Fancy Frog Pottery, 133 Dean Road Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7JH

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Clay Workshops in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Established in 2018, Fancy Frog Pottery is an independent pottery studio in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

The studio is run by Louisa Riley and situated on the corner of Beechville Avenue and Dean Road,
a short walk from the beautiful north bay beaches.


The studio is currently set up to be a wet clay teaching space. 


Pottery workshops are available by appointment.

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Have a go at throwing your own pots on the potter's wheel.

Come along for a potters's wheel taster experience, book a day on the wheel or a 5 week course for more indepth tuition.

Have fun and learn new skills in a 'Taste of Clay' hand building workshop.  Alternatively gather some friends and family for your own private Group Play with Clay

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

Do you know someone who has always wanted a go on a potter's wheel?

Gift Cards are available and they make a great present.


Established in November 2018, Fancy Frog Pottery is an independent pottery studio run by Louisa Riley. 

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


The Fancy Frog Pottery is set up to be a working pottery where Louisa works to create her ceramic art and functional  ceramic items.  The studio also has a dedicated clay teaching space in what was once a traditional corner shop.  The light and airy room is equiped with five electric pottery wheels one being a table top wheel. Other equipment includes a wall mounted extruder, a slab roller and various tools for hand modelling and decoration.

If you fancy having a go at either hand building or the potter's wheel, the studio is open for bookings by prior arrangement.


My name is  Louisa Riley.

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


I have loved working with clay for as long as I can remember and have very fond memories of my early exploration with modelling clay and dough as a child. I have always gravitated towards arts and crafts and love showing people the possibilities and joy of playing with clay.  I have worked with children for many years as an art play worker, teacher and then a home educator where I have had the pleasure of helping my own children and many of their friends develop their own enjoyment of art and craft activities through my home education classes.

Recently for my own work I have been focusing on throwing on the wheel, mugs, jugs bowls etc... I have been exploring different decorating techniques and particularly enjoy working with coloured clay slips.  My hand built pieces are often whimsical or inspired by folklore from ancient traditions and cultures.  I find myths and legends very appealing and inspirational.  As a teenager I travelled to a number of interesting places including China, Egypt, Mexico and several eastern European countries which influenced me greatly and I often find my work showing hints of the traditional works from these cultures.  

I call my studio the "Fancy Frog Pottery" because I just love frogs....hence my kiln being named "Old Croaky" too.


Bookings by appointment.


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.

Pictures from Fancy Frog Instagram


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