Clay Workshops in Scarborough, North Yorkshire


The studio is currently closed to visitors as a result of the pandemic. 
However, we are currently offering a potter's wheel hire package delivered to your door, to help keep the wheels turning and stave off boredom during this current lockdown. 
Maybe you would like to take a wheel for a spin?

We are very much hoping that we will be opening up again for classes from mid May when the other leisure activities are allowed to re-open.  This will of course depend on whether the government timescale goes to plan and also whether we have received the vaccine by then. Fingers crossed (tightly). I will be restarting cautiously with private bookings of either 1:1 or 2 people to allow for social distancing and introduce group bookings and public sessions as soon as all the other restrictions have been lifted. Thanks for your understanding.
Studio Update: The teaching space is currently being refurbished with better ventilation, some new pottery wheels and redecoration ready for when we can open.
Shop News:The webshop is soon to be updated with various pottery items made during the last year. 

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

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:  
staying up late, caravan holidays, 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, 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. (currently suspended)


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.

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.

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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!

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.)


Upcoming Events

  • A Day on the Wheel £70 - CANCELLED
    23 May 2020, 10:00 – 16:30
    fancyfrogpottery, 133 Dean Road, Scarborough, UK
    A one day hands on mini course in traditional wheel throwing techniques. A great intoduction to the potter's wheel for beginners.
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Fancy Frog Pottery, 133 Dean Road Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7JH   01723 370808

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