Private Booking: Two Hour Potter's Wheel Experience
2 Hour Potter's Wheel Experience
Duration: 2 hours
Participants: Up to 2 (4 by arrangement)
Includes: 1 electric pottery wheel per person, all materials, glazing and firing costs of one pot per person. (2 pots included if only one person attends the session)
Refreshments: Tea, coffee or squash
Dates: Please see the list of available dates at the bottom of this page. New dates are added periodically so please check back from time to time for updates.
This is an exclusive studio booking. You can choose to come on your own or come with a friend. The cost is £100.
This session lasts for 2 hours and makes a great introduction for those wishing to explore the joys of the pottery wheel.
It is possible to add extra participants (Max group size is 4) Each extra person is charged at £50.
Please message if you wish to add extra participants and we will send you a separate invoice for this.
Children are very welcome if accompanied by an adult. I have found that these sessions are most suited to children over the age of around 8/9 years, however I will happily accommodate younger children if you feel they will cope with the length of the session. I have one wheel suitable for smaller children. Please let me know if you will need the mini wheel before the session so I can get it ready for use.
What I’ll provide
An Apron (but please wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty!)
A drink of tea, coffee or squash
What to bring
A hair bobble to tie up long hair
Flat shoes are most comfortable
Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your session time.
Tip: Short fingernails are much easier to throw with.
There is 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.
What we’ll do
During the session you will use off-white stoneware clay to practise throwing your own small pots on the potter's wheel. You will see a demonstration of the Ram's Head kneading method and will then be guided step by step in how to:
form the clay into balls ready for throwing
centre the clay on the wheel
open out the clay
pull up the walls
alter the shape from a cylinder into a vase or a dish
add a touch of colour using ‘slip’
At the end of the session you can choose your favourite pot for me to glaze and fire.
The Drying, Glazing and Firing Process
After approximately 24 hours, your pot will be carefully removed from the wooden bat when it is firm enough to lift without distorting the shape. The bottom of your pot will be tidied up and sponged smooth to remove any rough edges left from throwing and your name and the date will be scribed onto the base.
It will then be left for several days to thoroughly dry out.
When we have enough pots to fill the kiln, your pot will be loaded carefully into the bisque kiln for the first firing. Once cooled, the pot will be washed to remove dust and salts and will then be left to dry for 24 hours.
When dry, the base is dipped in hot wax and it is then coated in a clear glossy glaze. The glaze covered pot is then left again to dry for about 2 days.
When dry, it is checked over and any drips are carefully removed. The base is wiped to make sure no glaze is present and it is then fired for a second time.
Your pot will be in the kiln for about 4 days in total and will be ready to collect around 6 weeks later.
This process can not be rushed. We will contact you when your pots are ready to collect or post.
Every care is taken to handle and fire your work well, however sometimes faults e.g. cracks or blemishes can occur in a piece either in the drying or firing stage. The very nature of handmade pottery means that results are not always as expected.
For example, beginner pots, where the walls or base is of uneven thickness are more prone to cracking.
If we find a glaze issue, sometimes popping it back in the kiln for a third firing can help to resolve it. This may mean your pots can take longer than expected. So please be patient :)
Additional pots: If you can't bear to part with your other practice pots, I can fire and glaze additional pots for £5 per pot.
Postage: If you are unable to collect your handy work, I can package and post a single pot for £5 to any mainland UK address. If you have more than one pot I can post your parcel (up to a weight of 10kg) for £10. For a group of up to 4 people's pots packaged in the same box going to the same delivery address the cost is still £10 if it is within the 10 kg weight limit e.g. approx 4/5 pots per person for a group of 4)
(Overseas postage can be arranged - prices on request)
Any extra costs need to be paid at the end of the session please by cash or card.
I will wrap pots very carefully and do my best to get them to you in one piece. Please understand though, that I have no control once they are in the courier's hands. There is no insurance for posting pottery so the pots are sent at your risk. Please understand that I can not be held responsible for any damages. Unless arrangements have been made, any pots not collected within 2 months will sadly have to be disposed of, as I simply do not have space to store items indefinitely. Thank you for your understanding.