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.

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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.

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.