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

From: £30.00

In brief…

This is a two and a half hour long trial class for the Monday morning Adult Japanese Pottery course. This trial class is suitable for adult learners.

In this course, we offer one-off course trial classes at any point in the term, open to beginners as well as anyone with experience in pottery and ceramics. Attending the trial class is an opportunity to try one class in the course before deciding to join us for the duration of the course.

Times and Duration

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).

This trial class, offered at a special one-off discounted price, is seen as an introduction to the activities that will be covered in the course over the term. Only one trial class is available per person per term. It is also possible to attend this course on a drop-in basis.

Suitable for you?

Do you love the beauty of Japanese ceramics? Would you like to learn the techniques and philosophy integral to this art form? Whether you are a curious beginner, or looking for professional development to supplement your existing skill set, or an experienced artist looking to find a new working environment and friendly community in which to pursue your creativity and passion, you will be received with a warm welcome.

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.

Each trial class is designed to introduce you to the course curriculum, and sample throwing on the potter’s wheel or complete a short hand building project. Joining this trial class will also give you the opportunity to check out our beautiful facilities, our excellently equipped studios, meet the professional teachers and sample the friendly, open, professional creative environment Kite Studios provide.

Each project is designed to give you a taste of what to expect during the course. Each trial class is self contained. You can finish the hand building project during the one class, choose to have it fired, and have it to take away bisqued and/or glaze later. Work made on the pottery wheel requires a finishing process which is typically done the next day (or in the following class, if you are enrolled in the course). We do have a range of options for everyone though, so please see below for possibilities.

Clay work does need some time to dry and be fired, so it is about 4 weeks later that it will be ready to collect.
If you would like to find out more details about the Adult Japanese Pottery course please click here.

Included in the price

The fee for this trial class covers tuition and all materials. Firing fees are not included. We encourage everyone to practice, experiment, learn and enjoy! Shared tools, aprons and towels are provided.

IMPORTANT: Please let your tutor know at the end of your trial class if you intend to join us for the rest of the course, or if you would like your work to be fired. Unfinished work will be recycled unless you indicate what you would like to happen next. If you do not intend to join us for the rest of the course, firing fees must be paid before you leave or an additional class booked in, so you can finish your work.

Firing Fees

In the Japanese Pottery course there is an additional charge for firing, which helps us keep the course 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! This charge is £1 per 100g of weight of your unfired, 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.

Possibilities…

If you do the trial class and can’t commit to a full term, here are some options for having your work glazed and fired so that you can keep it from crumbling away or turning back into mushy clay if some water splashes on it.

£5 for up to two pieces


Bisque (one firing) only. Turn your work into ceramic. We tidy the bases of thrown work, inscribe your name and fire the work for you. Ready four weeks after your trial class.

£10 for up to two pieces

Tidy base, inscribe your name (thrown work), bisque, dip in transparent glaze and glaze fire. Your work will be shiny and delicious, food safe and oven safe, impervious to water. Ready four weeks after your trial class.

£35 for two and a half hours


Attend this course on a drop in basis. (If you would like us to store your work damp till you come in again, the next class must be paid for on the day you attend your trial class but time/date may be booked in up to 2 weeks later).

£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. If you have chosen to have your work bisque fired and would like to come back and glaze it yourself. Includes a 10 minute glazing induction and use of a rainbow of coloured of glazes. Flexible times and dates. Must be booked to occur between one month and two months after your trial class.