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 Six Week Handbuilding Evening Course - with Melanie O'Donnell

See below for details... 


Raku Courses - with Nicola Henderson

See below for course dates...


Throwing Course - with Jonathan Wade

September course full. New pre-Christmas course dates coming very soon


Handbuilding Course - with Alison Gray

Thursday evenings, 31st August until 5th October, 2017, see below for more details... 


 Associate Member Schemes

For local artists, pottery enthusiasts and sculptors,


Introducing exciting plans for 2018! 

 Ceramics graduate internship,

Annual Residency for internationally based ceramic artists,




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 (Louise is currently on maternity leave).

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 













Melanie O'Donnell is running a hand building evening class from the 8th September for 6 weeks. You will learn about several hand building techniques, furnishing you with the skills to tackle your own projects and exercise your creative imagination!


The cost is £145, including all materials and firings, and a £30 deposit secures a place.
Please phone or email Melanie on: 00723418668 or melodee64@googlemail.com










New Raku Course Dates

Hand build your own pots and discover the excitement of a raku firing!


You'll be making at least one pinch pot and a Japanese carved tea bowl in the first workshop. After your work is dried and bisque fired (over a two week period) you'll return to glaze and raku fire them. So called 'Western' raku employs a fast method of firing and produces more unpredictable and colourful results than the traditional Japanese method.

Price: £90 per person


  • all materials, glazes and firings

  • tea, coffee, biscuits

  • maximum 6 people

  • suitable for beginners as well as those with experience


Course I

Sunday 27th August, 2-4pm - handbuilding

Sunday 10th September, 10am-2pm - glazing & raku firing

Fully booked


Course II

Saturday 16th September, 2-4pm - handbuilding

Sunday 1st October, 10am-2pm - glazing & raku firing

Fully booked


Course III

Sunday 24th September, 2-4pm - handbuilding

Sunday 15th October, 10am-2pm - glazing & raku firing

Two places available


Course IV

Saturday 14th October, 2-4pm - handbuilding

Sunday 29th October, 10am-2pm - glazing & raku firing

Five places available 


 To Book: email nickyhenderson1@gmail.com or text 07711 579131















Alison Gray
Thursday Evenings, 7pm-9pm


Start date: 31st August, 2017
End date: 5th October, 2017
Times: Thursdays, 7pm-9pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Course cost: £145 per person (all materials and firings included)
Deposit: £30
Contact: alisonw.gray@gmail.com or 07908 208 466


Alison's Thursday evening class is a six week course suitable for both beginners and experienced students wishing to improve their techniques.
In a relaxed atmosphere you will be encouraged to follow your own projects through the various hand building techniques.
Using slips the pieces can be decorated and then covered in a clear glaze.
Guidance and individual support will be given as you create 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: Terracotta,white earthenware and school buff clay,
Decoration: A variety of coloured slips and clear glaze.












with Jonathan Wade 


September course full. New pre-Christmas course dates coming soon.

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: 4th September, 2017 until 23rd October (with a break on 25th Sept)

Times: Mondays, 7pm-9:30pm

Duration: 7 weeks
Course cost: £200 per person (all materials and firings included)
Deposit: £30 (non-refundable)
Teacher: Jonathan Wade













 Claire Henry's 

Beginners Wheel-Throwing Course

Summer Session





Check back in August for details of Claire's Autumn Throwing Courses













Re-starting end of August, 2017

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)


Teacher:Melanie O'Donnell Contact: melodee64@googlemail.com or 07723 418 668











 Louise McVey's







Louise is currently on maternity leave.


If you would like to be added to her mailing list for Autumn/Winter 2017, please email her at louise_a_mcvey@yahoo.com



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.





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 a one to one taster session is £95 (for each additional person add on £25.00), and we can take a maximum of 8 people. The session lasts two hours and includes all materials, glazes and firings. 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. You should generally expect to wait about three to four weeks before your work will be ready to collect. Alternatively we can also post it to you.  

For inquires and bookings please contact:

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

Pottery taster sessions are available at different times during the week and weekends.


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:


Ruth Impey on: ruth@rahapottery.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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