Evening Classes

 

A fun and relaxing evening making with clay, return the following month to paint your creations.

£35 per person for 2 sessions
 

 

Session 1    Claywork    3rd Thursday of the month

 
 

Session 2    Decoration   1st Thursday of the month *

 

 

* Please note payment is taken at the time of booking. Changes to the booking or refunds are only given with 5 days notice.
 

The Great Pottery Throw Down has encouraged us all to experiment and get messy with clay.  Join a small group on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month have fun and produce your own ceramic masterpieces.


Holly Johns

Meet your host for the evening - Holly Johns

Recent graduate of 3D Design and Craft at the University of Brighton - with first class honours no less!

Holly is particularly passionate about coiling and throwing, although as long as there's clay involved she's happy! You can see more of her work here.


 Choose your session:

 

Learn to make a hot chocolate mug and biscuit plate

Thursday 16th November,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

We're mixing throwing and pulling handles (that's the bit you saw on the throw down that makes everyone giggle) to create your cup and plate set, perfect for those cosy evenings in. Holly will demonstrate both techniques, plus extra tips and tricks for embellishing. Then it’s your turn!

Thursday 7th December, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples.

*Due to popular demand we will be running another 'Learn to make a hot chocolate mug and biscuit plate' session on Thursday 19th October, 6:30-9:30pm alongside the 'Surface decoration' session. You can book as normal with the form below.


Our much anticipated 2018 sessions have just launched below!

If you'd like to give someone the gift of making, you can purchase gift vouchers in the shop or over the phone.


Learn to make a salad bowl and serving spoons

Thursday 18th January,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

You'll be learning slab building and hand modelling to create your perfect salad bowl and serving spoons, ideal for those lighter meals if you're still feeling stuffed from Christmas! Holly will demonstrate both techniques, plus extra tips and tricks for embellishing. Then it’s your turn!

Thursday 1st February, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples.


Learn to make a mug and drip coffee set

Thursday 15th February,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

This session is a coffee lovers dream! Learn a fusion of slab building and coiling techniques, plus the infamous handle pulling (that's the bit you saw on the throw down that makes everyone giggle) to create this adorable set.  

Thursday 1st March, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples.

Made by @kchossack_pottery - have a look at her instagram!

Made by @kchossack_pottery - have a look at her instagram!


A simple set by @madrigueraworkshop we'll be aiming for bigger bowls!

A simple set by @madrigueraworkshop we'll be aiming for bigger bowls!

Learn to make a breakfast set - mug, bowl and plate.

Thursday 15th March,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

You'll learn skills galore in this stonker of a session! We're mixing throwing, slab building, press moulding and pulling handles (that's the bit you saw on the throw down that makes everyone giggle) to create your breakfast set, perfect for a lazy Sunday morning treat breakfast. Holly will demonstrate both techniques, plus extra tips and tricks for embellishing. Then it’s your turn!

Thursday 5th April, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples.


The bird seems happy with this feeder by Cheryl Wolff

The bird seems happy with this feeder by Cheryl Wolff

Learn to make a bird feeder

Thursday 19th April,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Put your handbuilding techniques to the test with this wonderful workshop making a bird feeder from slabs that your feathered friends will love!

Holly will demonstrate all the skills you'll need, plus extra tips and tricks for embellishing. Then it’s your turn!

We've had lots of interest in this session already, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Thursday 3rd May, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples. 

Fact of the day: Not only can birds can see more colours than us, they can also see colours that are invisible to humans (a great excuse to really go to town on the painting!).


A matching set of bowls by @sheldonceramics

A matching set of bowls by @sheldonceramics

Learn to make a set of tapas and nibbles bowls

Thursday 17th May,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

A throwing and pinching focused session, to create a  simple and stylish set of small bowls, thinking ahead to nibbles in the garden on a warm summer's evening. Holly will demonstrate both techniques, plus extra tips and tricks for embellishing. Then it’s your turn!

Thursday 7th June, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples.


@thimbleberry_pottery has some great examples

@thimbleberry_pottery has some great examples

Learn to make a colander

Thursday 21st June,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

You'll be learning slab building, coiling and a little bit of handle pulling to create your colander. The holes are not only functional for drainage, they're also key design elements if you create patterns and shapes with them. Holly will demonstrate key techniques, plus extra tips and tricks for embellishing. Then it’s your turn!

Thursday 5th July, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples.


A carefully thought out toothbrush holder from MudsEvolutionPottery.

A carefully thought out toothbrush holder from MudsEvolutionPottery.

Learn to make bathroom accessories - toothbrush holder and soap dish

Thursday 19th July,­ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Try out throwing and slab building to make a toothbrush holder and soap dish. Making your own means you can make them to meet all your individual needs... Got a certain spot picked out for your soap dish? Bring measurements to make sure it fits! Or make enough holes in your toothbrush holder for all the family.

Thursday 2nd August, 6pm - Decorate your pottery

You will return to decorate your pieces after they have been fired.  We have lots of inspiration and images to trace.  Alternatively look on Pinterest for more examples.


* If you cannot make your assigned painting session, there will be the option to decorate your pieces with coloured slips on the day you make them. Please let Holly know at the start of your session, or mention it to us when you book.


Book your session:

 

To book your place, please complete the form below and we'll be in touch.

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FIRING YOUR THROWN OR HAND BUILT POTS

Please be aware that sometimes clay fired items can break or at worse explode in the kiln.  We try to control for these events but it is not always possible.  It is the charm but also the frustration of working with ceramics.