Adult Pottery Lessons, Clay Workshops and Mould-Making Courses In Orpington, Kent
Pottery Classes and Members Studio in Orpington, Bromley
Clay Taster Workshops
Clay Taster Workshops are a fun way to try working with clay and make fantastic Experience Gifts. No experience is needed and all abilities are welcome, from complete beginners to experienced potters.
These one-off pottery workshops are run in small groups, up to eight people.
The workshops are different lengths, some are a few hours long, some are a full day, and some are a full weekend.
In a Clay Taster Workshop, you will start with a cup of tea and a biscuit of two, as Sophie gives a demonstration. You will be shown how to make pinch pots, coil pots or slab pots at the table. You will be guided step-by-step through construction, decoration and how to finish your pot. Then, once everyone has begun working on their projects, two or three people at a time will get to have a go on the potters wheel. Everyone will be shown step by step how to throw a pot on the wheel and how to shape your pot to make it unique.
These workshops are great fun, relaxed and everyone will make at least two different pieces of pottery, if not more.
At the end of your workshop...
You will be shown the studio glazes and you will get to choose one glaze for each piece you have made.
After the workshop...
Your work will be fired and glazed, ready for you to collect approximately 4 weeks later.
Everything will be provided for you - including tea, coffee and biscuits. Please bring a packed lunch with you on the longer workshops.
Dates are listed on the BOOK NOW Page
To find the dates and times of upcoming Workshops, go to the BOOK NOW page, look for the box towards the bottom of the page that says CLAY TASTER WORKSHOPS, click on it and it will show you a list of dates.
Introductory Pottery Courses
The Introductory Pottery Course is perfect for beginners who want to learn all stages of the pottery making process. The course runs each term, Spring, Summer and Autumn, and is split into 2 parts. Each part is 5 weeks long. All levels are welcome.
5 Weeks - This structured course will cover three different hand-building techniques including coiling, slab-building and pinch-pots, as well as different basic decoration techniques, how to apply glazes and also how to make your ceramics safe for firing. There will also be the chance to have a go on the wheel, but please note, this is not a throwing course.
5 Weeks - In Part 2, you will continue to build on the skills you have learnt in Part 1, developing techniques and finesse. You will learn how to use the studio moulds for dishes, bowls and plates. You will be taught new decoration techniques like inlaying, as well as using combustible materials. You can also choose which method of working you would prefer to focus on, and you can choose to work on larger projects that run across several classes. You can also revisit throwing on the wheel. You will learn how to approach your new projects, as well as problem solving to a greater level.
Anyone can book this course as a 5 Week Block! All levels welcome. For those who have already done a pottery course and wish to continue making and learning, you will continue to expand upon the your skills, learn new techniques and work on projects at your own speed.
You don't need to bring anything with you and there will be plenty of examples to give you inspiration if you are stuck for ideas.
Teas and coffees are provided.
Price: £150 for 5 Weeks (£10 per hour, 15 hours)
£300 for Part 1 and Part 2 (£10 per hour, 30 hours)
Please note: there is small additional charge for finished pieces based on weight. This is £6 per KG, or 60p per 100g and this is to cover the cost of glaze materials and firing.
Pottery Courses - Spring, Summer & Autumn Terms
Spring, Summer and Autumn Term Pottery Courses - 10 weeks
Courses run each school term - Spring, Summer and Autumn. They are 10 weeks long, with a break during half term in the middle. All classes are open to all abilities.
Beginners will learn all the basics on a structured Introductory course, (see Introductory Pottery Course page for more details)
Improvers will re-visit techniques they enjoyed and will explore new ways of creating. Improvers are also welcome to join the structured Introductory lessons with the new-comers to the studio.
Intermediates and Experienced potters are welcome on all courses, with the opportunity to work on your own projects at your own pace, as well as trying new techniques and developing skills.
The studio is stocked with five stoneware clay bodies, including smooth, flecked and crank bodies, black clay and porcelain. There is a good selection of stoneware glazes to choose from which are updated each term with new additions.
All materials and tools are provided, as well as tea and coffee.
Pay In 2 Instalments:
Please email Sophie to discuss this option.
Ten Week Course: £300 (£10 per hour, 30 hours total)
Please note, there is a small additional fee for finished fired work: £6 per kg, or 60p per 100g. This is to cover glaze material costs and firings. Porcelain and Black clay are a little more expensive.
See the Book Now page for all available courses.
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Mould-Making & Slip-Casting Workshops
The Plaster Mould-Making and Slip-Casting Workshops are designed for people with clay experience who want to expand their ceramic knowledge and skills. No experience of mould-making or slip-casting is required, but a general understanding of clay, its properties and glazing are important.
Beginners to plaster mould-making and casting will be guided step by step through each process. People who want to refresh their mould-making and casting skills are also welcome. The workshops will be tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Mould-Making - Prior to your workshop, Sophie will discuss with you your ideas and what you would like to achieve.
You will be taught the basics of plaster mould-making, how to set up your mould, how to correctly mix and pour plaster. These can be single piece moulds for slab work, drop-out-moulds and multiple piece moulds for casting. You will work on your plaster mould throughout the day, and finishing times will vary. Your moulds will need to be dried before use.
Slip-Casting - Sophie will explain to you how to slip-cast using your plaster moulds or the studio moulds. You will be shown different pouring techniques, how to colour your casting-slip, and different design and finishing techniques. You will also have the chance to try different ways of slip-casting using the studio moulds. This is a creative and fun workshop, focusing on design, with plenty of chances to experiment.
All materials are included in the price of the workshop, including porcelain casting slip.
Prices For One Person -
Mould-Making Day - £250 (approx 7 hours)
Slip-Casting Day - £250 (approx 6 hours)
Both Mould-Making and Slip-Casting - £450 (approx 14 hours total)
Two People Sharing -
Mould-Making Day - £200 per person (approx 7 hours)
Slip-Casting Day - £200 per person (approx 6 hours)
Both Mould-Making and Slip-Casting - £375 per person (approx 14 hours total)
Photos by Robbie Bryant
Pottery Throwing Workshops and Courses
Pottery Throwing Workshops
Ideal for beginners and people who want to improve their throwing technique or perhaps haven’t thrown in a while. You will be guided step-by-step through each hand movement to centre the clay on the wheel and then form it into a pot or bowl. The workshops move at a slow but steady pace, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident with each stage of the process. You will start working with a smooth clay, and you have the option to try working with a speckled clay after.
At the end of the workshop, you will choose which glazes you would like on each of your successful pots. Your pots will then be fired and glazed, ready for collection 3 to 4 weeks later.
All materials, teas, coffees and biscuits are provided.
Price for 3 hours - £80
Throwing on the potters wheel is great fun, messy and really satisfying. It is also very therapeutic - it calms busy minds, providing great relief from the stresses of day-to-day life.
Not suitable for experienced throwers.
Introductory Throwing Course
Perfect for beginners and people with basic throwing skills who want to improve, this course guides you through preparing the clay for throwing through to glazing your finished pots. Throwing on the wheel is great fun, completely absorbing and it really helps to calm the mind.
Over four classes, you will learn the basics of throwing. Two classes will be spent learning how to centre and produce cylinder and bowl forms. The third class will be spent learning how to turn in foot rings, how to add handles and add decoration. The fourth class will be spent learning how to glaze your finished pots.
Material fee - £6 per kg for finished fired pots. You only pay for finished pots.
Course fee - £150
Included in the price - 12 hours of teaching over 4 classes. There are only three spaces on this course, which means each student will get lots of help and support tailored to their specific needs.
Teas and coffees are provided. Please bring an old towel or cloth for your hands. Wear old clothes and shoes. Cut long nails short. Long hair needs to be tied back.
Summer Short Courses
The Summer Pottery Short Courses run throughout August. Each course is made up of four classes, running over four consecutive weeks.
Summer Short Course - A general pottery course covering different hand-building techniques and throwing on the potters wheel. You will be guided step-by-step through a couple of different hand-building techniques - slab-pots, pinch-pots, using studio moulds, coiling etc. You will learn different decoration techniques, including carving and printing onto the clay.
Summer Short Course Throwing on the Wheel - A pottery course focusing on throwing on the potters wheel and turning foot rings. You will learn how to centre the clay on the wheel, guided step-by-step through each hand-movement to create simple elegant forms. You will learn how to make pots and bowl shapes, how to add handles and decoration.
Glazing - The last class on all courses will be spent learning how to glaze the pots you have made. You will learn the basics of glaze technology, and how to create unique designs through different glazing techniques.
There is a small fee for materials, this is based on the weight of your work. It is £6 per kg - example - a small 300g bowl would cost £1.80.
All materials are provided for you, as well as teas, coffees and biscuits.
You do not need to bring anything with you, but please wear old clothes. No open-toe sandals or flip-flops please.
Each class is three hours long. Morning classes are at 10am - 1pm. Evening classes are at 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Summer Short Course - 8 places - £120
Summer Short Course Throwing on the Wheel - 4 places - £150
Booking is now open on the BOOK NOW page
Private Pottery Lessons
Private Pottery Lessons can be any length of time and they make a great experience gift.
The Clay Room can accommodate small groups up to 8 people, for birthdays, anniversaries, hen-do’s and family get-together’s. Suitable for all abilities including beginners.
On the day, you will be guided through one or two different techniques, depending on how long your workshop is. You decide whether you want to throw on the potters wheel or hand-build, or try a bit of both. Projects could include making pinch-pot mugs or jugs, making cylinder vases, or making a big family dish or fruit bowl. Throwing on the wheel is great fun and messy, and you will learn how to make simple bowl or pot shapes. The price of a private lesson includes pre-lesson preparation, the clay you use and glazes, two separate firings, and the additional time it takes to finish your pots.
Private Pottery Lesson Prices:
One person - £50 per hour
Two people sharing - £85 an hour
(Please note - a minimum of two hours booking is required for two or more Adults/Teens sharing a private lesson.)
Three people sharing - £120 per hour
Four people sharing - £135 per hour
Five people sharing - £150 per hour
For groups of 6 to 8 people sharing - £27 per person per hour.
Families with Young Children - You can book a workshop for 1.5 hours if 2 hours is too long for your little ones. It really does fly by very quickly.
What’s IncludedIn The Price
All materials are provided including clay and glaze materials, plus teas and coffees during the workshop. After the workshop, your thrown pots will have the bases tidied up and a foot-ring will be carved into the base. You work will then be dried out, fired in the kiln, then coated in a layer of glaze, and then fired again. Your work will be ready for your collection at a later date. Both firings take approximately 48 hours each to complete, and it can take up to 30 minutes to glaze a single piece of pottery.
Throwing On The Potters Wheel - Please say in your email how many people you would like to book for, and if you would all like to have a go at throwing. Sophie will then tell you how many hours would be best for your group/party.
For more information about Private Parties and Groups, email Sophie via the Contact page.