Adult Winter Pottery Workshop
Our Winter Pottery Workshops 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 wintery workshops 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 workshop is two hours long and they run on every weekday evening from 16th-20th December from 7pm till 9pm.
As December rolls we know that you are often on the look out for fun evening activities to take part in with friends. In this season of catching up and spending time with loved ones – why not schedule something a bit more inspired than the usual pint down a local pub? Or maybe gift this experience that friend that we all have who is near impossible to buy for.
These workshops are designed to provide a relaxed environment in which the teachers respond to the requirements and enthusiasm of the learners. Will a chilled out vibe and a couple of classic festive tunes we will provide the perfect creative space for you to 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 get out of the cold and make a evening of it?
These workshops are 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.
Can I give my pieces as Christmas presents?
All work will be fired and this cost is factored into the cost of the workshop. HOWEVER IT TAKES US 4 WEEKS TO GET THE PIECES FIRED AND READY FOR COLLECTION. As such they will not be ready before Christmas – so if you give them as gifts prepare for them to reach your intended recipient a month late.
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. Bisque firing is also included in the cost of these workshops but please be aware that all work created during this week will not be ready in time for Christmas and will be ready for collection 4 weeks after creation. So why not make a gift of the experience and let the work be a lovely pick-me-up as January rolls on.
We will also offer mince pies and tea/coffee but in addition to this will allow participants to bring a bottle along on a BYOB basis.
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, but if you want to tackle a more detailed project it would be best to book for more than one workshop.
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.
Would you like to have your pieces glazed after they have been fired? If so why not book a glazing session where we will teach you about the process and give you some independent time to add your own creative flair.
£15 per person per hour.
You could book a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session one month after your workshop. 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.
Who teaches the class
Our Winter Pottery Workshops will be taught by Davide Gevonese who has promised to grow a full festive Santa beard for the occasion.