The Clay Room UK
All courses are for over 16's. Children and teens are welcome on Clay Taster Workshops when accompanied by an adult.
Please wear old clothes and shoes. No sandals!
The workshop is in an old farm building, if it is cold outside, please wear layers!
Drinks bottles with lids are best! There will be time for tea and coffee during every class. There is a place to wash up and clean your hands, if you want to bring snacks.
No alcohol is allowed on the premises under any circumstances.
The Clay Room UK reserves the right to cancel classes and workshops if there are insufficient numbers - but Sophie will do her best to offer an alternative or offer a full refund.
Gift Certificates can be made out for a monetary value or for a specific workshop or course. The are non-refundable, and they must be used before the expiry date. They are interchangeable between any workshop or course, and you can top up the amount with cash if you would like to use it on something more expensive. If the workshop you choose is cheaper than the specified gift certificate amount, no change will be given.
Frequently Asked Questions ...
How much does a class or workshop cost?
All Up to Date Prices are listed on the Book Now page and on the Classes pages. The Book Now page is an interactive calendar that gives you all the dates of upcoming workshops and courses, where they are located, the times and prices. Prices for Private Classes are listed on the Private Pottery Lessons page.
I am coming to a Clay Taster Workshop - Can I take my work home on the day?
No, your work will need to be fired and glazed to be finished properly. It will be ready for you to collect in a few weeks.
Throwing on the wheel -
Long hair needs to be tied back and nails cut short. You can't throw a pot with long nails/fake nails.
How long until I get my work back?
This usually takes between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on how long it takes to dry your work out completely and for the two separate firings to be completed.
Why does it take so long?
Depending on the temperature outside and inside the studio, your work can take a long time to dry out completely. It cannot go into the kiln before it is dry, as it can cause your work to explode and the water damages the heating elements. Once your work is dry, it will be a bisque fired to 1000oC which can take up to 48 hours to fire and cool. Your work will then be glazed, and then it will be fired again to a higher temperature. Again this can take up to 48hours. The kiln will only be turned on once it is full, this is better for the environment.
Will you contact me when my work is finished?
Yes, I will email you once your work is ready to collect.
Can I use the Pottery Wheel on the workshop I am booked on to?
Yes, on Clay Taster Workshops. (excluding mould-making, slip-casting and digital transfer workshops)
Can I use the Wheel on the course I am booked on to?
Yes. There are three wheels, they are reserved on a first come first serve basis. If there is more than three of you who want to use the wheel, time will be split as fairly as possible.
I've been throwing for a long time, can you teach me?
I can help you refresh your skills on the wheel, suggest possible alternatives and help you problem solve issues you are having. I can point you in the direction of good throwing teachers specifically for advanced lessons.
What happens if I miss a class? Can I catch up another time?
If you are booked onto a course and you need to miss a class, you can usually catch up another time. This is not a guarantee, and you cannot carry missed classes over onto a different course. The missed class can only be made up during the course you are booked onto.