In brief…

Pottery Novice Nights  are suitable for adult learners. This class is for beginners as well as anyone with some experience in pottery and ceramics. You are welcome to join us for a one-off class as a pottery experience, or to attend multiple Pottery Novice Nights as suits your schedule.

You will learn in our beautiful ground floor courtyard garden studio right in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush in West London. We have free after hours on street parking and excellent public transport links.

Times and Duration

Each class is two hours long. It runs on Friday evenings from 7pm till 9pm during term time, for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. There is a one week break at half term. The schedule is available on our Term Timetable (please see Term Time & Holidays link above). This course can be attended on a drop in basis.

Class description

Friday Pottery Novice Nights are designed to provide a relaxed environment in which the teachers respond to the requirements and enthusiasm of the learners. This is a creative space in which you can pursue learning the craft and art of clay at your own pace. If you ever wanted to have a go on the potter’s wheel, why not make a Friday evening of it?

The Pottery Novice Night class is seen as a training-wheels assisted departure into the world of creativity. Our tutors will do their best to ensure a fun-filled, positive and relaxed environment is created to get learners’ creative journeys on the go.

You may choose to engage with short projects chosen to teach you a range of basic techniques, or pursue a project of your own with professional support from the teacher.

Techniques to explore you can choose from, include throwing, trimming, slab building, pinching, coiling and press moulding. We can also cover a variety of decorating techniques which include working with slips and glazes; including sgraffito, inlay, stamping, mono printing, slip trailing, painting, dipping,  wax resist and maybe even bubble glazing.

Included in the price

The price of this class includes all your material costs. Shared tools, aprons and towels are also provided. You are also welcome to bring in your own clays and glazes, provided that they are suitable for our earthenware firings. Firing fees are not included.

Firing fees

There is an additional charge for firing, which helps us keep the tuition costs down. It gives you the freedom to practice and experiment before you decide which pieces you would like to keep, whilst also doing your bit for the environment! For anyone wishing to attend more than one pottery drop in class, the charge is £1 per 100g of weight of your finished work. This price includes both the bisque and the glaze firings. Our firing fees are not for profit. The work is weighed before the first firing. Firing fees can be paid at your class by cash or card.

If you are coming for a one-off class and would like us to take care of the rest of the process, we have a range of options, please see below for possibilities.

The nature of clay…

When booking this class, please be aware that working with clay is a multi-step process. While small hand built pieces, such as pinch pots or small sculptures, can be finished in one session, if you want to keep the work, it is best to have it fired.

If you would like to glaze it and have it glaze fired you will need to book a second class. (Ceramic work doesn’t necessarily need to be glazed. Firing will keep it from crumbling away or turning back into mushy clay if some water gets on it. Fired work can also be painted with acrylics or oils, and sprayed with a water repelling spray. Or bake-on-in-the-oven paints are available from some art suppliers as well). But if you want it completely water proof and food safe, glazing is the best way to go.

Wheel thrown work often requires three sessions – one to make it, the second to trim (tidy the base), decorate it and make any additions, such as handles, and the third to glaze it.

Possibilities…

If you can’t come back for another drop in class to finish your work for yourself, we have a number of options for you:

£5 for up to two pieces.

Bisque (one firing) only. Turn your clay work into ceramics. We tidy the base of each pot, inscribe your name (thrown work) and fire it for you. Bisqued work is ready for glazing (or painting). Size restrictions apply.

£10 for up to two pieces.

We tidy the base, inscribe your name (thrown work), bisque, dip in transparent glaze and glaze fire. Comes out beautiful, shiny and delicious. Food safe, oven safe and water proof. Size restrictions apply.

£15 per person per hour
.

Book an Independent Pottery session
 (experienced potters/ experienced returning students only)
. This session does not include teaching and you must complete an induction at your first session. Flexible times and dates.

£15 per person per hour.

If you have opted for the £5 bisque firing, book a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session one month after your drop-in class. Includes 10 minute glazing induction and use of a wide range of bright, colourful glazes. For anyone who enjoys flexibility and/or doesn’t need a whole two hours to glaze their work. Flexible times and dates.

£35 per person for a 2.5 hour drop in class.

We also offer drop in classes in the Adult Pottery Studio on Monday mornings and Friday mornings. Learn to trim, decorate, make additions such as handles and a variety of glazing techniques.

Who teaches the class

Pottery Novice Night classes are taught by Davide Gevonese.