Courses

Potstop currently runs the following courses...

Potstop courses are suitable for complete beginners and for those already experienced in working with clay. There are endless possibilities for creating your own functional pottery or sculptural ceramics. It’s really enjoyable, relaxing and totally absorbing.

2022-2023 courses

We will introduce you to handbuilding including coiling, slab work, moulding and sculptural techniques and if you fancy trying your hand at wheel thrown work prepare to have fun and make a bit of a mess!
Decorative possibilities are infinite and we will explore colour and design to complement your work.

NEW COURSES STARTING AUTUMN TERM 2022 and SPRING 2023

We will continue to run 6-week courses and small groups.
This means we will run two 6-week courses between September and December. and again between January and April 2023.
Each 6 week block will cost £140
This gives the option of doing 6 or 12 weeks or alternating every other 6 weeks. However we prioritise those on the waiting list.

The first 6-weeks starts week beginning 12th September
The second 6-weeks starts week beginning 31st October.
See below for all term dates.

DAY COURSES
Tuesday morning 10-12.30
Tuesday afternoon 2-4.30
Wednesday morning 10.30-1.00
Wednesday afternoon 2-4.30
Thursday morning 10-12.30

EVENING COURSES
Monday: 6-8.30
Tuesday: 6-8.30
Wednesday: 6-8.30
Thursday: 6.30-9.00

SATURDAY COURSES 10-12.30

FEES *The cost of each 6 weeks course is £140. *
We do ask for £25.00 deposit to secure your place.

*We are not subsidised so unfortunately we are unable to offer concessions.

*The Monday and Thursday evening courses are now run by Neil Whitehead. If deposit cheques are still being used, please make them payable to Neil Whitehead. (even though Phil’s name is still on the booking form for those days! However bank transfer payments are preferred. **

Children's Clay Club

The Clay Club is held on Saturday afternoons 1.30 – 3.00pm and is an opportunity for children to come along and play with clay at the workshop.
Why not model your own farmyard, alien planet, jungle or football pitch…the list is endless.
Adults accompanying children are welcome too.

Cost £8 per child.
For further information and if you wish to attend a session, call Neil 0781 486 2159
Neil is advanced CRB checked.

What the kid’s have said:

“Pottery is great.”
“In the morning I“m sad and then I know it’s pottery and I feel happy.”
“I look forward to how the things I make are going to turn out.”

2.5 Hour Master Classes

This 2.5 hour masterclass for 2 people. It is an ideal opportunity for beginners to experience making pots on the wheel with expert tuition. Each person will achieve 3-4 pieces which we glaze according to your choice of finish – this is most popular!

OR you can use it as an opportunity to hone pottery skills that you may have already acquired to achieve an idea using hand building techniques. We can suggest lots of inspiring ideas to create figurative, sculptural or functional pieces and there is a wide selection of colourful and decorative possibilities to choose from.

All pottery requires two firings a bisque and a glaze before it is ready for collection in approx 2 weeks.

The cost for 2.5 hr. masterclass is £120 for 2 people including materials, firings and glazing costs.

We require a £30 deposit to secure a booking.

What people have said:

“Thank you so much for a truly great afternoon, we both enjoyed it immensely. Your expertise in sharing your skills and experience and encouraging 2 total beginners to actually produce something that looks both functional and beautiful in such a short time is AMAZING!”

My girlfriend and I came along for a pottery master class and I just wanted to say, on behalf of us both, that we have wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Neil was an excellent host and made us feel really welcome, allowing us to express the inner potter, apparently hiding inside both of us. _ Nicholas_

“Thanks again – we both really enjoyed it.” Simon

“It was really good and we were very excited about seeing how our work had turned out – thanks.” Jo

Home Education

Neil runs a fortnightly Home Education workshop during the week. The children and parents have derived enormous educational value and pleasure from them, finding the children’s self-esteem and confidence grow as they see their interests and imagination develop. You are also welcome to join the Children’s Workshops on *Saturday afternoons 1.30 – 3.00pm

Cost £8 per child
For further information about these sessions call Neil 0781 486 2159.
Neil is advanced CRB checked.

Term dates for all courses

Term Week Beginning Week ending
SUMMER TERM.2022 1st 6wk Block W/C Mon 2nd May 2022 W/E Sat 11th June 2022
SUMMER TERM 2022 2nd 6-weeks W/C Mon 20th June 2022 W/E Sat 30th July 2022
AUTUMN TERM 2022 1st 6-weeks W/C Mon 12th Sept 2022 W/E Sat 22nd Oct 2022
AUTUMN TERM 2022 2nd 6-weeks W/C Mon 31st October W/E Sat 10th December
SPRING TERM 2023 1st 6-weeks W/C Mon JAN 9th 2023 W/E Sat FEB 18th 2023
SPRING TERM 2023 2nd 6-weeks W/C Mon FEB 27th W/E Sat APRIL 8th