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 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 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 8 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 timeframe 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!
What happens at Children's Parties?
It's all about having fun, yet learning about how the clay feels! Firstly, we play a 'making' game loosely based on 'Pictionary', where the children quickly make a model of whatever they see on the card they are given. Then there's a 'throwing' demonstration on the Potter's Wheel – and while each child is taking a turn on the wheel, the others will be making a more sculptural piece using hollow, pre-formed ball-shaped clay spheres. It really is a lot of fun!