Information about lessons and dates.


As well as pottery lessons I also offer one to one tuition for Primary age children, specialising in Maths, and preparation for SATs. Please get in touch for more details. 

 

Pottery Lessons 

 Pottery Lessons for Adults & Pottery Lessons for Children

 Dates and specific lesson details are further down the page.

 Who are the lessons for?

 Anyone! From age 5 to 95. If you just want to try it just the once or want to make something as a gift, from complete beginners to those wanting to extend their evening class skills, I am able to cater for a wide variety of experience. It can be for groups or individuals, parties for children or as an adult social event. I am able to adapt to whatever is needed. Lessons can be bought as gift vouchers for family and friends.

What do the lessons involve?

 For one off events, like parties and people just doing one offs, I recommend a two hour session. Starting with decorating a raku pot, getting that in the raku kiln and then either having a go at some handbuilding, throwing on the wheel, or anything else you might be interested in doing with clay. The beauty of what I offer is that you get to make things from scratch, they are individual and unique. Not a mass produced painted pot! 

For the more experienced, lessons can be tailored to suit needs and experience. Areas that I have explored in the past with other students include slip casting, pit firing, advanced raku techniques, press molds, transfer design and application, slip transfers, mold making, sculpture... the list goes on. I'm always willing to give new techniques and ideas a try. I find it helps to further my own practice too. 

How much are the lessons?

The hourly rate is changing from 1st Jan 2017. Cost will be as laid out below. A usual 2 hour session will be £25 rather than £20.

-2 hour session for up to 2 people(£17.50 ppph) total £35 per person
-2 hour session for groups of 3+ (£12.50ppph) total £25 per person
- 6 sessions booked in advance, 20% off (saving £30) £120
- 1 to 1 tuition £25 per hour +materials
- Lessons for day (6 hours) £150/ half day (3 hours)£75 +materials
- Studio hire for a day (7 hours) £60 +materials

Important changes to Terms and conditions

Introduction of a non-refundable deposit 5% at time of booking.

The new procedure for booking a pottery lesson is now:
1. Check the dates of pottery lessons either directly with me, or on this website.
2. Contact me to see whether the session (s) you wish to book are available.
3. If they are, pay a non-refundable deposit of £5 per person per session in order to confirm your place on these sessions.  (If you prefer to pay in full at this time you can, and if you cancel your session a refund minus the deposit will be paid.)
4. Unless you have paid in full prior to your session, the balance will be due when you attend your session.
5. If you need to cancel a session once you have paid your non-returnable deposit, please contact me as soon as possible on 07759951464. I need at least 48 hours to be able to fill a session.  If I am able to fill your place I will return your deposit. I have had to introduce this as I have been let down a number of times now with people booking and not turning up. I hope you understand.
Payment options - Payment can be made by cash, Paypal or debit card (or cheques for regular customers.)  If we are not face to face when you make your payment I will email, message or ring to confirm payment and booking time and date. 
 

When are the lessons?

See the list below for available dates. Other times can be arranged if you get in touch via this website or the numbers and email address listed below.

Is there parking and how can I get there?

 There is parking for at least two cars on our drive, but the gate is narrow, although a large 3.5 tone van can easily get through. There is some space on the verge next to our drive. IMPORTANT please do not use the verge opposite as previously advised as someone has had a parking ticket for parking there, (apparently double yellow line parking restrictions apply across verges to the nearest private boundary). There is free parking on Meredith road itself outside the shops, which will be a little walk, but again don't park in Aldi as there are parking restrictions there, 1.5 hours max I believe. You can also park in Highfield Approach, on the grass in Broadway Lane, or along Ravensfield Road or Shrubland Ave, all of which are a short walk away.

You can get to me by using the number 9 and 10 buses from Tower Ramparts bus station.There is sign on the side gate and one that will be taken up and down in the front garden, depending on when I'm potting. Address below.

How many people can come to a lesson? 

 I'm afraid I am limited to about six working spaces in the studio. It isn't that big. In the summer I can accommodate more using my pop up gazebo, probably another six people. Parents of children are always welcome to come to parties and hang around, and as far as is possible will be plied with tea and coffee!

 Where is the studio? 

The studio is at 559 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6JU. Tel :01473463467 mobile 07759951464 (mobile is the best way of contacting me)

Some do's don'ts

Do wear old clothes (aprons are provided but they won't cover all of you!)

Do have an idea of things you want to make, or try to make!

Don't come in your Sunday best 

Do listen to what you are told regarding glazes and other chemicals (some of them can be not very good for you!)

Do wear sensible shoes (no stilettos  please)

Do get in touch if you like what you've read or have any questions 


Dates and lesson details.

Dates of pottery lessons in 2017

From 1st January lessons will be morning and evening every Wednesday and Thursday 9:30-11:30 am and 7:30-9:30 pm. These sessions book up pretty quickly. Wednesday mornings have been the quietest so far. Please ring for availability.There are some Saturdays and Friday evenings too depending on baby sitter availability.

 

If you would like to make a group booking for 4 or more people it is usually possible to arrange a mutually convenient date in addition to the above.  Please ask.

 ***********Raku Classes as one offs.**********

19th August 7:30pm 2017 Cost £30 per person

Mutually convenient dates can be arranged. Max group size 6 people.  

One off sessions will consist of glazing and firing two items in two consecutive firings. Choice of items may vary but will try to have available tea bowl, small curved bowl and tiles for people to choose from. There will be nibbles and drinks provided. Plus you will go home smelling of bonfires! 

****Pottery courses for beginners and improvers****

Duration - 6 weeks (adhoc, may not be consecutive weeks,depends on slots and times available)

Cost- £120(saving £30)

Description and content - The course is for beginners or those wishing to explore the basics of throwing.  It will consist of six 2 hour lessons on the wheel. These may be electric or treadle. You will be encouraged to have a go on each. The aim will be to make tall cylinders and shape variations from the cylinder.

Week 1- getting centred

Week 2 - improving centring and drawing up

Week 3  - Aiming for a consistent height

Week 4  - Throwing straight, then adding a curve!

Week 5 and 6 - Chance to practice what you have done over the last four weeks with pointers for improving your basic starting position.

 

  

    Spring Studios my former work place, which is sadly closed. Still an interesting video though.

 There is a short video of the studio, myself and Rob on youtube. Please click the link below to view.

 

The Studio from the outside.