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Beginner Pottery class in West Hampstead

4.9(25 reviews)
Pottery Throwing, pottery wheel, ceramics
West Hampstead
In-person
£85 pp
2hrs
Beginner
What happens in this class?

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 through different scales, it's alway good to start at a size you fine easiest. for some people this is small and for others larger amounts of clay works, suits their natural strength.

You will be shown a demonstration and have 1 to 1 support to help you grasp this masterful process. It…

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Things to remember

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…

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Latest Reviews
4.9(25 reviews)
Anonymous - 5 June 2021
I really enjoyed learning various techniques and spending time learning something completely new. There were a couple of things that make me hesitant to recommend this workshop - the confirmation emails beforehand had stated that we'd be wearing masks indoors, but Freya encouraged us to take them off. I know I didn't have to take mine off, but obviously masks work by protecting others rather than protecting yourself so I would have had to convince everyone to put theirs back on. I felt pressure to take mine off so as I didn't want to go against the general flow. The session involved instructors being very close to us so this made me feel very vulnerable. Secondly, throughout the session someone was taking photos/videos of us without having checked whether this was ok with us. I would have consented but just found it a bit strange having not been asked. Apart from these two things it was a great experience, but the lack of communication/sensitivity surrounding masks and photos was a bit off.
Hitoe - 22 November 2020
A really great pottery class. Freya trained and guided us but we also had freedom to create our bowls as we liked. Freya is also super welcoming and friendly - loved the whole experience!
Vera - 9 November 2020
First time on the wheel was a lovely experience! Freya is a great teacher and she helps you understand the way clay works in a clear but creative manner! Totally recommend
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Your Teacher

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…

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Class Location
Freya's Clay Club
West Hampstead
Unit 18 & 19 Kingsgate Workshops
110-116 Kingsgate road
NW6 2JG
London
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Beginner Pottery class in West Hampstead

Reviews

Anonymous - 5 June 2021
I really enjoyed learning various techniques and spending time learning something completely new. There were a couple of things that make me hesitant to recommend this workshop - the confirmation emails beforehand had stated that we'd be wearing masks indoors, but Freya encouraged us to take them off. I know I didn't have to take mine off, but obviously masks work by protecting others rather than protecting yourself so I would have had to convince everyone to put theirs back on. I felt pressure to take mine off so as I didn't want to go against the general flow. The session involved instructors being very close to us so this made me feel very vulnerable. Secondly, throughout the session someone was taking photos/videos of us without having checked whether this was ok with us. I would have consented but just found it a bit strange having not been asked. Apart from these two things it was a great experience, but the lack of communication/sensitivity surrounding masks and photos was a bit off.
Hitoe - 22 November 2020
A really great pottery class. Freya trained and guided us but we also had freedom to create our bowls as we liked. Freya is also super welcoming and friendly - loved the whole experience!
Vera - 9 November 2020
First time on the wheel was a lovely experience! Freya is a great teacher and she helps you understand the way clay works in a clear but creative manner! Totally recommend
Fay - 8 November 2020
It was a very fun and relaxing experience! Freya was a great and very helpful teacher. Looking forward to go back again!
Emma - 2 November 2020
Absolutely loved it! Had so much fun I want to do it on a regularly basis now :)
Romy - 17 October 2020
I loved this so much. Couldn’t recommend it more!! Freya is amazing and really helpful, it was such a lovely afternoon.
Jessie - 11 October 2020
Lovely atmosphere and lovely people, Freya and Chris are very encouraging and their demonstrations and explanations are clear and inspiring
Philippa - 28 September 2020
The class was great! Freya has a relaxed, non-judgemental and calm approach is ideal when learning a new skill like throwing. She is patient and knows how to teach as well as knowing her stuff so she inspires confidence. The time flew by and I left happy and exhausted as well as wanting to come back for more! I highly recommend this course.
Chi - 22 September 2020
It was a lot of fun! Freya was great - attentive, engaging, made the class enjoyable and was extremely patient despite all my mistakes!
Alicia - 9 September 2020
We had the best time, my husband, daughter and I enjoyed the beginners pottery class and went with no expectations but came out feeling like we had just had an amazing experience, one that we will never forget. Freya was engaging, warm, informative, gentle and yet encouraging in her teaching. She also gave you space to just play with the clay to get a feel for it yourself. We had been wanting to try throwing clay and using the wheel for the longest time. On a personal level, to find a black, family owned business on our doorstep was a dream come true. As a black family we felt so comfortable and like we were home strangely. My daughter seemed to get it straight away and Freya took her on to other techniques which was great and kept her engaged and focused. We will be back for the glazing session. I would actually do the same session again or start a course. Was definitely a session for the soul, there’s something about getting messy and being creative that left us all with that feel good feeling. We got more than a pottery class.
Zayne - 18 August 2020
Amazing!
Stéphanie - 18 August 2020
I look forward to continuing pottery at Freya's.
Zayne - 16 August 2020
Excellent stuff. Great teacher
Lynn - 26 February 2020
Having not done pottery since school, to use a wheel for the first time and produce a piece of pottery that looked good was truly amazing. I really enjoyed the experience. Playing with clay was fantastic and Freya was excellent at guiding and helping you whilst letting you do it yourself. I would definitely recommend doing the class.
Siân - 14 December 2019
Really good fun, Freya is an excellent teacher! Gorgeous studio and relaxed atmosphere.
Kirsty - 3 December 2019
A friendly and relaxed studio with a variety of other students at different levels doing their work. Freja is great teacher, takes time to show you what is needed and then lets you have a go and is on hand to help out. Definitely recommend!
Ali - 14 January 2019
I can't recommend this class enough! Fantastic, friendly atmosphere in a lovely studio. The basics were taught reasonably quickly to allow us the majority of the 2 hours to practice throwing - I ended up completing 4 different pieces with plenty of support and guidance from Freya. A++
Ina - 29 November 2018
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
Josh - 14 November 2018
Freya was a great instructor and created a relaxed sociable atmosphere! Highly recommend.
Helen - 7 November 2018
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!!
Benjamin - 7 October 2018
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.
Claudine - 17 September 2018
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
Helen - 5 August 2018
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.
Jessica - 13 July 2018
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!
Lottie - 4 June 2018
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