Pottery Classes

We offer courses for beginners during which you will have to opportunity to learn a variety of different skills. The courses typically last for 8 weeks, at the end of which we are more than happy to fire a reasonable amount of pieces that you wish to keep.

Your time during the course will be split evenly between learning how to throw on the wheel and learning a multitude of hand-building techniques.

Learning how to throw

You will learn:

  • How to prepare the clay
  • Centering the clay
  • Making a cylinder or bowl
  • Turning and finishing
  • Pulling and adding handles
  • Making spouts and lids

Learning how to hand build

You will learn:

  • How to prepare the clay
  • Coiling techniques
  • Slab building techniques
  • Thumb pots and tiles
  • The use of moulds
  • Exploring mark making, patterns and decoration

After you finish your first course of lessons, we are more than happy to offer a further course to aid you in your creative development. This can be discussed on a one-to-one basis when you are nearing the completion of your course. Once you have completed an eight week course, we are more than happy for people to drop in by appointment. This is also dependent on class size.

Times available are 10am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm, and 7pm to 9pm, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If these times are not convenient, contact us to discuss our availability. Each session costs £15, and is payable upfront in blocks of eight lessons (eight weeks), either by bank transfer, cheque or cash. There is a maximum class size of six people - this is to ensure that all individuals are given enough tuition in order to learn and develop their skills.

Potters Wheel Half Day Throwing Course

These half day courses are intensive sessions that last for 3.5 hours, and are designed for one or two people. You will learn how to:

  • Prepare the clay (wedging),
  • Center the clay on the wheel,
  • Throw a cylinder,
  • Make a simple bowl,
  • Decorate your work with coloured slips.

These courses provide you with your own potters wheel for the duration of the course, and we will provide one-to-one tuition throughout. The places are limited to two people per session - this is so that you get as much support as you need. We will fire any pieces that you wish to keep, which are included in the price and can be collected at a later date. Prices are £70 per individual, or £120 (£60 each) if two people book together.

Taster Sessions

We offer taster sessions by prior arrangement, and we can fit around you as we can do sessions during the week and weekend, in mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Taster sessions are fun, two hour beginner sessions on basic pottery. We can show you basic throwing techniques and simple hand-building techniques, which you can use to make a small decorative piece, such as a small dish or coil pot. At the end of the session, if there is anything that you would like to keep, we are more than happy to fire your pieces which can be collected at a later date. This is all included within the price.

Taster sessions cost £30 per person or £50 for a couple. We can accommodate for families and groups, please contact us if interested. If you have any questions or wish to book, give us a call or email us at [email protected]

For other ways to get in touch, please visit the Contact Us page.


We can accommodate for families and groups in any of our sessions, please contact us for prices and details, as we may be able to offer discounts.

© Greenfield Pottery 2020
© Greenfield Pottery 2020