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9th wedding anniversary gift

these two made pots on the potter's wheel for each other to celebrate their 9th wedding anniversaryDid you know that the traditional 9th wedding anniversary gift is the gift of pottery? Jonathan did and secretly arranged a pottery wheel surprise for himself and his wife Helen.

Although the couple observe the yearly list – (last year it was bronze and quite independently purchased each other a bottle of bronze tanning lotion!) their day at Eastnor Pottery was probably their most extravagant anniversary purchase to date. 

“We never ever normally do anything like this, ever” exclaimed Helen. Well I reckon the pair aught to rethink their pottery intake as they both made some cracking pots on the potter’s wheels. More photos.


Eastnor Pottery isn’t just for kids! We have a lots of fun, inspirational and creative things for young people and grown-ups. These links tell you more about what we offer, or let us know if you want something different!

Pottery for groups of adults or individuals at Eastnor Pottery Herefordshire

  • Potters wheel courses - Create and relax in rural tranquility.  The perfect environment to unwind, learn a new skill and discover hidden talents.
  • Potter’s wheel taster – Short sessions designed for couples and individuals seeking a creative activity or wanting to strike ‘making pottery’ off their bucket list.
  • Hen Parties – Looking for a totally memorable and unique hen party experience? Relax and have fun in our studio or fabulous Potting Tent marquee on the Pottery lawn.
  • Large groups and special occasions – Clay modelling and potter’s wheel projects for a creative and fun party or group activity. Make pots on the potter’s wheel, create clay sculpture and produce personalised arty-facts. Perfect for inter generational family gatherings.
  • Family Drop-in – 1.5 hr sessions designed for families and individuals. Simply contact the Pottery to book a session, turn-up & choose from a menu of projects and techniques. We are open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and prices range £5 – £40 per head.
  • Teambuilding – A fantastic teambuilding exercise exploring collaboration and communication. Participants work together to produce a ceramic sculpture or wall panel.
  • Festivals and Events – Sessions designed for all ages and abilities, from 8 months to 80 years. Large participant numbers a specialty.
  • Community Workshops – The therapeutic benefits of working with clay are considerable and well documented. We work with a wide variety of arts organisations and community groups, delivering accessible, fun and quality workshops.
  • Away Days – A creative opportunity to interact and connect with colleagues outside of the workplace and a great way to reward your employees.
potterywheel workshop at Eastnor Pottery Feb 2017

Potter’s wheel courses

Couple make pottery to celebrate 9th wedding anniversary

Potter’s wheel taster

Get your Ghost on at Eastnor Pottery with our Hen Parties

Pottery hen parties

Artrix Theatre working with Eastnor Pottery for a day of teambuilding activities

Large groups

Grandad and Grandchildren making collaborative coil pot at Eastnor Pottery

Family drop – in

Team Photo of Hereford Heating at Eastnor Pottery after teambuilding workshop

Team building

four mobile potters wheels at the big chill festival in eastnor provided by eastnor pottery and the flying potter

Festivals & events

Creative collaborations with BMI Healthcare and Eastnor Pottery

Community workshops

Office party and away day reward sessions at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter

Away days

Introduction to the potter’s wheel

Make a bowl or vase £40. Supersize £50. Mini makers £30

Making a pot on the potter’s wheel is one of those ‘I’ve always wanted to do’ activities. This fun session offers the opportunity to do just that! Perfect for individuals, couples and small groups wanting to get creative with clay.

Making pottery a creative activity for couples and individuals at Eastnor Pottery

Create a bowl or vase on the potter’s wheel under the expert guidance of one of our in-house potter’s wheel experts. Not only do you get to wrestle a lump of spinning mud but you also, quite literally ‘PAINT YOUR OWN’ creation afterwards. Leave it with us for a month to dry, fire and glaze and we’ll drop you a line to let you know it’s emerged from the kiln and ready for collection from the Pottery. P+P can be arranged at £5 per item.

Everybody can do it:

There are no mistakes in pottery – just happy accidents and learning experiences. The positive, inclusive nature of the instruction means everybody can join in the fun and achieve amazing results.

Short break?

City breaks, rural retreats and weekends away are becoming increasingly popular with couples and individuals wanting to get away. If you ever have the good fortune to find yourself in the beautiful county of Herefordshire, make sure you don’t leave before making a pot on the wheel at Eastnor Pottery.

Did you know..

POTTERY is the traditional 9th wedding anniversary gift. Why not take it one step further and make each other a clay pot on the potter’s wheel to mark the occasion.

This is how it works:

On arrival you will be guaranteed a warm welcome and a nice complimentary cuppa (fresh coffee or select from our range of specialty teas) You’ll then meet your fellow pottery participants. (We limit the group size to ensure maximum one to one attention.) Once you’ve all had the chance to get to know each other a little better, you’ll be offered an apron and settle down to watch a potter’s wheel demonstration from your designated professional potter. Then it’s down to business.

You’ll each take a turn to make a pot on the wheel. Your expert potter is sat wheel side throughout the experience, gently talking and guiding you through the five steps to making a pot. You certainly won’t be bored waiting your turn as the activity makes for a great spectator sport. You’ll have so much fun watching each other, all the time picking up handy tips from your instructor.

At this point, you can turn your pot into a mug or jug by adding a handle. You might even consider adding modeled decoration. This costs an additional £10.

Once all members of your group have a ‘creation’ to show for their efforts, you’ll be shown to a painting table to decorate your freshly thrown masterpiece in coloured under-glazes.

The whole experience lasts between 1.5 – 2hrs depending how creative you get with the paints!

Your pot will need to dry before it’s fired and glazed. This process takes about a month, after which your fabulous ceramic item will be available for collection from the Pottery. P+P can be arranged at £5 per item.

On a budget?

Why not try our ‘fun size’ lump of clay – perfect for young potters! £30.

Fancy a challenge?

Why not ‘super-size’ with a large lump. £50.

How to book:

Pre-booking essential! Simply contact the Pottery to check availability and book your session. We are open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and have sessions starting at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. Sundays and evenings may be available for larger groups.

Looking for somewhere to stay? Please take a look at our list of accommodation providers.

A happy customer

“My partner and I booked a potters’ wheel make and paint session last minute after seeing a flyer for the pottery in a local tea room. I had done one session on a wheel previously but my partner had no experience at all. Booking over the phone with John was very easy. The pottery itself is well sign -posted with its own car park and is beautifully decorated and set up to create a warm, calming and welcoming atmosphere. As soon as we entered the pottery we were warmly welcomed by Sarah and then Jack, and even given complimentary tea and coffee in mugs produced at the pottery while we had a look at others’ work and thought about what we wanted to make. For the session on the wheel, we worked 1-2-1 with Jack who was a friendly and patient teacher and really put us as ease. He also helped me to correct a small “wobble” in my pot. Following this we were given a selection of underglazes to paint our pots with (and some more tea and coffee!) and shown how to achieve different finishes with the glazes. We were left in peace to relax and enjoy painting our creations. We can’t wait to collect them in about a month’s time and see the end result. We cannot recommend Eastnor Pottery highly enough: the friendliness and welcome of the staff, the quality of the teaching, the environment and the value for money are faultless. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience which was my favourite part of our holiday :)” Sophie

Examples of our short taster sessions

adult hands on clay at eastnor potteryman making a clay pot on the wheel at eastnor potterynot just for kids - eastnor pottery herefordshireCouple make pottery to celebrate 9th wedding anniversaryBirthday treat of learning to throw on the Potter's Wheel at Eastnor PotteryGreat weekend holdiay at Eastnor Pottery