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bumble bee taking pollen from inside a pink peony

We love our Pottery Garden, particularly when the Peonies have bloomed! Such a bountiful haven for mini beasts and wildlife.

Katie our Junior Content Producer apprentice spotted this little critter filling it’s busy boots.

 

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 sign reading 'pottery' with an arrow surround by green shrubbery and pink peonies

two best friends taking part on weekend pottery course holding pots they made

two friends taking part in pottery weekend course on their wheels throwing pots

Poppy & Meg have been best friends ever since nursery and share a love and enthusiasm for making pottery. The pair from the West Midlands enrolled on our Potter’s Wheel Weekend Course at the beginning of May to fine tune their skills and technique.

lady throwing pot on weekend pottery course surrounded by pots she had thrown previously

Poppy purchased her own wheel during the first Lockdown and soon after, Meg got one too. With-in a short space of time the girls have established their own Pottery studios in sheds at home and attend evening classes together every Wednesday. “we live for our Wednesday evenings!”

a selection pots thrown on weekend pottery course

lady holding mugs made on weekend pottery course in the pottery studio

lady throwing plate on weekend pottery course leaning over to throw

pot and plate thrown on pottery weekend course

Both thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and one day hope to pot full time. They were also kind enough to write a Google review:

“Myself and a friend attended the 2 day pottery course recently and had the greatest time. Both Jon and Sarah were incredibly down to earth and made the whole experience enjoyable and relaxing. We were allowed to experiment and play with new clay and forms. I felt I came away having learnt some very valuable lessons and tips to apply to my future throwing. The location was beautiful, encompassed by nature. When more restrictions are lifted, it would be great to explore the surrounding areas more. I cannot say enough good things about the entire experience. I look forward to going back soon.”

lady holding a painted mug and plate made on weekend pottery course

two best friends taking part on weekend pottery course holding pots they made in the pottery studio

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed

green white and blue decorated bottles from numbers 1 to 8

These fabulous door numbers were commissioned by Three Choirs Vineyards, for their Deluxe Vineyard View holiday accommodation.

Jon and Sarah combined their creative talents on this one – a collaboration of skill and style.

thrown terracotta bottles lined up and drying in pottery studio

painting brush applying white slip to a hand thrown terracotta bottle

hand thrown terracotta bottles painted with white slip on table

terracotta bottle cut in half being held

inside the halved terracotta bottle

terracotta painted bottles in the kiln before firing with numbers 4, 5 and 6 on them

terracotta bottles post firing painted and glazed inside the kiln

pottery participants wearing hospital scrubs to the potters wheel introduction
We ask our guests to bring an apron or at least wear old clothes when they join us for a course or class. Although the clay is unlikely to stain, customers can get a little splattered – glad rags are definitely out of the question! It’s always interesting to see the variety and interpretation inspired by our ‘dress code’ …best one has to be the dressing gown last year!
Alternatively, you can hire an apron & towel from us for just £5
pottery participants wearing hospital scrubs to the potters wheel introduction
pottery participant wearing a green boiler suit to potters wheel weekend course