Courses

Potstop currently runs the following courses...

Potstop courses are suitable for complete beginners and for those already experienced in working with clay. There are endless possibilities for creating your own functional pottery or sculptural ceramics. It’s really enjoyable, relaxing and totally absorbing.

2021 courses

We will introduce you to handbuilding including coiling, slab work, moulding and sculptural techniques and if you fancy trying your hand at wheel thrown work prepare to have fun and make a bit of a mess! Decorative possibilities are infinite and we will explore colour and design to complement your work.

NEW COURSES STARTING AUTUMN TERM 2021

Welcome back to Potstop!
We will be opening again for pottery courses the week beginning Monday September 6th.
We will continue to run small groups (Max.6 including tutor) during the Autumn term until we are sure we can have a few more people in our space.
This means we will run two 6-week courses between September and December.
The first set of 6-week courses prioritises the ones we had to postpone due to the lockdowns. However there may still be spaces due to cancellations.

First 6-week course week beginning 6th Sept -16th Oct
Second 6-week course week beginning 25th Oct.-4th Dec.

DAY COURSES
Tuesday morning 10-12.30
Tuesday afternoon 2-4.30
Wednesday morning 10.30-1.00
Wednesday afternoon 2-4.30

EVENING COURSES
Monday: 6-8.30
Tuesday: 6-8.30
Wednesday: 6-8.30
Thursday: 6.30-9.00

SATURDAY COURSES 10-12.30

FEES
The cost of each 6 weeks course is £130.
We do ask for £25.00 deposit to secure your place.

*We are not subsidised so unfortunately we are unable to offer concessions.

*The Monday and Thursday evening courses are now run by Neil Whitehead. If deposit cheques are still being used, please make them payable to him. (even though Phil’s name is still on the booking form for those days! However bank transfer payments are preferred. **

Children's Clay Club

The Clay Club is held on Saturday afternoons 1.30 – 3.00pm and is an opportunity for children to come along and play with clay at the workshop.
Why not model your own farmyard, alien planet, jungle or football pitch…the list is endless.
Adults accompanying children are welcome too.

Cost £8 per child.
For further information and if you wish to attend a session, call Neil 0781 486 2159
Neil is advanced CRB checked.

What the kid’s have said:

“Pottery is great.”
“In the morning I“m sad and then I know it’s pottery and I feel happy.”
“I look forward to how the things I make are going to turn out.”

2.5 Hour Master Classes

This 2.5 hour masterclass for 2 people. It is an ideal opportunity for beginners to experience making pots on the wheel with expert tuition. Each person will achieve 3-4 pieces which we glaze according to your choice of finish – this is most popular!

OR you can use it as an opportunity to hone pottery skills that you may have already acquired to achieve an idea using hand building techniques. We can suggest lots of inspiring ideas to create figurative, sculptural or functional pieces and there is a wide selection of colourful and decorative possibilities to choose from.

All pottery requires two firings a bisque and a glaze before it is ready for collection in approx 2 weeks.

The cost for 2.5 hr. masterclass is £120 for 2 people including materials, firings and glazing costs.

We require a £30 deposit to secure a booking.

What people have said:

“Thank you so much for a truly great afternoon, we both enjoyed it immensely. Your expertise in sharing your skills and experience and encouraging 2 total beginners to actually produce something that looks both functional and beautiful in such a short time is AMAZING!”

My girlfriend and I came along for a pottery master class and I just wanted to say, on behalf of us both, that we have wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Neil was an excellent host and made us feel really welcome, allowing us to express the inner potter, apparently hiding inside both of us. _ Nicholas_

“Thanks again – we both really enjoyed it.” Simon

“It was really good and we were very excited about seeing how our work had turned out – thanks.” Jo

Home Education

Neil runs a fortnightly Home Education workshop during the week. The children and parents have derived enormous educational value and pleasure from them, finding the children’s self-esteem and confidence grow as they see their interests and imagination develop. You are also welcome to join the Children’s Workshops on *Saturday afternoons 1.30 – 3.00pm

Cost £8 per child
For further information about these sessions call Neil 0781 486 2159.
Neil is advanced CRB checked.

Term dates for all courses

Term Week Beginning Week ending
SPRING TERM 2022. 1st 6wk BLOCK W/C Mon 10th January .2022 W/E Sat 19th February. 2022
SPRING TERM. 2022. 2nd 6wk BLOCK. W/C Mon 28th February 2022 W/E Sat 9th April 2022.