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News and Events

 New Opportunities coming in 2017!

For local and international artists, and students,


New Course Dates - Claire Henry's Beginners Wheel-Throwing Course 

Tuesday June 20th - August 1st, 6.30-9pm. See below...


NEW - For April and May 2017 - RAKU WORKSHOPS! 





WORKSHOPS & EVENING CLASSES  See below for all details...

Raku Workshops - handbuilding, glazing and raku firing

Throwing course with Jonathan Wade - Monday evenings

Throwing courses with Claire Henry - working on the potter's wheel - Tuesday and Wednesday evenings

Saturday and Weekend day throwing workshops 

Hand building course with Louise McVey - Tuesday evenings

Hand building course with Alison Gray - Thursday Evenings

Hand building course with Melanie O'Donnell - Friday Evenings

Private classes and studio open access for experienced artists 

Pottery taster sessions and private classes using hand building techniques

Pottery taster sessions and private classes on the potter's wheel 









Beginners Wheel-Throwing Course

Summer Session




With Claire Henry
Tuesdays 6.30pm - 9pm
The course runs for 7 weeks starting Tuesday 20th June, finishing 1st August (with no breaks).
Price: £200. A £50 deposit is required with the remaining £150 to be paid by 19th June.

Includes: All materials, glazing and firing.


The course will cover the basics of wheel throwing: forming the clay on the wheel, pulling up the walls, creating a cylinder shape and continuing on to bottles, plates, bowls and other shapes.


Students will learn how to trim/turn the pieces to define the shape and take weight off the base, decorate with slips and under-glazes with various techniques, and do a final glaze on everything you create.


I have a large pallet of colours to choose from. All materials, kiln firings and tools will be provided as well as towels. I ask each student to come with an apron or clothing which they don't mind getting dirty (the clay will wash out, but you will get messy).


To secure a place please contact Claire at clairehenryceramics@gmail.com - places fill quickly so early booking is recommended.














An introduction to raku firing. Make your own pinch pots and discover the excitement of a raku firing - no throwing skills necessary!


In the Japanese tradition of raku, tea bowls are often made using a pinch and carving technique. You'll be making simple tea bowls or cups using this basic method in the first workshop. After your work is dried and bisque fired (over a two week period) you'll return to glaze and fire them - raku style. So called 'Western' raku is a faster method of firing than the traditional Japanese method, giving the same exciting but more instant results.


Price: £80.00 per person (£30.00 deposit)

Includes all materials, glazes and firings

Tea, coffee and biscuits

Maximum 6 places


Workshop I

Saturday April 22nd (2-4pm hand building) & Sunday May 7th (10am-2pm glazing & raku firing) 


Workshop II

Sunday May 14th (11am-1pm hand building) & Sunday May 28th (10am-2pm glazing & raku firing) 


BOTH COURSES ARE FULLY BOOKED. Email me for waiting list and future dates: nickyhenderson1@gmail.com









Monday evenings, 7pm - 9:30pm

Jonathan Wade's new Monday evening throwing course will cover the basics and more advanced techniques of wheel-made ceramics.
This course is suitable both for beginners, and also for people who are
have had some previous experience with throwing and would like to
improve their skills. Throughout the course you will be using white
earthenware clay and will be able to chose from a basic palette of
glazes. Each participant will be seated at their own dedicated pottery
wheel in the studio.

The course will begin with foundation
skills like wedging and centering, before progressing onto different
aspects of throwing such as:

- Focusing on particular shapes like plates, bowls etc.
- Trimming or turning 'foot rings' on forms
- Throwing and joining
- Making lids 

Course starts: 20th February 2017
Times: Mondays, 7pm-9:30pm
Duration: 7 weeks
Course cost: £200 per person (all materials and firings included)
Deposit: £30
Teacher: Jonathan Wade
Contact:jonathan (dot) wade (at) network (dot) rca (dot) ac (dot) uk







Friday evenings, 7pm - 9pm

Melanie O'Donnell's new Friday evening hand building course will cover a range of techniques and decorating methods, and you will be encouraged to follow your imagination!

Course starts: January 2017
Times: Fridays, 7pm-9pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Course cost: £145 per person (all materials and firings included)
Deposit: £30
Teacher: Melanie O'Donnell
Contact:melodee64 (at) googlemail (dot) com or 07723 418 668









Alison Gray

Thursday evenings, 7pm - 9pm

Start Date: 23rd February 2017
Times: Thursdays,  7pm- 9pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Course cost: £145 per person (all materials and firings included)
Deposit: £30
Teacher: Alison Gray

Contact:  alisonw.gray@gmail.com     or     07908208466 

Alison's class is a six week course suitable for both beginners and experienced students.  In a relaxed atmosphere we  discover the various hand building techniques.  Using slips the pieces are decorated and then covered in a clear glaze.

Guidance and individual support will be given as you are creating your own personal project, large or small 

If you would like to reserve a place on this course as a gift for a family member or friend, gift vouchers are available. 

Materials used - red earthenware and school buff clay, a variety of coloured slips and clear glaze.










The Saturday & Weekend Day Throwing workshops are relaxed sessions for both beginners and those with more experience, with the intention of giving support to individual development, and offering time to develop consistency in technique.

Weekend Workshops:

Workshop 1:
Date: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017 (1 space left)
Times: 10am till 4pm (with one hour lunch break)
Cost: £110 per person (firings and materials included)
Deposit: £30

Workshop 2:
Date: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March 2017 (2 spaces left)
Times: 10am till 4pm (with one hour lunch break)
Cost: £110 per person (firings and materials included)
Deposit: £30

Teacher: Louise McVey

Contact:louise _a_ mcvey (at) yahoo (dot) com or  07504 233 990



Workshop 1:
Date: Saturday 1st April 2017 (2 spaces left)
Times: 10am till 4pm (with one hour lunch break)
Cost: £65 per person (firings and materials included)
Deposit: £20

Teacher: Louise McVey

Contact:louise _a_ mcvey (at) yahoo (dot) com or 07504 233 990

You can reserve your place with a £20 deposit for a Saturday workshop or £30 deposit for the weekend workshop. Deposits can be paid by cash, cheque or BACS and gift vouchers are also available. For more information, please get in touch with Louise McVey using the contact details above. 

If you would like to be on the Day and Weekend workshop email list, please contact Louise McVey on louise_a_mcvey (at) yahoo (dot) com or 07504 233 990. 

These popular workshops are usually offered on a monthly basis. If the above advertised workshops are fully booked please get in touch with Louise McVey for upcoming dates.





with Louise McVey

Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 9pm

Six weeks in hand building techniques from coiling to slab-building. Suitable for beginners and more advanced students. Louise is happy to support ideas/wishes on an individual basis where possible. Materials used include red and white earthenware clays, underglaze stains, oxides and coloured slips.

Start date: March/April 2017
Times: 7pm - 9pm Tuesday evenings
Duration: 6 weeks
Course cost: £145 per person (all materials and firings included)
Deposit: £30
Teacher: Louise McVey

Contact:louise_a_mcvey (at) yahoo (dot) com





Try your hand at the potter's wheel!


Pottery Taster Sessions 
Private Classes and Workshops 

Ever fancied a go on the potter's wheel? Why not book a two hour pottery taster session? It's a great way to relax with friends and family while trying your hand at something different. Family groups with children and community groups are always welcome. A taster session can be a great treat to celebrate someone's birthday or even an upcoming wedding.

And of course, if it's just something you would like to try as a treat for yourself, one to one taster sessions are also available. 

The price of each session includes all materials, glazes and firings and all tools and equipment are provided. You can make as much work as you like during the workshop, and after glazing and firing it will be yours to take home with you. The glazes used are food safe.  Your finished work will be ready to collect three to four weeks after your taster session, or it can be posted to you.

Pottery taster sessions are available at different times during the week and weekends with Louise McVey or Ruth Impey.

For inquires and bookings please contact:

Louise McVey: louise_a_mcvey (at) yahoo (dot) com or 07504 233 990
Ruth Impey: ruth (at) rahapottery (dot) com or 07717 776 803


Private Classes 

Private classes with one of our experienced resident artists and teachers are a great way to expand your skills if you have already done some hand building or throwing and would like private lesson(s) to learn some new techniques or create more challenging work.  

Private classes with one to one tuition and custom tuition for groups can be booked at any time to suit your schedule. These can be taken as a one-off or as a series of classes to guide you through the entire process of making, turning, decorating, firing and glazing ceramic work. 

For more information on private classes please contact:

Louise McVey on louise_a_mcvey (at) yahoo (dot) com or 07504 233 990

Ruth Impey on: ruth (at) rahapottery (dot) com or 07717 776 803


Private classes in hand building techniques are available if you wish to improve your techniques or require assistance with a specific project:

For more information on this option please contact:

alisonw.gray@gmail.com or 07908208466


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