Welcome to the Studio...

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

We specialise in tutoring beginner pottery wheel skills for fun and to get you started on your journey with exploring clay.

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.


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.


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

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

You can come along to learn how to throw on the wheel.

Coming soon.....  learn from a selection of basic hand building techniques using coil, pinch and slab techniques.


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

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Various public classes are scheduled throughout the year.  Book a place on the weekly one hour potter's wheel taster session, a full day on the wheel, or a five week throwing course to develop your skills further.

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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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