Classes at the pottery are very relaxed and everybody works at their own pace.
Just come along with some ideas of what you would like to do – Kate will guide, teach and inspire you! You may want to use a potter’s wheel, or build pieces using either mould, slab work or coil methods, which are completely different techniques, but again, Kate will show you how, over a cup of tea or coffee!
Prices are shown below, along with some of the most commonly asked questions which should help you plan your pottery experience or maybe a birthday party.
Course of 10 Classes
Pay As You Go
£21 per class
Half Day Pottery Experience
Full Day Pottery Experience
£40 deposit and then £12.50 per child up to a maximum of nine participants†
*Price includes a choice of glazes. †Price includes clear glaze
NB: For both Full and Half Day Experiences the work will be bisque-fired, and then Kate will glaze it with coloured glazes available to your choice, followed by a final firing. For Parties, the work will be bisque-fired and then glazed by Kate using a clear glaze. If clients wish to return to the pottery to complete their work with coloured glazes the charge will be £20 per person.
Where are you?
From the A5 follow the signs for Kensworth and Whipsnade Zoo (B4540). You will drive through the village of Kensworth – towards the end of the village and on your right is the Farmer’s Boy Pub and then about ¼ mile ahead the road forks. Take the right-hand fork here and look out for the ‘Pottery’ sign on the right-hand side – again about ¼ mile from the turning. Turn into the drive and follow it (25 yards) – turning left into the yard.
What do the course fees include?
All materials including clay, a selection of glazes, firing and tuition up to a height or length of 20 cm. Anything over this will incur a small additional charge dependant on size. This also applies to Pay As You Go clients.
When are the classes run?
Classes run Wednesday daytime and evening; Thursday daytime and Friday daytime and evening, your specific time and day to be agreed with Kate.
How long are the classes?
2 hours plus 15 minutes for clearing up.
What time are the classes?
From 10.00am for daytime courses and 7pm for evening courses.
What should I wear?
Dress warmly in bad weather. Wear comfortable clothes that you are not too worried about if they get a little bit dusty or splashed, and closed-toe shoes. However, aprons are available if required.
What age range do you teach?
Generally, I have children from 4 years old and currently have mature students going right up to 90. I do ask that parents remain with their children if they are at the lower end of the age range.
Where can I park at the pottery?
We have ample parking available. As my studio is on one side of a barnyard, I do ask that you take care as there are often dogs and cats wandering around the farm!
Are you open in the school holidays?
Generally yes. However, I do occasionally take family holidays, and at these times the Pottery and Gallery will be closed.
When will my work be ready to take home?
The average time frame is around 6 weeks – your work has to dry out, then have a first firing, then glazing followed by a second firing.
Can I arrange a group booking?
Yes, I can accommodate up to nine people on a group booking. That’s a comfortable number and means that everyone can try their hands at various techniques, including throwing on the wheel.
And children's birthday parties?
Again, nine children for the same reasons as above – your children won’t want to miss out on anything, especially the wheel!