Clay Workshops in Scarborough, North Yorkshire


The studio is currently closed to visitors as a result of the pandemic. 
However, to help keep the wheels turning, we are now offering a potter's wheel hire package delivered to your door for you to have a go at throwing pots in the comfort of your own home. 
Maybe you would like to take a wheel for a spin?

We are very much hoping that we will be opening up again for pottery classes from the 17th May (following covid secure guidelines) when the other leisure activities are allowed to re-open.  This will of course be subject to change and depend on whether the government timescale goes to plan. (Our fingers are crossed tightly). 
Workshops will be restarting cautiously (hopefully from 17th May) with private bookings of either one to one or 2 people to allow for physical distancing (unless participants are from the same household).
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 between 8:30am and 5:30pm (last booking 4pm) Book here
  • Private Potter's Wheel Experience (2 hours)
Dates/times by arrangement Book here
Other public classes will be available to book as soon as all the other restrictions have been lifted.
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.

If you have bought a gift voucher, please don't worry as workshops can be booked in when the studio re-opens.  All existing gift vouchers will be valid for a further 12 months from the date of re-opening.
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 in the future.
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 1 hour taster session, usually every Monday evening from 7pm 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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