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. In 2016 Potclays was awarded the CraftCourses.com Platinum Certificate of Excellence for our programme of courses & workshops.

See our calendar to the right, or scroll down for a summary of our upcoming courses with links to book tickets

Read courses & workshops T&C's here

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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 2019, 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 | 7-9 June (last orders Wed 29 May)

International Ceramics Festival (ICF) | Aberystwyth | 5-7 July (last orders Wed 26 June)

Art in Clay Hatfield | Hatfield House, Herts. | 16-18 August (last orders Wed 7 Aug)

Art in Clay Farnham | Farnham Maltings, Farnham | 16-17 November (last orders Wed 6 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.

SALE WEEK 2019 11-16 February

Full details released in mid January: SIGN UP HERE to our mailing list to be kept informed. Book exclusive Mayco workshops during Sale Week here.

Animal Sculpture with Jeremy James

Animal Sculpture

Start Dates: 27th November & 28th November

Duration: 2 days

Level: 2 3

Price: £250

Title Animal Sculpture
Host Jeremy James
Duration 2 days 
Month NOVEMBER 2019
Date Wednesday 27 - Thursday 28
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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:

  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking.
  • 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.
  • Please read full event information on our Eventbrite page before you book a place.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found on our website.
  • 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.

Porcelain Masterclass with Richard Heeley

Porcelain Masterclass

Start Dates: 02nd December & 04th December

Duration: 3 Days

Level: 2 3

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Price: £399

Title Porcelain Masterclass
Host Richard Heeley 
Duration 3 days 
Month DECEMBER 2019
Date/s Monday 2 - Tuesday 3 - Wednesday 4
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

A special three-day intermediate to advanced level masterclass with Richard Heeley, focusing on throwing, turning and decorating porcelain. Richard will discuss the characteristics, technology and history of porcelain, demonstrating techniques and strategies for success in throwing and turning. Richard will also demonstrate his blue and white under glaze technique, focusing on brushwork, mark making and pattern design using cobalt pigments. 

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 £128*, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.

IMPORTANT:

  • Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking.
  • 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.
  • Please read full event information on our Eventbrite page before you book a place.
  • Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found on our website.
  • 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.