Potclays Events

Courses & Workshops

Potclays has hosted a comprehensive programme of courses & workshops covering many aspects of ceramics for over 35 years, attracting a wide audience ranging from the complete beginner to professional practitioners. Many of our courses are especially useful to teachers, tutors and technicians working in primary, secondary, further & higher education. We carefully select the most respected, knowledgeable and qualified hosts to present our courses and seminars. We are proud to announce that in 2016 Potclays was awarded the CraftCourses.com Platinum Certificate of Excellence for our programme of courses & workshops.

Scroll down to see a summary of our upcoming courses

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Ceramic Fairs

Potclays attend numerous ceramics fairs and shows each year, selling goods to exhibitors and visitors at special show prices. Due to space limitations, we are only able to bring a selected range of goods from our vast portfolio for display at the show. We can however bring along orders on a transport free-of-charge basis (space allowing) as long as they are placed at least one week before the start of the show. In 2018, Potclays will be attending the following ceramics shows. Please note the last order dates for free delivery to the show:

Potfest Scotland | Scone Palace, Perth | 8-10 June (last orders Fri 1 June)

Art in Clay Hatfield | Hatfield House, Herts. | 17-19 August (last orders Fri 10 Aug)

Art in Clay Farnham | Farnham Maltings, Farnham | 17-18 November (last orders Fri 9 Nov)

Sale Events & Open Days

We usually hold two showroom sale events each year - one in February and the other in late September/early October, to coincide with our Annual Open Day. Our Open Day is a unique opportunity to see our working factory and find out where your clay comes from. We also run exciting hands on activities and mini-workshops. Sign up to our mailing list to stay informed.

Please take a look at our Events Calendar below. Remember to keep checking back for new information in this calendar, or you can add this calendar to your own Google calendar using the button on the bottom right.

Basic Throwing with Jon French

Basic Throwing

Start Dates: 22nd January & 23rd January

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1

NEW

Price: £245

 

Title Basic Throwing
Host/s Jon French
Duration 2 days
Month JANUARY 2018
Date/s Monday 22 - Tuesday 23
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

An outstandingly popular two-day basic level course covering the basics of throwing using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. On the first day you will learn to wedge, knead, centre and throw. Jon will show you the basic techniques needed for different thrown forms such as cylinders, vases, bowls and platters. You will learn how to apply pattern directly to the thrown surface and how different hand tools can be used effectively for this purpose. On the second day you will learn to 'turn' and refine your leatherhard pots using various hand tools.

After 29 years of working for Wedgwood, Jon French is now running his own business from the historic surroundings of Middleport Pottery. He has demonstrated the skills and gift of a master craftsman to department stores such as Harrods, London and department stores all over Japan including Mitsukoshi, Takashimaya and Isetan over the last 20 years. He has worked and demonstrated across Europe and also the Middle East, Far East, China, Taiwan, Australia, the Caribbean and on the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship.

Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley

Intermediate Throwing

Start Dates: 29th January & 30th January

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 2

NEW

Price: £245

Title Intermediate Throwing
Host/s Richard Heeley
Duration 2 days
Month JANUARY 2018
Date/s Monday 29 - Tuesday 30
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

Introduced in 2017 in response to popular demand, this is a two-day intermediate level course leading on from Basic Throwing, using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will hone and build upon the skills learned during Basic Throwing, and learn about creating more complex multi-part forms such as lidded vessels and teapots, including trimming/turning and finishing. To attend this course you should be able to centre and throw a 6" cylinder quickly and comfortably.

Richard St John Heeley has 20 years experience teaching pottery at all levels. He has demonstrated and lectured to ceramic societies and universities around the country including at the V&A Museum. He is a full time professional potter exhibiting regularly around the UK and internationally. He is a selected member of the Craft Potters Association and currently runs a pottery at Hempmill Brook just outside Market Drayton.

Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.


IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Basic Throwing with Jon French

Basic Throwing

Start Dates: 19th February & 20th February

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1

NEW

Price: £245

 

Title Basic Throwing
Host/s Jon French
Duration 2 days
Month FEBRUARY 2018
Date/s Monday 19 - Tuesday 20
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

An outstandingly popular two-day basic level course covering the basics of throwing using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. On the first day you will learn to wedge, knead, centre and throw. Jon will show you the basic techniques needed for different thrown forms such as cylinders, vases, bowls and platters. You will learn how to apply pattern directly to the thrown surface and how different hand tools can be used effectively for this purpose. On the second day you will learn to 'turn' and refine your leatherhard pots using various hand tools.

After 29 years of working for Wedgwood, Jon French is now running his own business from the historic surroundings of Middleport Pottery. He has demonstrated the skills and gift of a master craftsman to department stores such as Harrods, London and department stores all over Japan including Mitsukoshi, Takashimaya and Isetan over the last 20 years. He has worked and demonstrated across Europe and also the Middle East, Far East, China, Taiwan, Australia, the Caribbean and on the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship.

Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley

Intermediate Throwing

Start Dates: 26th February & 27th February

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 2

NEW

Price: £245

 

Title Intermediate Throwing
Host/s Richard Heeley
Duration 2 days
Month FEBRUARY 2018
Date/s Monday 26 - Tuesday 27
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

Introduced in 2017 in response to popular demand, this is a two-day intermediate level course leading on from Basic Throwing, using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will hone and build upon the skills learned during Basic Throwing, and learn about creating more complex multi-part forms such as lidded vessels and teapots, including trimming/turning and finishing. To attend this course you should be able to centre and throw a 6" cylinder quickly and comfortably.

Richard St John Heeley has 20 years experience teaching pottery at all levels. He has demonstrated and lectured to ceramic societies and universities around the country including at the V&A Museum. He is a full time professional potter exhibiting regularly around the UK and internationally. He is a selected member of the Craft Potters Association and currently runs a pottery at Hempmill Brook just outside Market Drayton.

Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Animal Sculpture with Jeremy James

Animal Sculpture

Start Dates: 14th March & 15th March

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1 2

NEW

Price: £240

 

Title Animal Sculpture
Host/s Jeremy James
Duration 2 days
Month MARCH 2018
Date/s Wednesday 14 - Thursday 15
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

Two intensive days of demonstrations and making that will cover fundamental handbuilding and modelling skills. Working practically with hollowed forms, coiling, slabbing and coloured slips, Jeremy will help you to design and make a sculpture to either take home or that can be left to be fired at Potclays. Using ‘the hare’ as a theme you will be shown ways to make exciting, dynamic and lively versions of this animal. Capturing the essence of the creature will be emphasised throughout the workshop.

Jeremy James is a well-known, award-winning ceramic sculptor. He has taught and operated a professional sculpture studio for 30 years, exhibiting his work in the UK and internationally, and his work is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide.

Items to bring: Photographs/images/drawings of hares, towel, apron, notepad, pen, means of getting your finished tiles home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Advanced Throwing with David Frith

Advanced Throwing

Start Dates: 19th March & 21st March

Duration: 3 Days

Level: 3

NEW

Price: £385

 

Title Advanced Throwing
Host/s David Frith
Duration 3 days
Month MARCH 2018
Date/s Monday 19 - Wednesday 21
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

This outstandingly popular advanced level course has been extended to three days of intensive tuition, and will cover all aspects of throwing with practical demonstrations and hands-on sessions using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will throw a wide range of bowls, platters and jars as well as lidded forms. David will deal with many aspects of surface pattern direct onto the newly thrown form, including faceting, paddling and rope-impressed design. He will also demonstrate two-piece throwing to enable bigger jars and bottles to be made. To attend this course you should be a 'proficient thrower' able to comfortably and quickly throw a range of basic, medium sized forms.

David Frith is one of the most respected of Britain's active potters. He has travelled extensively; teaching - both pottery and kiln-building, giving exhibitions and holding workshops.

Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Tool kit worth over £77, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Basic Throwing with Jon French

Basic Throwing

Start Dates: 16th April & 17th April

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1

NEW

Price: £245

 

Title Basic Throwing
Host/s Jon French
Duration 2 days
Month APRIL 2018
Date/s Monday 16 - Tuesday 17
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

An outstandingly popular two-day basic level course covering the basics of throwing using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. On the first day you will learn to wedge, knead, centre and throw. Jon will show you the basic techniques needed for different thrown forms such as cylinders, vases, bowls and platters. You will learn how to apply pattern directly to the thrown surface and how different hand tools can be used effectively for this purpose. On the second day you will learn to 'turn' and refine your leatherhard pots using various hand tools.

After 29 years of working for Wedgwood, Jon French is now running his own business from the historic surroundings of Middleport Pottery. He has demonstrated the skills and gift of a master craftsman to department stores such as Harrods, London and department stores all over Japan including Mitsukoshi, Takashimaya and Isetan over the last 20 years. He has worked and demonstrated across Europe and also the Middle East, Far East, China, Taiwan, Australia, the Caribbean and on the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship.

Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley

Intermediate Throwing

Start Dates: 23rd April & 24th April

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 2

NEW

Price: £245

 

Title Intermediate Throwing
Host/s Richard Heeley
Duration 2 days
Month APRIL 2018
Date/s Monday 23 - Tuesday 24
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

Introduced in 2017 in response to popular demand, this is a two-day intermediate level course leading on from Basic Throwing, using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will hone and build upon the skills learned during Basic Throwing, and learn about creating more complex multi-part forms such as lidded vessels and teapots, including trimming/turning and finishing. To attend this course you should be able to centre and throw a 6" cylinder quickly and comfortably.

Richard St John Heeley has 20 years experience teaching pottery at all levels. He has demonstrated and lectured to ceramic societies and universities around the country including at the V&A Museum. He is a full time professional potter exhibiting regularly around the UK and internationally. He is a selected member of the Craft Potters Association and currently runs a pottery at Hempmill Brook just outside Market Drayton.

Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
  • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

Mayco Pottery Camp

Mayco Pottery Camp

Start Dates: 14th May & 15th May

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1 2 3

NEW

Price: £135

 

Title Mayco Pottery Camp
Host/s Teddy Wright
Duration 2 days
Month MAY 2018
Date/s Monday 14 - Tuesday 15
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

Ideal for PYOP businesses and teachers alike. Five inspirational projects exploring innovative ways of using Mayco product. Pottery Camp is a two-day educational event tailored for PYOP businesses and teachers. Studios are updated on new product usage, design and application techniques are shared and best practices for a retail studio are discussed. It also offers a perfect opportunity to chat with likeminded people, share ideas, and generally put the PYOP world to rights. Teddy Wright of Mayco Colors USA will be flying over specially from the States to host Pottery Camp.

How is our Pottery Camp different?

Each year we listen to what you really want from Pottery Camp and tailor the projects accordingly.

  • Our version of Pottery Camp is unique - we have worked closely with our partners, Mayco, to pull together a specially tailored series of projects on a variety of bisque shapes.
  • We restrict the number of bookings we take to allow more one-to-one with the tutor. Oversubscription can detract from your experience of Pottery Camp.
  • Potclays are EXCLUSIVE importers of Bisque Imports - you won't get BI anywhere else.
  • Our Pottery Campers can take advantage of individual pieces at case prices.
  • Plenty of special offers across our entire portfolio of PYOP supplies.

    Items to bring: Your own brushes (if you have them), apron, notepad, pen, means of getting your finished work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

    Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.
  • Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley

    Intermediate Throwing

    Start Dates: 21st May & 22nd May

    Duration: 2 Days

    Level: 2

    NEW

    Price: £245

     

    Title Intermediate Throwing
    Host/s Richard Heeley
    Duration 2 days
    Month MAY 2018
    Date/s Monday 21 - Tuesday 22
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    Introduced in 2017 in response to popular demand, this is a two-day intermediate level course leading on from Basic Throwing, using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will hone and build upon the skills learned during Basic Throwing, and learn about creating more complex multi-part forms such as lidded vessels and teapots, including trimming/turning and finishing. To attend this course you should be able to centre and throw a 6" cylinder quickly and comfortably.

    Richard St John Heeley has 20 years experience teaching pottery at all levels. He has demonstrated and lectured to ceramic societies and universities around the country including at the V&A Museum. He is a full time professional potter exhibiting regularly around the UK and internationally. He is a selected member of the Craft Potters Association and currently runs a pottery at Hempmill Brook just outside Market Drayton.

    Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

    Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

    Mouldmaking & Slipcasting with Ed Bentley

    Mouldmaking & Slipcasting

    Start Dates: 18th June & 19th June

    Duration: 2 Days

    Level: 2

    NEW

    Price: £220

     

    Title Mouldmaking & Slipcasting
    Host/s Ed Bentley
    Duration 2 days
    Month JUNE 2018
    Date/s Monday 18 - Tuesday 19
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    This two-day intermediate level hands-on course will guide you through the process of plaster mould making for slip casting. Fast-paced and informal, Ed will demonstrate various techniques from the preparation of a shape to produce in ceramic to the making of a plaster mould from this shape. A slipcasting demonstration will also be given together with the opportunity to practice this technique using ready-made moulds. On the first day please bring with you an object you would like to make a mould from, if you can visualise making a one or two part mould from it and its no larger than approximately 20cm it should be ideal. At the end of the course you can then take your completed mould home to dry out before taking slip-casts from it.

    Ed Bentley is an award-winning shape designer and product developer with over 30 years experience within the global ceramic industry. Ed teaches at degree level nationally and runs his own mould-making courses from his workshop in Staffordshire.

    Items to bring: Small object for casting (see course description), towel, apron, notepad, pen, means of getting your finished moulds home (e.g. cardboard crate)

    Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

    Pottery Basics with Jacqui Atkin

    Pottery Basics

    Start Date: 26th June

    Duration: 1 Day

    Level: 1

    NEW

    Price: £150

     

    Title Pottery Basics
    Host/s Jacqui Atkin
    Duration 1 day
    Month JUNE 2018
    Date/s Tuesday 18
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    This full-day ‘back-to-basics’ course has been tailored specifically for teachers and other educators with little or no formal ceramics training or classroom equipment. However, it is also ideal for all those new to ceramics. It covers all the basics of the pottery making process, step-by-step; from the tools you will need, preparation of the clay, handbuilding techniques and ideas for British Curriculum relevant projects to glazing of the finished pieces and how to use a kiln, Health & Safety considerations and much more. Bring your individual questions and queries along - they’re more than welcome. This course will build your confidence and fire your enthusiasm for ceramics, leaving you raring to go! You’ll leave with an information pack containing a summary of everything discussed, for your future reference.

    Hosted by internationally respected potter Jacqui Atkin who is well-known for her many books on ceramic processes and techniques and who currently works as consultant editor for the new ceramics magazine Clay Craft. Jacqui is an established maker in her own right who has taught widely in further education, presenting workshops and specialist courses in hand building techniques and low temperature firing methods for the past 20 years. Her latest book ‘Making Pottery You Can Use’ was published in 2017.

    Items to bring: Towel, apron, notepad, pen.

    Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment. 
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

    Introduction to Glazes with Jacqui Atkin

    Introduction to Glazes

    Start Date: 27th June

    Duration: 1 Day

    Level: 1

    NEW

    Price: £150

     

    Title Introduction to Glazes
    Host/s Jacqui Atkin
    Duration 1 day
    Month JUNE 2018
    Date/s Wednesday 27
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    This full day basic level course has been designed to tag-on to our Pottery Basics course, but it can also be booked on its own. It is ideal for all those new to ceramics and will give you a valuable insight into glazes and how they can be used to best effect. In the morning, Jacqui will talk in easily understandable terms about glaze technology, different types of glazes, oxides and stains and onglazes. In the afternoon she will move on to more practical matters - glaze preparation and application, covering both ready-to-use liquid and powdered glazes, plus a variety of decorative techniques. She will discuss firing, and how to resolve common issues such as crazing and pinholing. Jacqui will incorporate a Q&A session into this course, so please do bring along your own questions.

    Hosted by internationally respected potter Jacqui Atkin who is well-known for her many books on ceramic processes and techniques and who currently works as consultant editor for the new ceramics magazine Clay Craft. Jacqui is an established maker in her own right who has taught widely in further education, presenting workshops and specialist courses in hand building techniques and low temperature firing methods for the past 20 years. Her latest book ‘Making Pottery You Can Use’ was published in 2017.

    Items to bring: Towel, apron, notepad, pen.

    Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

    Tilemaking with Richard Miller

    Tilemaking

    Start Dates: 11th September & 12th September

    Duration: 2 Days

    Level: 1 2

    NEW

    Price: £220

     

    Title Tilemaking
    Host/s Richard Miller
    Duration 2 days
    Month SEPTEMBER 2018
    Date/s Tuesday 11 - Wednesday 12
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    This two-day basic to intermediate level course offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating process of tile-making. Richard will begin with an introductory presentation during which he will provide a brief background to his practice and his tile company - Froyle Tiles. You will then move on to the production of a carved set of tiles. Slip decorating techniques will be explored using the designs created for carving, and you will be guided through an assortment of stencilling and inlay techniques.

    Richard Miller is a ceramic artist specialising in domestic stoneware. He runs Froyle Tiles - a business he took over in 2005 and reinvented to become a prospering bespoke tile company. Richard and his work have featured on television on a number of occasions - notably on ‘Kirstie’s Vintage Home’ on Channel 4 in November 2012, and Richard was the on-screen technician for hit BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down.

    Items to bring: Your own ideas for tile designs , towel, apron, notepad, pen, means of getting your finished tiles home (e.g. cardboard crate)

    Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

    Mayco Pottery Camp

    Mayco Pottery Camp

    Start Dates: 27th September & 28th September

    Duration: 2 Days

    Level: 1 2

    NEW

    Price: £135

     

    Title Mayco Pottery Camp
    Host/s Teddy Wright
    Duration 2 days
    Month SEPTEMBER 2018
    Date/s Thursday 27 + Friday 28
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    Ideal for PYOP businesses and teachers alike. Five inspirational projects exploring innovative ways of using Mayco product. Pottery Camp is a two-day educational event tailored for PYOP businesses and teachers. Studios are updated on new product usage, design and application techniques are shared and best practices for a retail studio are discussed. It also offers a perfect opportunity to chat with likeminded people, share ideas, and generally put the PYOP world to rights. Teddy Wright of Mayco Colors USA will be flying over specially from the States to host Pottery Camp.

    How is our Pottery Camp different?

    Each year we listen to what you really want from Pottery Camp and tailor the projects accordingly.

  • Our version of Pottery Camp is unique - we have worked closely with our partners, Mayco, to pull together a specially tailored series of projects on a variety of bisque shapes.
  • We restrict the number of bookings we take to allow more one-to-one with the tutor. Oversubscription can detract from your experience of Pottery Camp.
  • Potclays are EXCLUSIVE importers of Bisque Imports - you won't get BI anywhere else.
  • Our Pottery Campers can take advantage of individual pieces at case prices.
  • Plenty of special offers across our entire portfolio of PYOP supplies.

    Items to bring: Your own brushes (if you have them), apron, notepad, pen, means of getting your finished work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

    Included: Course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.
  • Advanced Throwing with David Frith

    Advanced Throwing

    Start Dates: 08th October & 10th October

    Duration: 3 Days

    Level: 3

    NEW

    Price: £385

     

    Title Advanced Throwing
    Host/s David Frith
    Duration 3 days
    Month OCTOBER 2018
    Date/s Monday 8 - Wednesday 10
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    This outstandingly popular advanced level course has been extended to three days of intensive tuition, and will cover all aspects of throwing with practical demonstrations and hands-on sessions using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will throw a wide range of bowls, platters and jars as well as lidded forms. David will deal with many aspects of surface pattern direct onto the newly thrown form, including faceting, paddling and rope-impressed design. He will also demonstrate two-piece throwing to enable bigger jars and bottles to be made. To attend this course you should be a 'proficient thrower' able to comfortably and quickly throw a range of basic, medium sized forms.

    David Frith is one of the most respected of Britain's active potters. He has travelled extensively; teaching - both pottery and kiln-building, giving exhibitions and holding workshops.

    Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

    Included: Tool kit worth over £77, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.

    Basic Throwing with Jon French

    Basic Throwing

    Start Dates: 15th October & 16th October

    Duration: 2 Days

    Level: 1

    NEW

    Price: £245

     

    Title Basic Throwing
    Host/s Jon French
    Duration 2 days
    Month OCTOBER 2018
    Date/s Monday 15 - Tuesday 16
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

    An outstandingly popular two-day basic level course covering the basics of throwing using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. On the first day you will learn to wedge, knead, centre and throw. Jon will show you the basic techniques needed for different thrown forms such as cylinders, vases, bowls and platters. You will learn how to apply pattern directly to the thrown surface and how different hand tools can be used effectively for this purpose. On the second day you will learn to 'turn' and refine your leatherhard pots using various hand tools.

    After 29 years of working for Wedgwood, Jon French is now running his own business from the historic surroundings of Middleport Pottery. He has demonstrated the skills and gift of a master craftsman to department stores such as Harrods, London and department stores all over Japan including Mitsukoshi, Takashimaya and Isetan over the last 20 years. He has worked and demonstrated across Europe and also the Middle East, Far East, China, Taiwan, Australia, the Caribbean and on the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship.

    Items to bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)

    Included: Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

    IMPORTANT:

    • Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
    • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
    • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found at this link.
    • For directions to front entrance please use ST4 6JW (enter no. 447 if prompted by your device). 6ft10” height restriction at front entrance. Please contact us to make special access arrangements if your vehicle is over this height.