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!
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Age restrictions: 18+
I was surprised in ways at attendance to this event. Not only was it much more laid back than I t...
3 hours ran out so fast when you are having fun. Very friendly hosts.
Really friendly staff and a great space. Will definitely be back:)
I was surprised in ways at attendance to this event. Not only was it much more laid back than I thought in what you were encouraged to make, but also in how many attempts you were encouraged to take at the more difficult aspects like the throwing. I genuinely went in believing that the session would be highly prescriptive with what would be made, with a strictly instructor led process, but I was very wrong. In addition there was no rushing, and refreshments offered freely.
3 hours ran out so fast when you are having fun. Very friendly hosts.
Really friendly staff and a great space. Will definitely be back:)
A really lovely evening- the 2 & 1/2 hours in a group of 8 was the perfect amount of time. Finolla and Jasmine were great teachers, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. Lovely creative evening- I intend to do the pottery throwing course next :)
I had a fabulous experience with friendly and patient hosts.
Great experience. Naomi was the perfect teacher.
Really enjoyed the session , Naomi was fab , really patient and excellent at explaining everything .
Enjoyed every minute of it
A wonderful creative evening for my mum and I. It’s was fun to try throwing on the wheel - something completely new to both of us - and do something creative whilst spending time together. Our host were skilled, friendly and supportive. A great experience. Thanks.
We had a great time, it was great for beginners, the hosts were kind, approachable and knowledgeable. It was pitched really well and we'll-paced too.
Both of our teachers were great and gave very clear instructions lots of time to complete our pots very relaxed atmosphere no time pressures thoroughly enjoyable evening thanks so much Jaci and Molly
I really enjoyed my recent class, the teaching was great, the atmosphere was welcoming and friendly and I was thrilled with what I got to make! Would definitely recommend to anyone new to pottery and keen to try a variety of skills!
Really enjoyed our time with Lucy and Holly. They were great teachers and helped us all to make something fun. Looking forwardd to collecting the work in a few weeks and seeing how it's turned out!
Lovely staff and nice open workshop to let your creative juices flow!
Would be a good idea to look at some designs before turning up to give you an idea of what to make but absolutely loved it. Have already recommended to friends!
Both my self and Sophie really enjoyed the evening. Fiola made me feel totally at ease. She was very caring as I have a few mobility issues.
Hi, we had an amazing evening last night. The evening was so nice and we even amazed ourselves with our own masterpieces. Finola was a great teacher as was the rest of the team.
Thank you so much
Had a great night, bought for me as a gift for my 70th birthday, I enjoyed the creative experience.
Brilliant teaching, very patient. Great facilities, overall was excellent experience. Highly recommended
We had a great time, we were able to use the wheel and make something by hand, it was all explained to us and we were supported throughout, would definitely recommend!
Always wanted to try throwing and was as wonderful as hoped. Great instructions, relaxed and got to keep newly made products! Hooked and want to do more!
Really good experience and the hosts were really welcoming and a good introduction into pottery, would highly recommend.
This is a good session - I enjoyed having enough time to sit and work independently on my own builds and be able to ask for help and tips as I went as well as to have a go to learn the wheel. A good way to spend an evening
A fantastic evening of fun with excellent tuition
I really enjoy my first ever pottery class and am pleased with what I produced. Thanks 😊
Had a great time and pleased with what I made.
We all really enjoyed the workshop. The two facilitators were really good teachers: very clear and helpful. Great to do both hand building and time on the wheel. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Thank you.
We had a lovely time trying our hand at pottery. We were completely new to it and our hosts were amazing. We will certainly be back again. :)
The workshop was so much fun! I was able to try out throwing on the wheel and also hand building. The hosts were incredibly helpful and gave great lessons on how to do different things. I'll definitely be back!
Was a bit sceptical initially but had no need. We felt really welcome and comfortable. Di loved the wheel, making a very nice bowl and I had fun creating a 'garlic roaster.' We both felt the mix of direction and support and time to work independently was well balanced which meant we were able to learn and look forward to more. We hope to be back.
Really friendly and enthusiastic hosts, great range of things to make and techniques to learn and use. Nice environment, parking was fine. Great fun with the girls - would highly recommend!
Me and my partner had such a great time at this workshop! The hosts were so good at explaining and helping you with anything you needed, and set a really fun atmosphere for the evening spent in a lovely group. Couldn't believe the results we got on the hand moulding and wheel. The studio is also lovely. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try pottery. A really great first introduction workshop or place to grow a few skills.
This was an excellent evening out. Our hosts were very helpful at the start, letting us know everything that was on offer, and then just gave us free rein for the whole session, (although they were on hand if we needed anything). You could make us much or as little as you wanted, using as much clay as you could get through. Would highly recommend as a fun activity.
Fantastic teachers and resources. The tutors were supportive of our creative visions, and patient with our learning. It was a fun event to be in. Great to try both kinds of pottery. This was our second time, and it was just as exciting doing it a second time, and I enjoyed being able to make very slightly more advanced work that what I felt able to do in the first session. Have been raving about it to friends, and can't wait to go back.
Fantastic evening with lovely hosts! Would recommend to all!
Such a fantastic experience- felt that the support from the team was above and beyond. Such a warm and inviting space. I would thoroughly recommend for anyone looking to do a course.
Really enjoyed the pottery class and would recommend to a friend. I hope to come to another class soon!
Fun evening, particularly enjoyed the wheel.
Great experience, would definitely recommend
Really good experience! Only improvement would be slightly more guidance on the handcrafting work. Really lovely hosts, thanks!
The two girls were informative and friendly, made it an enjoyable experience
A fun and informative experience! In a welcoming and friendly environment. Would highly recommend.
It was a lovely evening doing pottery with my Wife, the hosts were extremely helpful and very friendly! You can learn alot and have so much fun in the 3 hours you’re there!
It was great fun and well run
Was a fun introduction to pottery. Felt time was a bit short on the wheel but that’s due to enjoying it so much!
We had an awesome time. Learnt so much in such a short space of time. Would definitely recommend.
Loved it! Thank you!
Amazing experience, loved every minute. It lasted more than 3 hours, time went by so fast! Would love to do it again.
What an amazing experience, had so much fun and amazed myself at what I created!
Came on my own, but was made to feel included and welcomed. I had no clue what i was doing but the teaching was very clear, with lots of help throughout the evening.
Facilitators were friendly and supportive, activity was fun and engaging .
A fun evening which flew by. It was great to have a go at the wheel and Naomi was very encouraging and happy to rescue when needed. It's a lovely studio and the team was friendly and welcoming 🙂
Thank you so much for the introduction into throwing and hand building, I really enjoyed it and would love to come again.
I really enjoyed my day, 3 hrs is perfect as it gives you time to settle in. The hosts were great giving plenty of encouragement to all. And it was nice to having the option of trying the wheel, something I may come to at a later date.
Fun workshop accessible to beginners. The team is great and will make sure you get all the info you need to bring your project to life!
Really loved the wheel throwing …. Could have done that all night. My first time ever … it was great fun.
I ran out of time doing my hand building of a slab square box. Needed more time to cut the squares exactly the right shape and let them dry a little so they were more leather hard to stick the box together. I also rushed the colour application which was a shame. There was no yellow or green colours to paint my sunflowers.
Really enjoyed the whole evening. Thank you.
This workshop teaches both hand building and wheel throwing quickly and concisely - everyone got the hang of the wheel in just an hour, and had plenty of time to practice hand building on top of that!
I got this for my husband as a gift and wasn't sure what to expect, we had a fab time! So much so we will likely book again, was a fantastic little bit of escapism ;)
I had a great time which went all too quickly.. Everyone was very helpful explaining things easily for a novice like me ..
Easy to find, really fun and loads of creative freedom in the session, but still learning the skills needed from a beginner perspective, but also enough to keep someone who has done it before occupied. super fun, thank you so much! absolutely loved it
Thoroughly enjoyable evening. It was great to be creative and have something to show for our efforts. The team were lovely and so helpful. A great experience.
This was my fathers 75th birthday present as he always wanted to throw etc, so I booked and my niece too! We all had an utterly fabulous time, time that even in a heatwave went far too quick.
Thoroughly enjoyed, I’ve never known the 3 of us so focused and thoughtful.
Would HIGHLY recommend.
Was a friendly event which I did on my own. Made to feel welcome and Thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Such a great afternoon I had no experience but the tutors were so good I was making in no time I even managed to throw a decent bowl! Had a great time can highly recommend!
Naomi and Meredith are the best hosts ever. Second time I've done this class. Really good fun way to spend an evening :)
Very welcoming, instructive but relaxed.
I had such a lovely time getting stuck into wheel throwing for my first ever time. It really surprises me how much I enjoyed it :) Exploring hand building was fun too. The studio is so spacious, airy and lovely. And the hosts were so so nice too! Such a good evening and will definitely be going back to try out more wheel stuff :)
This was a great workshop as an intro to pottery. The pace was just right and we got to grips with the basics... it definitely has made me want to try more pottery
The hosts were really patient with me, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
I had a great few hours and it really took my mind off of things which is what I needed. Fantastic value for money.
I really enjoyed the experience, especially the wheel throwing. Felt like we did so much in such a small amount of time... the 3 hours just flew! Would love to have learnt a tiny bit about glazing as we did use the glazes, but I understand that is a different class in itself. Can't wait to see the final pieces and to maybe book in for some longer courses!
Big bowl energy
For a beginner, the host made it easy for us to understand. There would be on-hand help and guidance when needed.
Had a fantastic afternoon at ridgeway studios with a Friend. The instructor Tory and Naomi were so friendly, welcoming and gave clear instructions through out the class and as a result very happy with my 2 creations. Will definitely be recommending to others.
The hosts made the whole session seem easy and fun. Definitely recommend the session if you want to try using a potters wheel
Loved this workshop so much! Naomi and Meredith were amazing instructors and the studio itself was beautiful! Already looking forward to going back!
Great fun - good instruction but not too rigid and plenty of time to play with clay
We loved this pottery experience. It was a really chilled and relaxing environment to learn in and the hosts were so lovely and helpful. Would 100% recommend!
This is the second time I have done this workshop and I had so much fun. The staff are super friendly, helpful and allow you to be creative no matter your ability! A great day out for sure!
Really friendly and helpful hosts! A great day!
Brilliant fun. Would love to do again!
Friendly warm atmosphere and lovely people .
A great creative evening. Much fun and laughter
We were really well looked after through the session and thoroughly enjoyed our time at Ridgeway Studios, thank you!
Really well run sessions, fun and educational
This is the second time I have been and would definitely go again! Brilliant experience and lovely hosts.
I loved this experience. I've always wanted to try throwing and working with clay and this was the best introduction into it without knowing anything! It was creative and fun and the hosts were really enthusiastic and helpful. I would definitely recommend doing this workshop!
We all had such a lovely afternoon, everyone was so helpful and attentive. Thank you.
Lovely hosts and had a great time!
It was a very relaxed and fun workshop. Really enjoyed the laid back vibe with 1:1 tutorials if needed. Would definitely go back!
Amazing experience for beginners into pottery, the hosts were really friendly and ensured you made most of your time at the workshop. This is amazing value for money! I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
Really great fun in a lovely upbeat but relaxed atmosphere. The time went so quickly because we were so engrossed in what we were doing. Would definitely recommend for a group, couple or on your own.
Meredith and Naomi made this experience wonderful! They were super helpful and patient and my mum and I enjoyed every second of the 3 hours. Totally recommend, would 100% do it again 😊
Fantastic experience. All the hosts were brilliant - very knowledgeable and friendly.
Really fun and light hearted session but informative and we got to make lots of things! Learnt a lot from fantastic teachers
Me and Paul would like to say a massive thank you for this experience!
We liked the variety of activities and relaxed approach and very much hope to do it again.
We achieved much more than we had expected.
Such a lovely studio and even lovelier hosts ! Everyone was very welcoming and helpful . The workshop had a clear structure and we had enough time to faff about before deciding what to develop. I'll be going back soon hopefully !
Judgement free zone to be creative, lots of time to try different things and lovely staff.
The whole team were really friendly and welcoming, I had a very enjoyable afternoon and would recommend to anyone who fancies a creative afternoon out.
I had an amazing pottery session! The team was super friendly and very helpful. I highly recommend to anyone. I loved it so much that I am looking at other sessions they hold in the future.
My wife and I had a lovely time at Ridgeway - thoroughly recommend it. Relaxing, creative and fun! Will definitely go back
It was really interesting and we learnt a lot.
Couldn't rate it enough! Experienced and warm teachers, very patient and encouraging! Great range of tools and materials, felt like there was loads of variety. Fab evening !
Had the most wonderful time at Ridgeway! Really good value for money, got to make loads of things and the hosts were so helpful and supportive. Great atmosphere- 10/10!
loved it! i felt like i really got the time to get creative and it was such a good chance for me to get creative. This was a really good taster for me and has inspired me to book onto a course to further learn pottery. Thank you so much!
Really amazing class , taught me all the basics and has left me a lot more confident to try myself at home !
Had a great evening - thank you!
Great host, very fun and learnt a lot about pottery.
An opportunity to be creative with clay with teachers who were friendly and encouraging. Also a supportive and enabling atmosphere. I ended up standing for most of the 3 hours though which meant I felt a bit tired at the end. Thank you.
Naomi and Meredith were both very approachable and knowledgeable, would recommend and may come again :)
Amazing experience, we tried a couple of hand-making clay techniques and pottery wheel for the first time. We were provided with instructions and support along the way. Really enjoyed it and would like to do more pottery in the future
A lovely way to spend the afternoon. Inspiring!
Really enjoyed this pottery session yesterday. Great teachers who explained everything clearly and gave everyone the confidence to get stuck in and have a go. Good fun and I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes to make things.
Have been to crafty Saturdays quite a few times now. Really fun to have access to both hand- building and throwing on the wheel. Great intro to pottery.
Fab hosts and very knowledgeable. Fun creative workshop but also learnt a lot of useful tips. Would definitely recommend. Will be back for more
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 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.
Having become acquainted with ceramics during a Foundation Diploma at the Bristol School of Art and subsequently developing that material relationship through a voluntary role with local practitioners, Lucy landed on the Ceramics BA Hons course at Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2018.
During her time in Cardiff she focused on the production of reduction fired stoneware, the development of glaze from self-sourced materials and the interrogation of what constitutes "sustainable" practice - where do our conceptions of what is and what is not sustainable come from?
Lucy is an talented thrower, a gifted communicator and experienced instructor.
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