Classes

Pottery and Sculpture Classes and Workshops

At The Shire Workshops we offer a wide range of creative pottery and sculpture classes and workshops. Classes run for a number of weeks or as a one or two-day course. The workshop is also available on an hourly basis for you to come and do whatever you want. Private tuition is available too. Please see details below.

 

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Pottery evening classes, The Shire Workshops
Pottery Evening Classes, Throwing at the Pottery Wheel, The Shire Workshops
Pottery classes at The Shire Workshops

Ceramics / Pottery Classes

8-week evening classes

Learn how to throw pots on the pottery wheel, slab/coil build handbuilt pots, decoration and glazing techniques, sculpture and Raku. Take your finished pottery creations home with you at the end of the course!

Introduction to ceramics – 8-week evening class.

This course is ideal for beginners of all ages, and also caters for more experienced potters who want to come and use our workshop facilities. Depending on your skill level, we can give you as much or as little help as you need.

Classes on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.

Classes run on either a Tuesday or a Thursday evening, depending on the course you book. The classes run from 7:15pm – 9:15pm each week for 8 weeks.

During the course we will teach you:

  • How to throw pots on the pottery wheel
  • How to hand build pots using clay slabs and coils
  • Decoration techniques and glazing

We can also cover sculpture, depending on what you would like to learn from us.

At the end of the course, you will have your own finished pottery pieces to take home.

What’s included:

The price for this 8-week pottery course is £125 and includes tuition, equipment and the use of the workshop. Materials and firing costs will be charged at the end of the course based on the weight of your finished pots. It’s usually around £6-£8 for an average-sized mug or bowl, whilst a large heavy vase may be around £20+, just to give you an idea.

 

Come and get creative!

We believe pottery is a very relaxing and therapeutic activity that can be enjoyed by all age groups and levels. It’s a great way to meet new people too!

 

How to book

For availability on the next course or to enquire about future courses, use the EMAIL button below to send us an email. Please state which course and date interests you.

Evening Pottery Course

Exploring Ceramics

8-week course £125per person.

Tuesday 28th June 7:15pm – 9:15pm

Thursday 30th June, 7:15pm – 9:15pm

Tuesday 30th August,  7:15pm – 9:15pm

Thursday 1st Sept, 7:15pm – 9:15pm

Please state which date you prefer.

Pottery workshop classes at The Shire Workshops
Learning to wheel throw a pot at The Shire Workshops
Making pots in class at The Shire Workshops

Ceramics / Pottery Classes

8-week Daytime classes

Want to learn pottery and ceramics but evenings are not your thing? Then come join in the fun with one of our daytime classes! 

Introduction to ceramics – 8-week class available Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

The daytime class covers the same details as our evening class detailed above.

Class Times.

Thursday afternoon 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday afternoon 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday morning 10:00am – 12:00pm

 

What’s included:

The price for this 8-week pottery course is £125 and includes tuition, equipment, and use of the workshop. Materials and firing costs will be charged at the end of the course based on the weight of your finished pots. It’s usually around £6-£8 for an average-sized mug or bowl, whilst a large heavy vase or sculpture may be around £20+.

 

How to book

For availability on the next course or to enquire about future courses, use the EMAIL button below to send us an email. Please state which course and date interests you.

Daytime Pottery Course

Exploring Ceramics

8-week course £125per person.

Thursday 30th June, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday 1st July, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday 2nd July, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Thursday 1st Sept, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Friday 2nd Sept, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday 3rd Sept, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Please state which date you prefer.

Raku glazing and firing, The Shire Workshops
Raku glaze fired bowl, The Shire Workshops
Raku glazed and fired bowl, one day course, The Shire Workshops

Raku Glazing and Firing Classes

Full-Day Classes

Join in the magic and excitement of Raku Glaze Firings with our one-day course. Spend the day learning about this amazing pottery art form that originated in Japan in the 16th century.

With its dramatic mix of earth, fire, air and water, Raku firing is an exciting approach to pottery, with quick results. In Raku, pottery is glazed with special oxides and glazes. The pots are removed from the kiln when red hot and cooled rapidly. Colours and effects can be dramatic and beautiful, and you’re never sure what’s going to happen!

Making your pots for Raku Day:

We run optional makers evenings a few weeks before each Raku day. If you have signed up for one of our Exploring Ceramics evening/daytime classes you can also plan to make pots suitable for Raku firing. Alternatively, you come to the studio any weekday to make pots for Raku firing. See the price list below for studio rates.

On a Raku Firing Day, you will glaze and fire 3 pots.

Making your own pots away from the Workshop:

Should you prefer to make your 3 pots in your own time away from the Workshop please contact us for important information about size and suitable clay bodies.

On the day we will:

  • Glaze your 3 pots with different Raku glaze techniques
  • Learn about the process of Raku firing
  • Do three Raku firings, including using combustible materials, rapid cooling and cleaning of pots

At the end of the day, you will be able to take home your finished Raku pots!

 

How to book

To book on the next course or to enquire about availability for current and future courses, please email us with the course/workshop and date of interest.

Raku Glazing and Firing

1-day workshop

£90 per person. 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 24th July

Sunday 4th Sept

Please state which date you prefer.

Pal Tiya Sculpture One Day Class, The Shire Workshops
Pal Tiya Sculpture Castle one day course, The Shire Workshops

Pal Tiya Premium

Full Day Classes

Using the magic of Pal Tiya Premium, learn to make sculptures that will last outdoors in all weather conditions. And, at the end of this one-day class, you can take your sculpture home with you!

It’s an incredible and fun product.

Add water. Knead like dough. Sculpt. Place in your garden. Cures permanently stone hard. No firing. No Molds. No Kidding!

Our product Pal Tiya Premium:

Air cures to harder than concrete! Has been extensively free/thaw tested!
You can build small or large sculptures using just tinfoil and cardboard as your core!

Suitable for beginners or more experienced sculptors who want to try this new material.

 

How to book

To book a Pal Tiya workshop, or to check availability, please email us using the button below and state the date and title of the workshop.

Pal Tiya Workshops

Tree Stump Planters Sunday 24th April

1-day sculpture workshop using Pal Tia Premium. 10:00am start, £90 per person. Email to check availability and to book, stating the date and workshop of interest.

Sunday 26th June, Green Man

Sunday 10th July, Tree Stump Planters

Weds 27th July, Tree Stump Planters

Sunday 18th Sept, Green Man

Sunday 25th Sept, Dragons!

Refund Policy

Please note the following before you book

If you need to cancel a booking we can give a full refund with 30 days’ notice before the event, or after the 30 days if we can find a replacement for that spot. If we can’t find a replacement to offer you a refund, we will keep your details and offer a place on another course/day if there are late dropouts that we can’t fill. Or we can give you the amount as a credit to be used as workshop time.

Pal Tiya Workshop Class, The Shire Workshops
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Price List

Or design your own: organise a group and a topic and ask for a price.

Use the studio as your own.

We will still look after your pots and sculptures as they are processed – £7.50 per hour

Studio Subscription

This gives you an unlimited amount of weekly studio time – £45 per person per week

Throwing tuition

Individual: £20 per hour

Two people: £15 per person per hour

3/5 people: £12.50 per person per hour

Plus, material charge by weight of finished items @ £0.01 per gram

Ceramics Classes

8 weeks of throwing and hand-building on either a Tuesday or Thursday evening for beginners and improvers. (or do your own thing). Classes also run on Thursday or Friday afternoon or Saturday morning – £125 per person.

Materials and firing costs will be charged at the end of the course based on the weight of your finished pots. It’s usually around £4-£6 for an average-sized mug or bowl, whilst a large heavy vase or sculpture may be around £20, or more.

1 Day Sculpture Workshops using Pal Tiya

Pal Tiya Premium 1 Day Sculpture Workshops – £90 per person and you take away your piece at the end of a fun day.

You can also purchase Pal Tiya Premium for your own at-home projects. Shop here.

1 Day Raku Glazing and Firing Workshop

Book in some workshop time to make your Raku pots with our guidance. Pots will need to be made at least 3 weeks before the Raku day – £45 per person to include materials and biscuit firing of 3 pots.

Raku Glazing and Firing Day – £90 per person and you take away your finished pieces at the end of the day.

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