workshops are available with up to two people to allow for physical distancing. 
Private group bookings can accommodate up to four people at this time.
Bookings being taken now for:
  • Potter's Wheel Taster Sessions (1 hour)
Monday evenings for up to 2 people.  Book here.
  • Individual Potter's Wheel Tuition (90 mins)
Weekdays Tue-Fri between 8:30am and 5:30pm (last booking 4pm) Book here
  • Private Potter's Wheel Experience (2 hours)
Dates/times by arrangement for up to 4 people Book here
  • Private 'Play with Clay' Handbuilding workshops
Bronze (90 mins)
Silver (2hours)
Gold* (3 hours)
*Gold includes a quick go on the wheel
Dates/times by arrangement for up to 4 people Book here
Other public classes and workshops for larger numbers will be available to book as soon as the social distancing restrictions have been lifted (hopefully 19th July)
All those who had workshops cancelled last year will be given priority on future public classes/courses and will be notified about upcoming workshops/courses prior to it being made available on the website.
Thanks for your understanding.
Studio Update: We have been very busy over the last few months to become covid secure ready for when we re-open. We have altered the studio layout slightly to allow for 1m+ physical distancing.  We have invested in an industrial extraction system to improve the ventilation.  We are also excited to now have two new pottery wheels too.

All existing gift vouchers (that had not already expired prior to the first lockdown) are valid for a further 12 months from 17th May 2021.
I wish to thank all my customers for their very valued business.  I hope anyone who had a workshop or course that was cancelled will consider re-booking with me.
Stay safe everyone,
Louisa x

About the Studio

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Established in November 2018, Fancy Frog Pottery is a small studio operated by Louisa and Tim Riley. 

The studio is situated on the corner of Beechville Avenue and Dean Road in Scarborough,
a short walk from the beautiful north bay beaches.


The studio was once a traditional corner shop and makes a lovely cosy teaching space, open for workshops by appointment and doubles up as a display area, for occasional sale days.

About Us


Louisa Riley

Pottery Tutor and maker

I am slightly obsessed with clay and love sharing my passion with others.  I'm a qualified teacher with a degree in art and design.  For me, clay is the best way I have found to unwind and relax. Everyone can benefit from a little 'me time' and I believe having fun squishing some mud is about as good as it gets : )

Louisa likes:  
Playing with clay (obviously), staying up late, ice skating, cheese and onion pasties and frogs.

Louisa doesn't like:
toothpicks, loud noise, surprises,
Appalachian banjo music.

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Tim Riley

Studio Technician

My role is to help keep the pottery running smoothly.  I recycle clay, load and unload the kilns. Repair things, take photos, help with the website, make the tea and do the heavy lifting.   I have a creative side and enjoy making things with clay and wood when I get the time.  In my spare time I enjoy playing acoustic music with friends.

Tim likes:

campfires, building things,
drinking brandy and
playing Apalachian banjo music

Tim doesn't like:
nagging, the smell of lilies, sand on his feet.


Bookings by appointment.

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There is plenty of free parking on the street outside the studio for up to 3 hours with a parking disc. I have spare discs if you need one.



Please note that unfortunately we do not have a wheelchair accessible toilet as, once inside this old building the doorways are too narrow to get through.

This is a really fun Public 1 hour taster session, usually every Monday evening from 5 to 6pm and 7 to 8pm
It makes a great introduction for anyone wishing to explore the joys of the pottery wheel.  You will have a wibbly wobbly time making unique hand thrown pots.


Have fun and learn new skills in handbuilding or wheel throwing. Gather some friends and family for your own private Studio Time.

A perfect opportunity to explore your creative side, to celebrate a birthday or special occasion!

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Do you know someone who would enjoy a pottery experience?

Gift Certificate

(Exisitng gift vouchers have had the valid until date extended by 12 months.)

Pictures from Fancy Frog Instagram



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