Because I love what I do, I think it would be greedy of me not to let others experience the joy of making. Today's world seems all about computers, league tables and money. It is a fantastic feeling to leave technology at home and relax by making something beautiful out of clay with your own hands. Most people who attend the course come with a low expectation and are very surprised at what they can achieve in such little time.  

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The Courses are for 10 hours, are £10 per hour and are held every Wednesdays and Thursday for 2.5 hours per week 7pm – 9:30pm and Friday mornings from 10-12:30.

The hours can be flexible depending on circumstances.

A new course happens every month and I have a maximum of 4 people at any one time, which allows me to give every student lots of attention.

During the course, I cover various building and glazing techniques. Each person can make what they like and with guidance can use all the numerous glazes available.

I offer taster courses of two hour long as a try out, or longer if you enjoy yourself – we are open every Thursday!

The throwing tuition is best done on a one to one basis.

New in 2017 will be day long specific courses, held on a weekend, such as ‘Raku’,'Jewellery Making’,’tea sets’ and decoration techniques. Please contact me if you are interested in any of these and I will get back to you with dates.

In 2017 Walled Garden Studio will also be offering courses by other artists in different mediums.

The Walled Garden Studio:

Set in a walled garden, the studio has been purpose built and looks out over the Trough of Bowland. You will find a creative paradise, full of equipment to use, and different clay types and colours along with a nice range of glazes. It really is the perfect place to unleash your creativity and relax!

You will receive personalised tuition from me, and over the 10 hour course you can:

research ideas, have demonstrations but mostly you will partake in getting lots of ‘hands on’ making and decorating time. At the end of the course you will go away with your own wonderful creations.

The courses are suitable for a wide range of abilities. Likewise, with the work, an unlimited range is possible, as we will cover different making and decoration  methods with a range of clays.  As the course is limited to 4 people, we can do mostly handbuilding and glazing.

What to bring:

  • Clay tools if any.
  • Camera
  • Note book/ sketch book with pen /pencil
  • Baggy shirt or apron/overalls
  • Old towel

To see if there are any spaces left, please email me or visit my contact page.

The images below are of work made by the students on the March course. None of them had touched clay before and all of them made a lovely piece of work, using different techniques. The first image is of two slab built cylinders, the second image is of three thrown and turned dishes, next is a lovely coiled pot and far right is a set of 9 tiles.

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Kirstie's black vessel
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Coiled pot made by a student on her first course.
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Set of 9 tiles made by a student on her first course.
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The four images above are similarly of work made by the students on courses in 2016. None of them had much experience, working with clay, before embarking on my course The left image is of a coiled pot added to a slab pot and a circle. the image second left is of a coiled vessel, the next is a slab pot and last is another coiled pot inlaid with porcelain slip.

Hen Parties & Birthdays

Come celebrate your Birthday with your friends and make a ceramic pot to treasure forever..

Why not bring your girlfriends here for a hen do with a difference! Enjoy a couple of hours in the studio, chatting, sipping Champagne, but more importantly, getting your hands dirty and creating some ceramic pieces for the bride-to-be to take home with her!

The photograph on the right is an example of a ceramic pot made by a group of 9 people for their friend's birthday. Look at what is possible in just a matter of hours!! And the person whose birthday it is, takes home a beautiful pot, hand made by their fun & creative friends!

Birthsay party

4 week course

£100 per person 4 week/10 hour course
  • Maximum of 4 people with all clay, firings and beautiful glazes included.

Hen do

£170 2 hour pottery session
  • For 5-10 people - construct a pot for the Bride to be's home, for lasting memories & a bottle of Bubbly!!

Birthday party

£150 2 hour pottery session
  • For 5-10 people - Come and make a selection of items or one big item. Have it fired and collect within a week,