Crafty Pottery: Hand building & wheel throwing

Want to give the pottery wheel a whirl? Give hand building a go? Build your confidence working with clay? Ridgeway Studios' Crafty Pottery workshop ticks all the boxes.

This isn’t a pottery experience you’ll want to miss...

Ridgeway Studios offers a relaxed approach to pottery. Choose to make whatever you fancy in their workshops. They're suitable for all abilities - from complete newbies to confident makers. Get involved, make friends with other crafters, and get inspired in return!

What to expect:

  • A three hour pottery workshop where you can try out wheel throwing and hand building - freestyling is encouraged!
  • Wheel throwing: your hosts will show you how to throw on the studio pottery wheel. Learn all about the wheel, discover what tools to use and brush up on the best techniques. Find out about centering and how to finish your piece
  • Hand building: when you're not on the wheel, learn how to hand build pottery with stoneware clay. Find out how to make slabs, join clay using the score and slip technique, how to add texture, decorations and more
  • Get plenty of demonstrations throughout from your hosts

What you need to know:

  • You can opt for a Friday evening experience or a Saturday daytime session
  • Saturday workshops are taught both inside the studio and outside under a marquee in a lovely garden, to ensure there's plenty of space for guests
  • This experience is focused on learning new skills and finding inspiration - firing isn't included in this package
  • If you want to have your work fired to take it home, your hosts offer a firing and glazing service for £15. You can opt for at the end of your session, no need to let them know beforehand

Age restrictions: 18+

Adult £40

What people are saying

Seamus Cook
Jan 2023

Fantastic evening with lovely hosts! Would recommend to all!

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Delilah Rooney
Jan 2023

Such a fantastic experience- felt that the support from the team was above and beyond. Such a war...

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Lottie Bowen
Jan 2023

Really enjoyed the pottery class and would recommend to a friend. I hope to come to another class...

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Lauren Jackson
Jan 2023

Fun evening, particularly enjoyed the wheel.

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How to get there

Yuup extras

  • Pop-up cafe to buy coffee and hot beverages
  • Spacious and clean studio


  • Adult changing
  • WiFi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets
  • Outdoors
  • Parking

COVID-19 guidelines

  • Please provide a photo of a lateral flow test taken in the last 24 hours or wear a mask during the workshop

On the day

  • There's minimal parking available at the studio, please get in touch if you need a nearby space, if you don't need one there's parking available on Ridgeway Road
  • Wear clothes you don't mind getting messy, bring a personal hand towel and scruffs / an apron
  • Bring a bottle of water
  • Arrive with hair tied back, remember to remove any jewellery on your hands or wrists before beginning on the pottery wheel
  • Refreshments are available to buy

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 2 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 2 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

You'll be hosted by

Meredith Mason

Meredith is one of Ridgeway's technicians. After studying Art and Making at Cardiff Met University, Meredith is well-read in ceramics. Her greatest strengths lie in hand-building - including coil-pots, slab-building and pinch-pots. Meredith runs Crafty Pottery Weekends which she co-hosts with senior technician Naomi. They will guide you through everything you need to know about hand-building so you can unleash your full crafting potential.

Naomi Stokes

Naomi is Ridgeway's senior technician. She's got a Fine Art degree from UWE. Naomi specialises in throwing and is experienced teaching on the wheel. Naomi and co-host Meredith run the Crafty Pottery Weekends. Naomi will reveal the ways of the wheel, she'll also be on hand for any burning crafting questions.

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