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.

Scroll down for a summary of our upcoming courses with links to book tickets

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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.

SALE WEEK 2019 11-16 February

Full details released in early January: SIGN UP HERE to our mailing list to be kept informed.

Basic Throwing with Jon French

Basic Throwing

Start Dates: 21st January & 22nd January

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1

Price: £250

Title Basic Throwing
Host Jon French
Duration 2 days
Month JANUARY 2019
Date Monday 21 - Tuesday 22
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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 £55, 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.

Animal Sculpture with Jeremy James

Animal Sculpture

Start Dates: 20th February & 21st February

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1 2

Price: £250

Title Animal Sculpture
Host Jeremy James
Duration 2 days
Month FEBRUARY 2019
Date Wednesday 20 - Thursday 21
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.

Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley

Intermediate Throwing

Start Dates: 04th March & 05th March

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 2

Price: £275

Title Intermediate Throwing
Host Richard Heeley
Duration 2 days
Month MARCH 2019
Date Monday 4 - Tuesday 5
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

Introduced in response to popular demand, this is a two-day intermediate level course will allow you to hone and build upon basic throwing skills, 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 £55, 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.

Advanced Throwing Masterclass with David Frith

Advanced Throwing Masterclass

Start Dates: 18th March & 20th March

Duration: 3 Days

Level: 3

Price: £399

Title Advanced Throwing Masterclass
Host David Frith
Duration 3 days
Month MARCH 2019
Date Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 - Wednesday 20
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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 £94, 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.

Basic Throwing with Jon French

Basic Throwing

Start Dates: 25th March & 26th March

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1

Price: £250

Title Basic Throwing
Host Jon French
Duration 2 days
Month MARCH 2019
Date Monday 25 - Tuesday 26
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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 £55, 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: 08th April & 10th April

Duration: 3 Days

Level: 2 3

NEW

Price: £399

Title Porcelain Masterclass
Host Richard Heeley
Duration 2 days
Month APRIL 2019
Date/s Monday 8 - Tuesday 9 - Wednesday 10
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.

Mouldmaking & Slipcasting with Ed Bentley

Mouldmaking & Slipcasting

Start Dates: 10th September & 11th September

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 2

Price: £240

Title Mouldmaking & Slipcasting
Host Ed Bentley
Duration 2 days
Month SEPTEMBER 2019
Date Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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 above), 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:

  • 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.

Basic Throwing with Jon French

Basic Throwing

Start Dates: 16th September & 17th September

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1

Price: £250

Title Basic Throwing
Host Jon French
Duration 2 days
Month SEPTEMBER 2019
Date Monday 16 - Tuesday 17
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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 £55, 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.

Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley

Intermediate Throwing

Start Dates: 23rd September & 24th September

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 2

Price: £275

Title Intermediate Throwing
Host Richard Heeley
Duration 2 days
Month SEPTEMBER 2019
Date Monday 23 - Tuesday 24
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

Introduced in response to popular demand, this is a two-day intermediate level course will allow you to hone and build upon basic throwing skills, 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 £55, 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.

Advanced Throwing Masterclass with David Frith

Advanced Throwing Masterclass

Start Dates: 14th October & 16th October

Duration: 3 Days

Level: 3

Price: £399

Title Advanced Throwing Masterclass
Host David Frith
Duration 3 days
Month OCTOBER 2019
Date Monday 14 - Tuesday 15 -Wednesday 16
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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 £94, 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.

Basic Throwing with Jon French

Basic Throwing

Start Dates: 21st October & 22nd October

Duration: 2 days

Level: 1

Price: £250

Title Basic Throwing
Host Jon French 
Duration 2 days 
Month OCTOBER 2019
Date Monday 21 - Tuesday 22
Time (approx.) 9.30-16.30

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 £55, 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.

Animal Sculpture with Jeremy James

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

NEW

Price: £399

Title Porcelain Masterclass
Host Richard Heeley 
Duration 2 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.