Crafty Pottery: Hand Building & Wheel Throwing

2 hrs 30 mins

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:

  • 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 £45

What people are saying

Ryan Pearcy
Feb 2024

We arrived early yet the hosts were waiting with a smile despite our many questions whilst they w...

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Feb 2024

Great workshop - very clear instruction on using the wheel, which meant I actually produced a bow...

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Steve Harper
Jan 2024

Had a great time!

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Bethany Baker
Jan 2024

I really enjoyed my session and making my teapot. I will definitely be coming again and bring a f...

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How to get there

Yuup extras

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


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

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 28 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 28 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

Fishponds Pottery at Ridgeway Studios

Fishponds Pottery at Ridgeway Studios was created in 2019. It's run by husband and wife team Max and Finola Thomas. They provide a flexible workspace for art, design and craft workshops. Courses are run throughout the year covering all kinds of making experiences including ceramics, jewellery and printmaking.

At Ridgeway Max and Finola are on a mission to get Bristol crafting again. They aim to make the world of ceramics accessible to all and reignite guests' passion for creativity.

That's why Fishponds Pottery is proud to be relaunching Crafty Pottery Weekends. A great way to reconnect with the community through creativity. Crafty Pottery Weekends offer a relaxed approach to pottery where you can choose to make whatever you fancy. Come and say 'hello', meet the team, grab a coffee and get making!

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.

Lucy Turner

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.

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Fishponds Pottery at Ridgeway Studios.