The Obby Blog

A creative collective of teachers inspiring offline learning. We connect the curious to the talented, working with trusted hosts to create an extraordinary community to learn from.

First Time Pottery Throwing

Freya Bramble Carter, the founder of Freya's Clay club has written this need-to-know guide for all those thinking about trying wheel throwing pottery for the first time.

Belly Dancing Classes in East London

Find belly dancing classes in East London, no matter what level you are at in your abilities. Let your tummy do the dancing!

Ballet Classes for Adults

Ballet classes for adults are something that seems quite inaccessible to your average Jane. We break down the myths surrounding adult ballet classes.

Make More Festival, Victoria Park

In August 2018, Make More festival appeared in Victoria Park for the first time. A festival celebrating makers and doer's, find out about what happened, who was there, and what workshops were on offer.

Flower Arranging Courses | London

Find flower arranging courses in London to take part in. Get flower arranging tips, learn about seasonal trends and get to know the flowers you are working with.

Salsa Classes | East London

Find salsa classes in east London that will guide you through Cuban styles, bachata, and cross-body whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced in your skills.

The Best Salsa Classes in London

Find the best salsa classes in London. Whether you want to take part as a couple or you are going alone. These dance classes are fun for all levels, whether you are a beginner looking to try salsa for the first time, or you have been doing it for year.

Floristry and the Fashion Industry

Discover the relationship between the business of floristry and the fashion industry. Both loved for their appearance, how do they work together and why?

How to Make a Floral Crown by Lucy Burton

A step by step guide, with photos, to help you create your very own floral crown. Created by Lucy Burton, east London florist, this guide is easy to follow and simple!

Salsa Classes for Couples in London

Find salsa classes for couples in London. We've selected some of the best salsa classes that are suitable for couples in London for a romantic, steamy and fun evening for couples to learn a new dance skill together.

The History of Terrariums by the Botanical Boys

A brief history on terrariums written by Darren Henderson, the founder and terrarium teacher at London-based Botanical Boys.

What is a Terrarium?

What exactly is a terrarium? Find out a little more about what a terrarium exactly is, what makes it different from other plants and a little about the science that makes their magic possible.

The Terrarium Guide - Make Your Own Terrarium

In this excerpt of the terrarium guide, we take a look at some of the best places you can learn how to assemble your own miniature garden in a jar. Learn how to make your very own terrarium!

Guitar Lessons for Beginners

Looking for a guitar lesson for beginners? It can be a daunting task finding a guitar teacher online, but Obby makes it easy for you to trust and find out everything you need to know about your teacher.

How to find a good music teacher

Finding a music teacher for the first time can be a daunting prospect. We've put together a few tips that will make it easier for you to work out what to consider and how to start your search when you are looking.

Beginners Piano Lessons

We've selected some of the best piano classes in London for beginners. It can be daunting finding a music teacher online, but it is definitely the best way to find talent in your area!

Wine Tasting Guide - Introduction to Wine Tasting Terms

In this excerpt of the wine tasting guide, we take a look at some of the less familiar wine tasting terms and break them down into simple, digestible descriptions.

Wine Tasting Guide - Spot a Fake Fine Wine

In this excerpt of the wine tasting guide, written by Stuart George, we take a look at how to spot a fake fine wine which are shockingly, has a much bigger market than you would originally expect!

Wine Tasting Guide - French Wine Regions

In this excerpt of the wine tasting guide, we take a look at the French wine regions in all their glory. From the underrated Provence to the famous Champagne, learn about each region in detail.

What to Expect in your First Dance Class

Knowing what to expect in your first dance lesson as an adult can be more daunting than people think. Find out what you need to know, and how to calm those pre-first-time jitters!

5 Reasons You Should Learn to Dance

There are so many reasons why you should learn to dance. Romantic reasons, practical reasons and personality building reasons. Find out why learning how to dance is great for you, not matter who you are!

Chinese Calligraphy Classes in London

Chinese calligraphy classes are rare to get hold of in the UK. Often held at Chinese community centres, or prestigious universities, this traditional art is difficult to master and very well respected. Find the best class for you in London with Obby.

Pottery Groupon deals

Pottery Groupon deals are putting studios and the entire experience of learning pottery in jeopardy, find out why and how and where to learn pottery the right way!

Evening Classes London

Evening classes in London are a fantastic way to use your time, but it doesn't have to be a daunting 'back-to-school' experience. Find an incredible evening class, taught by passionate teacher in an inspiring environment to suit you with Obby.

Oil Painting Courses

Find oil painting courses in London. Learn from professional artists who have had years of experience in inspiring oil painting studios across London.

The Printmaking Guide - Intaglio Printing

In this excerpt of the Obby Printmaking Guide we take a look at intaglio printing, how it differs from other types of printing and what defines it in today's printing art world.

The Printmaking Guide - Modern Printmaking

In this excerpt of the Obby Printmaking Guide we take a look at modern printmaking and how we have reached that stage today, as the art has developed over the years.

The Printmaking Guide - Relief Printing

In this excerpt of the Obby Printmaking Guide we take a look at relief printing, how it differs from other types of printing and what defines it in today's printing art world.

Learn Pottery

Learn pottery from hand-picked incredibly talented teachers in inspiring environments. Obby offers independent teachers a chance to teach pottery from their own studios.

The Jewellery Making Guide-History of Jewellery Making

In this excerpt of the Jewellery Making Guide we have a look at the history of jewellery making, including it's origins and influences in different cultures

Pottery Classes for Kids

Pottery classes for kids in London. These classes can be a great way to build your kids confidence in trying something new while testing their creativity and encouraging them to make new friends in different environments.

Oil Painting Classes

Oil painting can be really difficult, especially for beginners. Learn how to paint properly with oil with these oil painting classes.

The Jewellery Making Guide - Materials used in Jewellery Making

In this excerpt of the jewellery making guide, we look at the materials and used in jewellery making, including a breakdown of precious gemstones and how they are formed.

The Jewellery Making Guide - Silversmiths

In this excerpt of the jewellery making guide, we look at silversmiths and how they differ from other jewellers. We take a look at their history, and what materials they use that makes them different in their skill.

Is Modern Calligraphy Under-represented as an Art in London?

We take a look at modern calligraphy as an art form and why it remains so popular online but yet feels under-represented by the art critic and museum industry in London.

Learn to Sew for the First Time

Are you looking to learn to sew? We've put together a guide of perfect classes for beginners in different parts of London with passionate teachers and inspiring environments.

Learn Calligraphy for Free

Learning calligraphy for free can seem like you are stabbing in the dark. We've put together a free guide to help you build your confidence in calligraphy and take your first steps on your journey.

Try a Sewing Lesson in London with Obby

Try out a sewing lesson. Whether you've never threaded a needle or you are pretty good, we've found the best classes for beginners, intermediates and the more experienced, so you don't have to do the leg-work.

The Calligraphy Guide - Calligraphy Starter Pack

In this excerpt of The Obby Calligraphy Guide we've put together a calligraphy start pack. Perfect for if you've started on your calligraphy journey already and are ready to invest in the implements to practice at home.

The Calligraphy Guide - Calligraphy Across Cultures

In this excerpt of The Obby Calligraphy Guide we take a look at calligraphy and it's impact and influence across various different culture throughout history.

The Painting Guide - Watercolour Painting

In this excerpt of The Obby Painting Guide we take a look at watercolour painting as a technique and what makes it different from painting with acrylic or oil paints.

The Painting Guide - Acrylic Painting

In this excerpt of The Obby Painting Guide we take a look at acrylic painting as a technique and what makes it different from painting with watercolour or oil paints.

The Painting Guide - Oil Painting

In this excerpt of The Obby Painting Guide we take a look at oil painting as a technique and what makes it different from painting with watercolour or acrylics.

Oil Painting Techniques

We are taking a further look at some of the most famous oil painting techniques that you can explore. From alla prima painting to underpainting, we take a look at some of the most famous oil painting techniques and who made them that way!

Modern Calligraphy

Modern calligraphy is a form of the classic art form that has developed as time has gone on influenced by the various developments in technology, society and inspiration from the modern day time period. We take a look at what defines modern calligraphy.

Evening Painting Classes

Evening painting classes are rising in popularity. We take a look at why this past-time is having a surge in popularity and find out where you can take an evening painting class.

The Woodworking Guide - Woodcarving

In this excerpt of the The Obby Woodworking Guide we explore woodcarving as a craft. We take a look at the history of woodcarving, and how it has developed into what it is today.

The Woodworking Guide - Wood Turning

In this excerpt of the The Obby Woodworking Guide we explore woodturning as a craft. We take a look at the history of bookbinding, and how it has developed into what it is today.

The Woodworking Guide - Pyrography

In this excerpt of the The Obby Woodworking Guide we explore pyrography as a craft. We take a look at the history of bookbinding, and how it has developed into what it is today.

The Papercrafts Guide - Bookbinding

In this excerpt of the The Obby Papercrafts Guide we explore bookbinding as a craft. We take a look at the history of bookbinding, and how it has developed into what it is today.

The Papercrafts Guide - Papermarbling

In this excerpt of the The Obby Papercrafts Guide we explore papermarbling as an art. We take a look at the history of papermarbling, and how it has developed into what it is today.

The Papercrafts Guide - Decoupage

In this excerpt of the The Obby Papercrafts Guide we explore decoupage as an art. We take a look at the history of decoupage, and how it has developed into what it is today.

The Pottery Guide - Raku Pottery

In this excerpt of The Obby Pottery Guide we take a look at raku pottery, it's history, the basic process of it and where you can practice it today.

The Pottery Guide - Hand Building Ceramics

In this excerpt of The Obby Pottery Guide we take a look at hand building ceramics as a technique, it's history, the different variations, and where you can practice the skill today.

The Pottery Guide - Wheel Throwing

In this excerpt of The Pottery Guide we take a look at wheel throwing as a pottery technique. We look at it's history, the different tools used during the process and find out where you can practice it now.

Where to Hire a Pottery Wheel

If you are looking to hire a pottery wheel in London then you probably have a few more options that you initially thought. Pottery wheels can be an expensive investment so there are other options available that might suit you better than buying one straight out.

The Best Free Classes London has to Offer

There are many ways to find the free classes London has to offer. Free exercise classes, free creative classes and free art classes. London has access to them all if you know how!

Best Pottery Classes East London

We source the best pottery classes East London has to offer. Get your hands dirty, try something new or improve your skills.

The Best Calligraphers London Has to Offer

There is an increasing amount of calligraphers London has to offer. Calligraphy was previously a dying art, suffering to stay afloat in a world of printing presses and mass-produced books. However, as with everything, the old became new again and calligraphy has had a make-over.

Adult Pottery Classes

The best adult pottery classes in London. Take a look at some of the best pottery classes on Obby for adults, whether you are a beginner or ore developed in your pottery career.

The Pottery Wheel

The Pottery wheel is a tool used by ceramicists to assist them while creating round shapes. Find out a little more about it's origins and where you can try out using one for yourself.

Obby Pop up at Make More Festival, Victoria Park

This year we are appearing at the brand new Make More festival in Victoria Park. From August 23rd-27th 2018, we'll be bringing free creatives workshops for adults and children in our Obby Pop Up as part of the festival line-up!

Dressmaking Courses in London

Dressmaking courses in North and South London brought to you by London's makers. We take a look at the best and the worst, and explore the reasons why you should start looking into taking dressmaking courses.

Drop-in Painting Classes London

The best drop in painting classes in London. We've chosen a selection of classes including ones perfect for beginners and ones for the more artistically gifted. We even found one that takes place outside!

Obby Pop Up - East Village Launches It's Timetable for the Summer

Read the story about our brand new pop-up venue in East Village and check out the exciting timetable of workshops we are hosting there!

Learn Calligraphy - Get Started

Do you want to learn calligraphy? Find out everything you'll need to know to embark on this skill, from the history to the supplies you'll need to start it.

Obby Takeover: Maiden Aunt Talks Hen Parties

Maiden Aunt takes over the Obby Blog to talk hen parties and gives her favourite ideas for what to do.

Obby Customer Stories: Natalie Tried Wheel Throwing With Nam Tram

Find out a little more about our customers experiences on Obby classes. Read about when Natalie visited Name Tram at his pottery studio in Burgess Park to try her hand at pottery for the first-time

Obby Customer Stories: Beth Makes a Stained Glass Window

Find out a little more about our customers experiences on Obby classes. Read about when Beth visited Aimee McCulloch's stained glass window and mirror studio in Wimbledon to create a beautiful circular stained glass window for her Dad for Father's Day.

The Best Pottery Taster Classes in North London

In North London we are home to some of the coolest creative studios in the city. The cheap(er) rent and the untouched historical building have attracted some of the best pottery classes in London and we've got the best ones for you to try!

Meet the Pro: Ally Allinson from The Makers Studio

The Makers Studio is a beautiful makers paradise in Shadwell, London. They run a diverse range of craft workshops from all over the country, ranging from calligraphy classes to regular drop in craft nights. We had a chat with the owner, Ally, to find out more about why she started The Makers Studio, and what exactly makes her tick!

Obby Teaching Guide Part 3 - Your first class: Creating the perfect in-class experience

We have created a simple checklist for you to be on-top of every single class, or course, you teach!

Obby Teaching Guide Part 2 - Marketing 101: How to find and attract students to your classes

Of course we think Obby is the bees-knees and the best place for you as a teacher to attract students to your classes. Even if you are not an Obby partner, this guide will tell you about how to make the most out of marketing your classes online!

Obby Teaching Guide Part 1 - Getting started: How to get into teaching

Setting up a business or new venture is never easy. Trust us, we know! We, like you, are entrepreneurs who are trying to make a living by doing what we love. We have put together this guide by talking to several of our teachers who have recently started a business teaching others.

The Obby Guide to building a successful teaching business

Whether you are an artist and want to teach painting or pottery on the side, a dance teacher wanting to grow your business, or you teach anything else, from languages to coding to creative writing - Obby’s mission is to help you do what you love.

Obby Customer Stories: Jenny Tries Wheel Throwing

Find out a little more about our customers experiences on Obby classes. Read about when Jenny visited Odile Cadiots studio her first time behind the pottery wheel!

Obby Craft Projects: Snazzy Peg Bag

Obby Projects are a series of quick DIY recipes, craft ideas and DIY projects that you can complete at home. Written by our teachers or customers, this months is from Kate Marsden from Creative Happy London and she shows us how to make a simple 'Snazzy Peg Bag.' Perfect for the summer season!

Meet the Pro: Clover and Emilia Pottery

Meet the lovely ladies behind Clover and Emilia pottery, these incredibly talented girls are highly qualified in their field and what makes them special is their willingness to pass on their skills to others!

The Best Places to Practice Pottery in South West London

Looking for a pottery class in South West London? We've picked out the best ones. This leafy part of London is perfect for pottery with its airy high-ceilings and naturally lit studios. Not everything creative has gone out East.

Obby Takeover: MYO's New Studio

Sam and Diana form Make Your Own (MYO) take over the Obby Blog to keep us up to date on their new studio launch in Peckham Levels.

Obby Goes to Peckham Craft Weekend

A showcase of contemporary craft in the maker hub that is Peckham. Peckham Craft Weekend is an event put on during London Craft Week 2018.

Obby Upcycling Projects: Ikea Stool Project

Learn how to upcycle a basic stool from IKEA. This step-by-step tutorial with pictures takes you through jazzing up a simple stool from IKEA all for under £30

Obby Recipe Projects: Make Sushi with Gemma & Becky from Gills Gills Gills

Perfect for beginners, this sushi recipe teaches you how to create not only healthy and delicious sushi rolls, but it is also sustainable sushi.

The Trick to Keep Those New Years Resolutions in Track in February

Don't give up on those resolutions just because January has been and gone. Keep your new years resolutions this year and really change your life for the better.

Obby Craft Projects: Valentines Scrap Book

The perfect gift for a loved one this valentines day. Make this beautiful alternative to a valentines day card and find use for all those unused selfies, saved receipts and tit bits from your time together with your favourite person.

Jewellery Making Courses: Start Your Own Jewellery Business

Take the first step to starting your own jewellery business, find the perfect jewellery making courses and read up about other people who made the jewellery business work for them.

Introducing Our New Obby Exclusive Courses

We're releasing a new range of courses, which are specially curated by us, for you. They are creative learning courses in central London, at affordable prices and with extraordinary curriculum.

Meditation for the Apprehensive. The Best Meditation Courses in London for Complete Beginners

The best meditation courses in London for those who are a little anxious about getting into the skill. What do you wear? Is giggling acceptable? What if you know nothing about buddhism? We dispel all these burning questions and find the best places to get into meditation, the millennial way.

Why You Should Learn to Sew and Why Now is the Perfect Time

We explore why the new year is the perfect time to learn to sew. Why sewing? What are the benefits of this dwindling skill? Not only will it saves you a fortune in tailoring bills, but there are many other benefits to learning how to sew! Find out what they are in this article written by Cassie Steele, Stitch and Sew.

The most unusual cooking classes in London

Obby's most popular, unusual cooking classes. Try something different, and learn something a little out of the norm. From olive oil pairing to sourdough pizza, there's something for every unusual cooking genius!

Juta Shoes, Shoe Making Workshops at Spitalfields City Farm

An interview with Juta Shoes and an insight into the shoemaking workshops that are making a difference in so many women's lives. Exclusive to Obby.

A new spiritual shop in London, Head & Hands.

A new spiritual shop has been born in London and the hype around it is huge. We meet Amanda, the fresh-faced driving force behind this absolute gem of a shop.

Embrace Winter: Winter Workshops on Obby

Learn to embrace winter in the coming months. Face the hibernation period head, appreciate how to live slower and celebrate, not fear, this time of the year.

Crochet Workshops in London with a Twist: Hook-a-Monster

Crochet workshops in London with a monstrous twist. We find out the inspiration behind these adorable amigurumi workshops with Hook-A-Monster in this interview.

Creative industries facing 'potentially catastrophic' loss following Brexit, report warns

In their research, The Global talent Report , the Creative Industries Federation has analysed employment across the creative sector post-Brexit and revealed that companies ‘rely on immediate access to European workers’

Meet London's Terrarium Workshops Duo, Jar and Fern

We caught up with London's terrarium workshops duo, Jar and Fern, to ask them why terrariums, what's next for the duo and find out the secrets to their success.

Stop-Motion Animation workshops: when and where?

We chatted with Jennifer Kidd, who teaches stop-motion animation workshops in London. What is stop motion, where might we have seen it before and how can we learn how to do it?

Unusual Hen Parties Ideas for Groups in London

Are you scrolling the internet for unusual hen parties in London? We've put together a selection of ideas, perfect to bond with the girls before the big day

How To Meditate, Can it be 'Learned'?

Louise, from Loup yoga, divulges the secrets on how to meditate. Is it a skill that can be 'learned' and how can you get into it if you are a complete novice.

A Look at Macrame Classes with a Modern Twist in London

Macrame classes are the latest trend in London and we're having a look at some of the best workshops and classes available on the market, whatever your budget.

Paper Marbling: what is it and why is it in trouble?

Paper marbling has recently been marked as an endangered craft. We find out a little more about it and where you can take part in paper marbling workshops

Terrarium Classes in London: The Winners

Terrarium classes are taking over London and we've managed to find the pick of the bunch. Compare the popular names against the newbies on the block.

5 of The Best Places to Practice Meditation in London

5 of the best meditation classes available to take in London. Whatever level of experience you are looking for we found the best mindfulness courses in the city

Be Inspired: Interview with Clem from Channel 4's, Craft It Yourself

Have you guys seen Craft It Yourself yet? Channel 4’s latest venture, all about crafting things for your home, yourself.

A Minute with the Maker: Real Food by Real People

Our partners are so great it only takes a minute for each of them to convince you of that!

Be Inspired: Interview with Turning Earth

Turning Earth is an incredible company that has started in London after inspiration from across the pond, in America. They have opened two open-access studios in central London, where keen pottery enthusiasts or makers can rent a space for 15 hours a week to create their art.

Be Inspired: Food at Heart Interview

Food at Heart’s classes blend the joy of cooking with the calm you would experience in yoga.

Waste-Free Cooking : How to Reduce your Foodie Footprint with Obby and The Avenue Cookery School

We caught up with our partners at the Avenue Cookery School, who are an entirely waste-free cookery school.

Be Inspired: The Chalet Host Classes with Wyld Cookery

Your route to the mountains – let The Wyld Cookery School help you realise your dream of a chalet job with their incredibly tailored cooking classes.

Interview with Nik Southern, Founder of Grace and Thorn

A sneak peak into the inner workings of the green-fingered mastermind behind Grace & Thorn florist in East London and it's founder Nik Southern.

5 Unusual Classes to do in London this Weekend

Discover the 5 most unusual classes in London this weekend with Obby

The 3 photography schools you need to know in London

Discover London's best photography schools!

The 5 best cookery schools in London for hobbyists

There are many cookery schools in London and the choice is not easy, which is why we had a look at our extensive portfolio of partners to bring you the 5 best, most interesting culinary teachers you should be looking to learn from.

Meet the Pro: Rosa Roberts from Sketchout

Discover the story behind Sketchout with Obby

World Pasta Day with Enrica Rocca

In celebration of World Pasta Day, we asked Enrica Rocca to share one of their favourite pasta recipes with us.

Meet the Pro: Richmond School of Painting

Discover the story behind Richmond School of Painting with Obby

Meet the Pro: György László from ExposureWorks

Discover the story behind Exposureworks with Obby

Who will win series 7 of the Great British Bake Off?

Here at Obby HQ, we LOVE the Great British Bake Off. We also love numbers.

Meet The Pro: Megan from Artichoke Printmaking

Discover the Artichoke Printmaking with Obby

Meet The Pro: Elsie and Dominika from Clean Beauty Co

Discover the Clean Beauty Co with Obby

Why did we ever start wine tasting?

Behind the scenes wine tasting with Winfield Wines on Obby

Meet The Pro: Ben Willis from Ben Willis Woodcraft

Discover the Ben Willis Woodcraft with Obby

Meet The Pro: Barley from Fabrications

Discover the Fabrications sewing school with Obby

Meet The Pro: Diana from The Avenue Cookery School

Discover the Avenue cookery school with Obby

Want to meat new people? Take a butchery class!

Discover butchery classes in London with Obby