hand painted goldfinch on a potter's wheel thrown pot on a pottery course

hand painted goldfinch on a potter's wheel thrown pot on a pottery course

On day two of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course, you get to paint your pots made on day one.

We love the variety of decorative technique employed by the participants. Some people splash the colour on whilst others take a little more time with their painting. Top work Giles!

weekend pottery course participant paints a detailed goldfinch on his hand thrown pot at eastnor pottery herefordshire

the great pottery throwdown 2022 logo

the great pottery throwdown 2022 logoWith another series of The Great Pottery Throwdown on the telly, potters, ceramics course providers, manufacturers of pottery equipment and clay suppliers are riding a considerable wave of interest. We’ve been offering remarkable pottery experiences from our idyllic Herefordshire studio for nearly 30 years. Whenever GPTD hits the screens, we are inundated with course participants and wannabe potters, most of whom are sampling the delights of the potter’s wheel for the very first time.

Having been inspired by the programme, our students soon discover the magical attraction of throwing clay, the very same, no doubt that enticed GPTD contestants to start making in the first place.

the great pottery throwdown contestants for 2022

Here’s a few reasons why making pottery on the potter’s wheel is so popular.

To achieve a ‘good pot’, you must concentrate on what you are doing. So much so, there is little capacity to dwell on anything other than the clay in hand. All the ‘other stuff’ fizzing around your head dissolves and a sense of well-being and relaxation prevails. Making pottery is a go to activity for many wishing to unwind after the rigors of the day. Just try and find a pottery evening class with less than a three-year waiting list!

surprise birthday pottery session in the heart of the uk

Under correct tuition, throwing a pot is a skill easily attainable in a short space of time. The sense of achievement produced by making your very own pot, for all its wobbles and imperfections, is undeniable.

five women holding wodden boards with ceramic creations they have made standing outside eastnor pottery next to the eastnor pottery sign

Doing anything with others often amplifies enjoyment of the activity. Although classes at Eastnor Pottery are small, individuals and couples’ bond over the experience of making – a creative community is established and the camaraderie between participants is tangible. On our Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class , participants share a wheel between two, taking turns to make pots. Just as much technique can be learnt watching your potting partner as when you are sat at the wheel yourself. Shared experience – you can’t beat it!

The excitement and exhilaration of trying something for the first time makes for a memorable experience. You always remember the ‘first time’ and making something with your very own hands reinforces that memory…quite literally ‘making’ memories.

Above all, the potter’s wheel is great fun. What can be more hilarious than watching somebody grapple with a lump of wet, spinning mud!? The audible joy and laughter emanating from Eastnor Pottery on a Saturday afternoon is life affirming.

have a go on the potter's wheel is hilarious fun at eastnor pottery

If you would like to experience the benefits of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel then please take a look at our ever so popular Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel Class or if you fancy a totally immersive experience, our weekend and one day Potter’s Wheel Courses  might be just the thing.

The Great Pottery Throwdown is currently broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on Channel 4. It’s also repeated on More 4 on a Friday evening at 7.45pm.

couple watch each other make a pot on the potter's wheel at eastnor pottery herefordshire

pots thrown on weekend pottery course

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

We sold soooo many potter’s wheel experience gift vouchers in the lead up to Christmas, Santa must have had to put in for over time delivering to all the lucky recipients.

If you did receive one, we recommend you book your session in as soon as humanly possible as availability is being snapped up at a rate of knots!

Just navigate to our home page, scroll down until you get to the orange redeem a gift voucher button and then it should be straight forward from then on in. You will need your voucher code so have it ready when you log on.

We are aware there are a few of you out there who didn’t receive a pottery experience this Christmas. Boooooo! :( BUT remember one of our gift vouchers makes for a wonderful birthday present! ;)

Good luck everybody and we look forward to welcoming you to Eastnor Pottery in 2022.

two best friends taking part on weekend pottery course holding pots they madelady throwing pot on weekend pottery course

 

pottery sign and bluebells at eastnor pottery herefordshire

pottery sign and bluebells at eastnor pottery herefordshire

If you needed anymore proof of the power of pottery, please read Fran’s heartwarming review of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course.

My partner and I spent a weekend doing this course. My partner had experience (60 years ago) and wanted to renew his interest. I had no prior experience. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My partner has Alzheimers and finds it hard to concentrate. I was worried he would find the course confusing. I need not have worried. The friendly, genuinely warm and interested, approach of Jon and Sarah, the pace and attention they gave to all their students and the lovely environment of their studio helped us both relax. A delightful weekend which I would both wholeheartedly recommend and would like to repeat.

Thanks Fran and we enjoyed our weekend just as much as you did.potter's wheel course participants work drying in the sun at eastnor pottery

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery

hand made and painted cake stand

Imagine serving up your mince pies on this beauty!

Elizabeth and her mum attended one of our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course earlier this year. She loved it so much she booked another weekend and brought her friends. This wonderful cake stand was made on her second visit.

cake stand plate made on a potters wheel weekend course at eastnor pottery