Welcome to the Studio...

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


We specialise in tutoring individuals, or small groups of up to four people in beginner pottery wheel skills for fun and to get you started on your journey with exploring clay.

The majority of the workshops are booked privately for individuals or small groups of family or friends.  Occasionally we will run public sessions e.g. a 'Five Week Course' or a public 'Day on the Wheel'.  These will be listed on the website when available to book.

As well as providing workshops, we also hire pottery wheels for those who would like to enjoy developing their skills in the comfort of their own home. Please see our 'Wheel at Home Package' for details.



Please browse this site to see what we are currently offering and feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

About Us


Louisa Riley

Pottery Tutor and maker

I am responsible for teaching all of the sessions at the studio. I love sharing my pottery passion with others.  I'm a qualified teacher with a degree in art and design.  For me, playing with clay is the perfect hobby and 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, keep the equipment in good working order and help with website.  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.

The studio was once a traditional corner shop and makes a lovely cosy teaching space.

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


If you are wishing to visit, please contact us first to check we are on-site and available as we do not operate with regular opening hours.



We are open by appointment for workshops from the start of February until mid December. 

Workshops can be booked for a mutually convenient date and time on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the morning or the afternoon. Please note it is worth booking well in advance as dates fill up quickly, especially Saturdays.

Winter Break: We close for our winter break on the 18th December 2021 and reopen again on 1st February 2022.


 Please read our updated ( covid secure guidelines) before making a booking so you know what to expect.


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

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Come on your own, with a friend or gather some friends and family for your own private booking.

Experience throwing on the wheel for fun in a short taster session or spend a bit longer with a two hour potter's wheel experience, a full day on the wheel or even individual tuition.

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

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Do you know someone who would enjoy a pottery experience?

Gift Certificate

Gift purchases are valid for 12 months.

Pictures from Fancy Frog Instagram



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