Mon Adult Japanese Pottery Studio (Drop in Class) 09:30 – 12:00

From: £35.00

In brief…

This is a single drop in pottery class for the Monday morning Adult Japanese Pottery Studio course. This drop in class suitable for adult learners. This class is for beginners as well as anyone with experience in pottery and ceramics. You are welcome to attend the Japanese Pottery Studio course as suits your schedule.

Times and Duration

Each class is 2.5 hours long. The Adult Japanese Pottery course is taught every Monday morning, from 9:30am to 12:00pm during term time, for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. The schedule can be found on our current Term Timetable (see Term Time & Holidays link above).

Class Description

The Japanese Pottery Studio is a course designed and led by Japanese ceramics graduate artist Akiko Matsuda. This course explores the wonderfully intricate and specialised world of Japanese pottery.  You will learn the key concepts and techniques in Japanese pottery and the magnificent art form that it represents. Through the weeks we’ll throw small bowls, Yunomi, mugs, pinch pots based on RAKU theory and a whole lot more, set in a context of good studio etiquette.

Akiko is more than happy to assist and lead in both Japanese and English so don’t be shy to join us if you think that the sessions are exclusively for Japanese speakers! The classes are also non-continuous which means you’re free to join us when it’s suitable for you.

Please note that some clay based projects may require more than one class to complete. If you are unsure whether you can make it back in for another class to finish your work, we have a range of options for everyone, so please see below for possibilities.

Clay work also needs some time to dry and be fired, so anything submitted for firing will be ready to collect about 4 weeks later.
 If you would like to find out more details about the Adult Japanese Pottery course please click here.

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 class 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! 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. If booking a class for glazing please book at least 4 weeks after the class in which you intend to submit the work for firing. Work may be fired more quickly during quiet times of year, please discuss this with your teacher at your class.

IMPORTANT: If at the end of the drop in class you have unfinished work that will need to be stored, please let your tutor know.  Unfinished work will be recycled unless you indicate what you would like to happen next. You must purchase another drop in class (you can choose the date later) if you would like us to store your work damp. If you do not intend to join us again during the current term, firing fees must be paid before you leave.


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 bases of thrown work and inscribe your name. 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/ 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
Book a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session. Includes 10 minute glazing induction and use of 12 colour glazes. For anyone who doesn’t need a whole two and a half hours to glaze their work. Flexible times and dates.

Who teaches the class
Monday morning Adult Japanese Pottery Studio classes are taught by Akiko Matsuda