Beginner Pottery Taster by Freya's Clay Club - art in London
Beginner Pottery Taster by Freya's Clay Club - art in London

Beginner Pottery Taster

by Freya's Clay Club

8 reviews
8 reviews
Pottery Throwing, pottery wheel, ceramics

Pottery And Mosaics Class

2.5 hour class

Beginner

West Hampstead, Kilburn, North West London NW6

Beginner Pottery Taster
by Freya's Clay Club
2.5 hour class
£50 per person
Flexitime
£45 per person

Classes

2.5 hour class

Daytime

This is a taster session and shows a snippet of what goes on in our working studio. Here, we teach the beginning stages of throwing on the wheel. Starting by kneading the clay and preparing it into balls, big and small, so you can work your way up in scale.

You will be shown a demonstration and have 1 to 1 support to help you grasp this masterful process. It can be difficult if you are learning it for the first time and by all means we do not expect you to be an expert in less than 2 hours but we think we are pretty good teachers and will have you all going home with at least a few pieces if you wish, or a lot more. We want you to enjoy the experience in our zen studio.

On the wheel, you will learn how to centre the clay, open it up and pull the walls up into a cylinder to start with and then into any form you want. We see a cylindrical form as a starting point, learn how to gather hight first, and then stretch into various forms. We explore open forms such as bowls, plates as well as the tall and narrow, such as vases and bottles all in 2 hours, just to give you an overview of how this works and what it involves. You then may select your favourite 3 pots to glaze or keep them all to start a 4-week throwing course.

If you choose to return for the glazing session, this will be arranged immediately at the end of the session at £20. Your pots will be turned at leather hard stage (footings will be carved into the bottoms for you) and then bisque fired ready for your glazing session.

The glazing session is in- depth and can take equality as long as the throwing session with over 30 stoneware glazes to choose from- all hand made by us! You will be taught how to apply them and combine glazes together to create a selection of beautiful finishes.

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Sat 12 Jan, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Sat 9 Feb, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sat 23 Feb, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sat 23 Mar, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
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West Hampstead, Kilburn, North West London, NW6 2JG
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Flexitime Class

This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.

Number of people in an Obby Flexitime classYou need to be a group of 5
Days notice required in an Obby Flexitime classI need 7 days notice
Days available in an Obby Flexitime classI am only available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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Reviews (8)
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Lottie
4 Jun
Freya was a brilliant teacher. She provided incredibly clear instruction in a very relaxed setting. And made something potentially incredibly difficult feel really achievable to a complete novice. All the staff were super helpful. Thank you Freya x
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Jessica
13 Jul
Freya's studio has a great atmosphere and it's evident how talented the potters are. It was clear from the start how knowledgeable Freya is and how experienced she is at teaching. We had plenty of materials, a lot of time on the wheel and Freya was always able to help if things went wrong!

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Lottie
4 Jun
Freya was a brilliant teacher. She provided incredibly clear instruction in a very relaxed setting. And made something potentially incredibly difficult feel really achievable to a complete novice. All the staff were super helpful. Thank you Freya x
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Jessica
13 Jul
Freya's studio has a great atmosphere and it's evident how talented the potters are. It was clear from the start how knowledgeable Freya is and how experienced she is at teaching. We had plenty of materials, a lot of time on the wheel and Freya was always able to help if things went wrong!
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Helen
5 Aug
I have wanted to try pottery throwing for a long time! This class seemed perfect as it focused solely on wheel work. It did not disappoint! Freya is a great teacher and explains everything so well! We all managed to make around 6 pots/bowls each in the time we had. The time flew by! I could have spent all day there it was so much fun! I am certainly heading back to do more there and I would highly recommend the class to anyone who wants to try this amazing craft out.
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Claudine
17 Sep
What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Freya was a patient, interesting and fun teacher and this taster class has inspired me to do a full course with Freya. Loved it
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Benjamin
7 Oct
Freya is a great teacher, and we had a lovely time using the wheel to make different cylinders and bowls. Would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to learn some pottery basics in a relaxed and fun environment.
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Helen
7 Nov
This is my second time taking this course as I loved it so much the first time! I brought my mum with me this time and we both throughly enjoyed ourselves! We only wished it had lasted longer!!
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Josh
14 Nov
Freya was a great instructor and created a relaxed sociable atmosphere! Highly recommend.
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Ina
29 Nov
Loved the class. Freya is accommodating and helpful. Both chris and herself are good fun and experts at pottery making. We had a blast. I thought the extra glazing fee was a bit much but I was happy to pay as I’m pregnant and unfortuantely won’t get back to glaze myself. I really enjoyed every bit of true class. It was good fun and quite therapeutic. Would do it again if it was on discount. But then hospitality was lovely and all the people in the class were lovely too xx

Class location

West Hampstead, Kilburn, North West London
Unit 18 & 19 Kingsgate Workshops
110-116 Kingsgate road
NW6 2JG
London

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Beginner Pottery Taster by Freya's Clay Club - art in London

About your host, Freya's Clay Club

Freya's Clay Club is a friendly family run studio that offers pottery classes for masters and beginners to the craft! Master potter Chris Bramble runs the daytime sessions and daughter Freya runs the evening and weekend classes.

Pottery is their family trade! This story began with ceramics sculptor Chris Bramble becoming a father. Chris has been making ceramic art for over 30 years, also teaching in schools and colleges. Chris has twin daughters called Freya and Yolande who both grew up with clay at their fingertips, always helping out although originally taking their father's craft for granted, they are now both part of a growing pottery business. Freya is a fine artist who wants to get everybody involved. She started teaching children during her studies in Fine art and everything began to grow from there. Yolande is a theatre practitioner specialising in participatory theatre and sensory based arts. They also have Michael, our technician and a group of helpers that they teach in exchange for helping them out with all the daily chores.

Together Freya's Clay Club love to make art with people of all ages. They love it because it teaches them about the simplicity of life and allows them to offer a bespoke pottery service, that is both small and intimate, with a style that is unique. They have found ways to quickly relate a beginners hand to clay for the first time and an affinity in pushing experienced potters to the next level of their learning.

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Notes

We welcome beginners to all the fun! Bring nothing but a smile for this masterful art form. You are in for a treat! We provide aprons. Though please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and ones you don't mind getting messy in. Eat before you come so you are full of energy, we have tea and coffee. Long fingernails can be difficult for throwing- recommend trimming them!

Requirements

Adults over 18

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Beginner Pottery Taster
by Freya's Clay Club
2.5 hour class
£50 per person
Flexitime
£45 per person
2.5 hour class
from £50 per person