The Home educating community is very important to me. I home educated my three kids from the start until they all recently went to college. I have a lot of respect for families who choose this approach. My kids are all now at college, but I am passionate about still keeping involved in the community. One way I do this is by supporting home ed. families where I can with creative pottery classes as well as providing a place for parents to relax and have a cuppa whilst their kids are engaged in creative clay activities.
For years I have enjoyed sharing my love of clay with my kids and their friends and feel privileged to continue to offer something back to the home ed. community.
I am offering fun and practical, hands on classes, designed especially for families who are Home Educating to provide engaging, creative learning in a supportive enviroment. In small groups, the children will learn to make functional pottery and decorative craft items from scratch themselves using real clay that will be fired in the kiln for durability (not air dry clay).
Sessions are relaxed and friendly catering for up to 8 children on most occasions.
Clay is a tactile material which enables children of any age and ability to learn skills and develop at their own pace in a calm and enjoyable way. Everyone can achieve and benefit from working with this natural and non toxic material which has been engaging makers for over 20,000 years!
Each workshop begins with a demonstration by me on how to make a pre-determined outcome – every session covers a different subject e.g; slab technique, pinch pottery and coiling or mould work. After the demonstration it is over to the kids to get making and sculpting, bringing their creations to life.
Their clay creations are then finished off with some coloured underglaze paints if they wish. Then after the session the pieces will be fired twice in the kiln, once to turn the clay into pottery (bisque) and then again to glaze (make shiny) The pottery will be ready for collection about 4-6 weeks later.
The home education classes run for approximately 1.5 hours and usually cost £12 per child (cost will depend on the activity involved). I will need a minimum of 4 kids to enable the class to run. The sessions are suitable for children between 4-16 years old, please support children under 7 years.
For all workshops, parents are asked to wait whilst the session is running and help yourselves to a cuppa from the kitchen. This is a good time to have a break and a natter whilst your kids are making and learning :) Waiting space is however limited, so if you have a huge brood of extra kids who are not joining in with the session, please arrange some childcare for them.
If your child/children would prefer to have you join in with them during a home education session that is fine and one parent per family is welcome to take part in the session for a slightly discounted place, again this price depends on the activity ( there are limited adult spaces available on a first come first served basis) You can of course stay with your child without making anything and simply help them and this does not cost you anything, however space is limited and so the children and paying parents will of course have priority seating for the making space.
Some sessions will be aimed at older home educated kids and some aimed at the younger age ranges.
Private groups can also be catered for see the 'Private Handbuilding Workshop' for this option.
Sometimes I will also offer less directed sessions or “play with clay” type sessions which can cater for up to a maximum of 12 children. These sessions are very informal and allow for participants to experiment with their own ideas to make whatever they fancy (within reason). More details will be added soon for this option.
If there is enough interest I will be happy to run blocks of weekly sessions, organised and booked in blocks of 6 weeks (the price for this will differ from the price stated above)
Spaces are limited on the workshops, so all places are booked on a first come first served basis. I am therefore unable to reserve places without payment and can not guarantee that I will allow extra participants to join in on the day as it will depend on space and whether I have enough resources prepared. I usually close the booking site for a particular workshop at 7pm the night before so that I know in advance how many I will have at a session. This allows me time to prepare resources and sufficient seating for the session the next day.
Please do make sure you arrive on time to all of the sessions, preferably a few minutes early as it is disruptive to the other potters if you arrive late and it doesn’t help my session to run smoothly and to time if I have to explain things all over again.
I have one loo, but unfortunately it is not suitable for anyone needing wheelchair access as the doorways are sadly just not wide enough.
I hope to see you at one of the home ed. workshops soon :)