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.

OPEN DAY 2018 - Saturday 29th September 9:00-15:00

Surface Design with Molly Hatch

Surface Design

Start Dates: 18th September & 19th September

Duration: 2 days

Level: 1 2 3

NEW

Price: £220

Title Surface Design
Host/s Molly Hatch (USA)
Duration 2 days 
Month SEPTEMBER 2018
Date/s Tuesday 18 - Wednesday 19
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00

Massachusetts (USA) based artist, designer, and ceramicist Molly Hatch will visit London in September to launch a brand new giftware range for department store, John Lewis. Whilst she is in the country, we have arranged for her to travel to Stoke-on-Trent to host an exclusive, not-to-be-repeated surface design workshop at Potclays.

Molly Hatch began her career as a studio potter, infusing her tableware and home decor items with contemporary sensibilities and classical charm. The daughter of a painter and an organic dairy farmer, she draws from the beauty of everyday objects by imagining where each will live. With a formal education in ceramics and drawing, Molly launched her first tableware collection from her home studio in 2010. Her signature blend of 18th century aesthetics with modern whimsy quickly garnered a loyal following, launching her brand into a wide range of lifestyle products for the home. Today, Molly Hatch collections can be found through the brand's partnerships with almost 30 gift and home goods companies. More about Molly at mollyhatch.com.

This two-day hands-on workshop is for those with some clay experience looking for new and exciting ways to approach surface decoration. We will explore ways to approach surface decoration and its relationship to form in your ceramic object making. We will begin by walking through some basic surface design concepts and discuss inspiration and ways to find your muse. Learn how to source and translate 2-D patterns and images into surface decoration. This workshop focuses on learning a wide range of surface techniques, from using Molly’s favourite pressure transfers on greenware and bisque to doodling, stamping, resists, carving and painting on the surface of clay.

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Visit: Join Molly for an optional museum visit on Monday afternoon (September 17th) to spend a couple of hours perusing and sketching from the museum collections. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has one of the largest ceramics collections in the country, and surface design inspiration aplenty! The exact time to meet will be given in the email sent in the week prior to the workshop so please make sure you look out for this. The museum is open Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm; Sunday: 11am – 4pm. Admission is free of charge.

Skill Level: Basic to Advanced (some clay experience required). Places limited to a maximum of 18. Full details at this link.

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: 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.

    Basic Throwing with Jon French

    Basic Throwing

    Start Dates: 22nd October & 23rd 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 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.

    Basic Throwing with Jon French

    Basic Throwing

    Start Dates: 22nd October & 23rd 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 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.