Fri Adult Pottery Novice Nights (Drop In) (Drop in Class) 19:00 – 21:00

From: £30.00

In brief…

This is a single drop in pottery class in the Friday evening Adult Pottery Studio, running in the Autumn Term 2019. 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 attend the Pottery Novice Nights as suits your schedule.

Times and Duration

Each class is two hours long. This class 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). Pottery Novice Nights can be attended on a drop in basis.

Class description

The 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 students’ 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 you can choose from to learn 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 welcome to bring in specialist clays and glazes provided that they are suitable for the earthenware firings we offer. 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 wanting to attend more than one 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.

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. We do however have a range of options available to suit everyone’s needs and schedules.


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. Bisque fired 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 and want to come back to glaze your work yourself, book a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session. Includes 10 minute glazing induction and use of a wide range of bright, coloured 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.

When will my work be ready?

If you have paid for firing, your work will be ready to collect one month after the drop in class, and will be stored in our studio for no longer than two months after the class date.

You will be issued with an ID number. Please be sure to contact us when one month has elapsed and quote your ID number. Unfortunately, due to the administrative load of this task, we will not be contating you when your work has been fired, or when the storage time period has elapsed. You are welcome to contact us at any time, and if you quote your ID number, we will be able to check for you if your work has been fired.

If you have paid for bisque firing only (£5 option) and would like to come back for a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session, you can book this for one month after your drop in class. Please also put your ID number in the notes field when booking online. That way we can have your work waiting for you when you come in.

Who teaches the class

Pottery Novice Night classes are taught by Davide Gevonese.