Pottery Taster Workshop by Cernamic - art in London
pottery-and-mosaics classes in London
Pottery Taster Workshop by Cernamic - art in London
pottery-and-mosaics classes in London

Pottery Taster Workshop

by Cernamic

93 reviews
93 reviews
Learn to throw like a pro from expert tutors, relaxing atmosphere in a amazing park hidden away from the crazy world and step in to a ceramic world!.

Pottery And Mosaics Class

2 hour workshop


Various locations

Pottery Taster Workshop
by Cernamic
2 hour workshop
£30 per person
£30 per person


2 hour workshop


Pottery wheel taster - learn to throw like a pro from expert tutors, relaxing atmosphere in the middle of an amazing park hidden away from the crazy world.

Learn how to throw on the pottery wheel. Get creative and relax and find your inner peace through the art of throwing on the wheel. Skills to be learn on the day will include hand building using coils and slabs then the pottery wheel throwing .

Our tutors will go over the basic steps to help you transform a piece of clay into a piece of art with the 2 hours class. Your work will be Biscuit fired and within a few weeks awaiting for your collection.

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Sun 19 Aug, 9:00am - 11:00am
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Bermondsey, SE16 4DG
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Sun 19 Aug, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sun 19 Aug, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Bermondsey, SE16 4DG
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Sat 25 Aug, 9:00am - 11:00am
Elephant and Castle, SE5 0RJ
Sat 25 Aug, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
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Elephant and Castle, SE5 0RJ
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Sat 25 Aug, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Elephant and Castle, SE5 0RJ
Sun 26 Aug, 9:00am - 11:00am
Bermondsey, SE16 4DG
Sun 26 Aug, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sun 26 Aug, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Bermondsey, SE16 4DG

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Did you know?

Picasso did ceramic and went on to create clay pieces throughout the last years of his life!
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Number of people in an Obby Flexitime classYou need to be a group of 6
Days notice required in an Obby Flexitime classI need 7 days notice
Days available in an Obby Flexitime classI am only available on Sunday
Location of an Obby Flexitime classSouthwark, SE16 4DG
August 2018

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Reviews (93)
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19 Nov
26 Nov
Great class, worth every penny. Birthday girl loved the experience.


19 Nov
26 Nov
Great class, worth every penny. Birthday girl loved the experience.
14 Jan
Such a great class! Really relaxed and fun environment. Spent the first hour doing hand building and then an hour learning how to throw on the wheel. Nam and Suzie were so helpful, and ensured we all made something to take home. Will definitely be signing up again!! Thanks :)
25 Mar
Lots of fun! The birthday girl was very pleased... Feel like a real artist with my imperfect-perfect vase :) I really liked it and I will be coming back.
25 Mar
Really fun workshop! We thoroughly enjoyed it. Suitable for beginners. Looking forward to another Obby class soon.
2 Apr
The taster class was great! The teacher helps you centre the clay and from that point its not too difficult to make a first pot design, which you can pick up once its dried, so even a first timer can have a souvenir from the class! Would definitely recommend!
8 Apr
Really enjoyed the taster workshop! Great for people who have never done anything similar as everything is explained well and you also get individual help if you need it. You also get to keep the amazing things you create as evidence of your great skills :-) There are 2 parts to the workshop where you learn 2 different techniques to pottery. Only thing I would say is that it'd be nice if you had an idea of how much time is spent on each as it felt a bit rushed towards the end of both. But that's a minor point as other than that everyone and everything was really great there!
15 Apr
Really enjoyed this class
29 Apr
It was my first pottery class and I had a great time and managed to make three wonderful pots! I will definitely recommend this class.
29 Apr
Great workshop, great atmosphere
7 May
Loved it! Staff were very helpful and I will def be coming back!
13 May
Brilliant fun! The instructors were informative yet relaxed and I felt like I learned a lot in just two hours (which flew by!). Throwing on a pottery wheel is much harder than it looks and is a bit of a work out for the core and arms - added bonus ;-) Recommended.
19 May
Absolutely amazing workshop! Nam and Suzie were so experienced, supportive, and made the class so much fun..I was laughing and smiling for the whole 2 hours! The class size was small (only 5 of us) which meant that it was extremely hands on. Even came away with a some free pots!
11 Jun
The class was great fun, relaxed, creative and I was able to make 3 pots using two methods or creating the pot. There was flexibility in what you made and the teacher was professional, helpful and relaxed. 2 hours didn't feel like enough purely out of a new found enjoyment for pottery! Really enjoyed my first session and can't wait to come back for some more lessons!
12 Jun
Really great class! The teacher's were really supportive and helpful. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone wanting to give pottery a go!
30 Jul
Excellent workshop & great teacher ... A very therapeutic experience
5 Aug
Thoroughly enjoyable! Can't wait until the next course.
5 Aug
Really enjoyed the afternoon. Hoping to do the 4 week course now
13 Aug
The teacher in this class was awesome. Really nice space and I enjoyed the hell out of throwing.
13 Aug
It was a good mix between practising & exploring ourselves, and teaching & support ... Very creative & knowledgable teacher, so I enjoyed it & recommend it for anyone interested!
19 Sep
Great class! Loved it :)
19 Sep
Great! Nam is extremly nice as a teacher and as person. Enjoyed thoroughly the entire session of throwing a small pot in terracotta and making a pot using coiling technique.
27 Sep
Perfect introduction to throwing! Really fun afternoon with friends
26 Sep
Really good fun, got to try both hand building and the wheel. Definitely recommend it!
3 Oct
I really enjoyed the taster course. Two hours of pottery. throwing on wheel was my favourite. Might need to go back to learn more.
3 Oct
Fantastic class! So much fun and the instructor was amazing. Would highly recommend.
24 Nov
We had a wonderful time at this class with Nam! He is an amazing ceramicist and a great teacher. He made everything easy, even for the untalented ones like me! Would love to go back.
26 Nov
I had a really great time and it was better than I expected. Teacher was good at explaining the techniques and it was conducted in a relaxed atmosphere. The only suggestion I have is that to make the room a bit warmer as I was very cold:)
26 Nov
The workshop was great! I learnt a lot in just 2 hours and really enjoyed the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
24 Dec
This was a wonderful workshop! It was everything I expected. The small class size means that each person gets individual attention. I liked the format of the class, the interesting facts given about ceramics and the overall calming atmosphere. Would definitely do it again!
25 Dec
The class was in a very relaxed environment. The tutor had great expertise in this field and supported everyone with great hospitality and respect. Effective communication throughout and a fantastic field to get into!
16 Feb
Absolutely loved the class! It's really well taught, with excellent materials and equipment. I would've loved to spend more time of the wheel, rather than the handmade pottery, but still really enjoyable. Will definitely be back for another class!
4 Mar
Had a great time at the 2 hour session, highly recommended!
11 Mar
It was a really fun workshop. Nam was a patient and knowledgable instructor.
18 Mar
Had a great time playing with clay and even made something out of it! Great course and very cool teachers who are themselves great artists. Learned a lot whilst having fun. Would definitely recommend!
18 Mar
Great taster session, Nam was welcoming and informative. I'd recommend it if you want to get out of the house and just see if pottery is your thing. You practice hand building and the wheel within the 2 hour session.
18 Mar
Nam was a brilliant teacher. Good value for money as well.
18 Mar
Great class! Always wanted to try it and Nam is so creative he made the class so enjoyable. Definitely worth going to!
1 Apr
Super fun with enthusiastic and encouraging instructors!
8 Apr
I had a lovely time. It relaxing and casual, just what I needed. I had a chance to build something by hand and on the wheel. It is a taster session so time does go quick, but it was enough for me to be interested in a full course.
8 Apr
Friendly and relaxed atmosphere. A great introductory workshop and can’t wait to go on a full day course. Thanks nam for a fantastic afternoon
9 Apr
Really enjoyed this class - would definitely recommend.
15 Apr
This was a lovely taster workshop. Enjoyed both the coiling and throwing parts. Very relaxed and friendly.
15 Apr
Really fun, great staff
16 Apr
Quite fun to learn the basic skills and very enthusiastic tutors. It would be good to have a bit more time though.
16 Apr
Very insightful as my first ever attempt at pottery. Great teacher and managed to finish a few pieces that I can take home.
16 Apr
Really fun class - I think I have the throwing bug!
22 Apr
This was such a fun and different day out. The class was well organised and the instructors were extremely helpful and knowledgeable of their craft, but still made it fun and enjoyable! I would high recommend this class!
22 Apr
Really enjoyed the class. The tutors were really friendly and helpful and provided a great intro to pottery and ceramics. Looking forward to picking up the pieces we made and will definitely go back. Thanks!
25 Apr
The class was a nice experience.Tutor made everyone feel at ease.very friendly and was very good with instructions.I would recommend this course @ The old Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey...
27 Apr
Really loved this session! I was a complete beginner and felt like I was able to walk away after 2 hours having already learnt basic ceramic skills. Keen to go back again, the group was a perfect size which meant the tutors were on hand to provide focussed attention on each individual’s performance to help you properly master your skill. Easy to book through Obby.
29 Apr
Great short workshop perfect for a weekend getaway to learn a new skill.
29 Apr
Nam and the team where great tutors, and very tentative even when in a medium to large sized group. The class was fun, enjoyable and a perfect intro to coiling and throwing on a wheel. The pottery itself was relaxing but also the added bonus of being able to collect your work for a small fee after its been glazed and fired. Highly recommend!
29 Apr
Excellent experience really enjoyed it, very good atmosphere , people super nice, I wish it could have last longer!
30 Apr
If you’ve been umming and aring about going to try this out, just book it! It’s a fun couple of hours and it goes so quickly! Nam makes the instructions clear and helps you as much as you need and although I’m defiantly no good at coiling (or I need more practice) it was fun to try an alternative to throwing! Recommend this to anyone!
30 Apr
Great taster class, would definitely recommend for a first timer. Nam explained and taught us two techniques 1)Coil 2)Throwing.
30 Apr
Class was super informative and Nam was a great teacher. Lots of fun and definitely worth it.
30 Apr
Nam and Charlotte were great teachers. The workshop was such a fun , new experience for me and has made me want to try more pottery sessions! Highly recommend it
6 May
Had a fun afternoon. Nam the tutor, was very informative, enthusiastic and passionate about the art of pottery.
10 May
The class seemed disorganised and crowded. At the start
21 May
Great workshop; good balance between hand building and throwing. Very much enjoyed it for a Sunday afternoon. Could have had another hour of throwing.
24 May
It was a really fun and informative session!
27 May
Great fun!
27 May
This was a great workshop with two fantastic tutors
28 May
This workshop was great. I had a very nice time. Nam was friendly and explained us well. I strongly recommend if you want to try something different and are interested in pottery!
2 Jun
great and helpful
3 Jun
This was such a fun class. Got to learn about two types of pottery making, the coil pottery and the wheel pottery. The the teacher gave us a lot of information about the the clay types and techniques and I learnt so much in 2 hours.
3 Jun
Great course, very reasonable price and good fun for someone who wants to try something new!
3 Jun
Great! We really enjoyed it!
4 Jun
This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to get a taste of pottery. Nam was excellent and the class allows the participants to experience different types of pottery as well as keep the goodies! Materials were generously available and Nam is great at giving everyone personal time as well as working with the whole group. Highly recommend!!!
9 Jun
Fun class but wished it was longer!
9 Jun
This workshop was great and I'd definitely recommend it! Nam and Suzie are both friendly, great teachers and ensured we all had something to take home, as well as making the class really fun.
10 Jun
Such a great class, had a really really fun and enjoyable time. Wonderful teacher, I highly recommend!!
10 Jun
This workshop was great!
11 Jun
Great 2 hour taster session with Nam and his enthusiastic team on Sunday afternoon. Large easy to reach studio - clay throwing was the highlight! Looking forward to seeing my creations soon!
12 Jun
Great class, great teacher!
12 Jun
I know nothing about Potter, but the instructors made the class very enjoyable and easy to learn. Really had a lot of fun! Would definitely recommend it to newbies or even those who have done it before.
18 Jun
Fantastic taster pottery class! It was fun to try to make a bowl and make some ceramics on the wheel.
Hiu Man Eunice
20 Jun
A nice class that is good for beginners.
30 Jun
So much fun, had an amazing time. Definitely recommend this class.
2 Jul
Really nice experience. If you never tried pottery class, this is the right way to understand if you really like it. A general imprinting about pottery can let you decide to sign up for a class. Otherwise you can spend relaxing hours followed by two good and kind teachers. Thank you guys hope to see you soon again.
16 Jul
I loved this pottery class. Nam is a great teacher but also let’s you do your own thing and there’s no pressure creating anything you don’t want. I’m really pleased with the pots I made and was happy that we could get them glazed and take home! Will definitely be back for more.
24 Jul
A really good class, with excellent demonstrations. However, the class was very full, and I thought we would have more time on the wheel.
24 Jul
So much fun - and it was great to be taught by Nam!
29 Jul
Very informative and fun class jam packed with technique. Great introduction to the wheel and other clay techniques, makes you want to go back for more. Thanks!
30 Jul
Really helpful teacher. Great workshop - awesome value for money!
3 Aug
The class was much larger than anticipated (about 15+ people) so individual attention was less than I'd hoped. It was nice to have half the class split between hand building and throwing on the wheel, so that we could try both, and the instructor was very friendly. However, the class description made it seem like (at least one of) our works would be included in the price - but each piece that we made and wanted fired and glazed was an additional £2 on top of the workshop price.
6 Aug
Really fun and well organised class for beginners. Would recommend
6 Aug
Small class so we all got a little individual attention. There was a lot packed into the two hours. Very relaxed, very professional. Really inspired me to continue pottery. Highlight was being taught by Nam Tran himself. Such a cool guy. Planning to book a weekend of pottery in October. Would definitely recommend.
13 Aug
Attended this workshop with my partner. Session went as we were expecting, very relaxing and informative. Both instructors were great at guiding us in the creation process.
13 Aug
Really enjoyed the part of the class on the pottery wheel. Good guidance given during the work and help was provided. Very attentive. Could do with a better location, difficult to find the place
13 Aug
Perfect taster. Nam got us straight into making, with right balance of pace, great narrative, inspiration & exploration. Just Do it!
13 Aug
This was one of the most fun class I took in a very long time! I had always wanted to learn the technical skills needed to create clay pots and the instructor did a fabulous job guiding us learn the skill! Definitely coming back here for more sessions!

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Pottery Taster Workshop by Cernamic - art in London

About your host, Cernamic

Nam Tran is an award-winning practitioner who gives lectures and demos at universities and exhibits internationally.

Nam specialising in wheel thrown raku, bringing years of experience and craftsmanship to every object made. Tran's work focused primarily on exploring the physical properties of clay and material experimentation is a strong characteristics of his work. He has been developing making enclosed forms that are much stronger than open forms and therefore resonates well with the alternative firing technique he uses. His work is dominated by thrown pieces that subtly echo the urban roots and conceptual design. Nam Tran first made pots as a teenager on a wheel in his own bedroom and remembers being captivated by the experience. With his unique alternatives methods and approach to ceramics Nam Tran identifies rules and manipulates and bends them.

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16 and above age 13,14,15 must attend with an adult

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Pottery Taster Workshop
by Cernamic
2 hour workshop
£30 per person
£30 per person
2 hour workshop
from £30 per person