Pottery Classes

Do you get inspired by clay? Are you potty for pots and covet ceramics? Want to make your own?

Experience getting hands on with clay & create your own ceramics. Imogen offers a variety of pottery classes for all skill levels. The studio is nestled between The New Forest and Avon Beach, close to Christchurch, Dorset. It’s within easy access from Bournemouth, Poole, Lymington & Southampton.

Structured lessons will enable you to design and craft your own pottery. Classes are suitable for complete beginners & creatives looking to develop their skills or simply just to try something new. You can learn a range of hand building techniques including pinch, press moulding and slab building. You can also experience throwing on the potters wheel. Discover how to apply surface design and decoration with underglazes to embellish and complete your ceramics.

Class sizes are small & welcoming with a maximum of six students per group, ensuring plenty of tuition. Your creations will be glazed and fired, and ready for collection around 6 weeks later (or delivery for P&P costs).

* If your preferred date is fully booked please email Imogen to be added to the waiting list. 

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Ceramics taster Class – £50 per person

Duration: 3 Hours, 10:00am—13:00pm

DATES FOR 2020 : 14th & 18th January (full) • 11th (full) & 15th February (full)  • 10th (full) & 14th March (full)  • 11th July (full) • 8th (full) & 12th (full) September • 10th (full) & 13th (full) October • 5th & 8th December • more TBA 2021

This popular workshop is a fun introduction to clay and ideal for beginners or if you can’t commit to regular classes. You will learn how to make functional pottery. The session will start with a short demonstration of slab building, wheel throwing and simple surface pattern. Next it’s over to you to get making your own! You can expect to make two creations such as a mug & textured slab vase in the session. Finish of your wares with a splash of underglaze paints.

*Can also be booked as a private 1:1 or 1:2 class, or for groups

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Private tuition – from £35 per hour

Duration: From 1 hour sessions up to a full day 

Bespoke one to one workshops tailored to suit you. Whether you are a complete beginner, or looking for the opportunity try specialist techniques including:

  • Wheel Throwing
  • Slip Casting
  • Mould Making
  • Large Sculpture
  • Surface design including glazing

Classes can be booked from Tuesday to Friday. The fee for your session will depend on duration and materials. Please get in touch for further information. If you are looking to book for two or more people please follow this link.

Group Pottery Sessions

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Pottery Experience Day – £70 per person**

Duration:  5 hours, 10:30am—15:30pm 

DATES FOR 2020: 13th Feb (full) | 12th March (full) | 16th (full) & 25th July (full) | 10th (full) & 19th (full) September | 15th October (full) | 3rd & 12th December | Dates for 2021 TBA ** the fee for this workshop will be increasing from January 2021 to £90

This full day workshop is suitable for all skill levels and is focussed on making tableware.

Make a cup, small plate & bowl using three different techniques. The workshop begins with a demonstration of throwing on the potters wheel & hand building techniques including pinch & slab. You’ll also learn about surface decoration methods. Your time will be split between practice on the potters wheel, and making by hand. At the end of the class you will have made three pots and you can then paint your wares with colourful underglazes to finish.

Complimentary refreshments included. Please bring a packed lunch.

Introduction to throwing – £60 pp

Duration: 3 hours, 10am to 1pm 

Dates 2020: 18th September (full) • 11th December • more TBA for 2021

This half day workshop focuses on using the potters wheel. Imogen will first demonstrate how to prepare, centre and shape your clay. Each student will have their own wheel. You will then spend time at the wheel practicing to create your perfect pots! You will learn how to shape cups (cylinders) and bowls, and can choose two of your pots to be fired and glazed.

*Can also be booked for 1:1 or private groups

Throwing Experience day – £120 pp

Duration: 6 hours, 10:00am to 4:00pm 

Dates 2020: 17th October • 6th December • more TBA for 2021

This class is the full day version of the Introduction to Throwing. The morning will be spent learning the basics of of centering and throwing a cylinder. After a short lunch break, we will also look at how to make spouts and attach handles. There will be time to then refine and hone your skills, creating different forms from bowls to vases. You can expect to make lots of pots, and choose three to be glazed.

Complimentary refreshments included. Please bring a packed lunch.