Pottery Taster Class by Sak Beh Pottery - art in London
Pottery Taster Class by Sak Beh Pottery - art in London

Pottery Taster Class

by Sak Beh Pottery

4 reviews
4 reviews
Learn to throw on the wheel and construct forms from clay

Pottery And Mosaics Class

2.5 hour class

Beginner

Hackney N16

Pottery Taster Class
by Sak Beh Pottery
2.5 hour class
£35 per person

Classes

2.5 hour class

Daytime

This is a pottery taster class with an emphasis on throwing.

You will learn to wedge your clay in preparation for throwing on the potters wheel. After centring your clay on the wheel, you will open and pull up the walls of your pot. In addition to throwing on the wheel, you will also be introduced to handbuilding techniques (slab building, pinching and coiling).

At the end of the taster, you will have made a beautiful pinch pot with lid. Your pot will be put on a shelf to dry for several days. Once dry, it will be ready for it’s first bisque firing in the kiln. After the bisque fire, your pot will be glazed for you and once again put through the kiln, but this time for the final glaze firing.

As you can see, your making experience is only a small part of a much longer process. Once the taster class is over, there is someone managing the pieces from the drying stage right through to the glazing and firing stage.

The firing of your pot, twice in the kiln, to temperatures in excess of 1000 centigrade means that the process of transforming your pot from unfired clay to a ceramic piece consumes a lot of energy. In other words, there is a very high energy footprint to the process. Because of the high energy footprint of the firing process and because clay is a non-renewable resource, we ask that class participants only put items through the kiln that they actually want to keep and which they will collect. Many of the pots remain uncollected!

When your work is ready for collection, usually two or three weeks after the class, you will be able to collect your pieces!

Due to limited shelf and storage space, pots or work that remain uncollected one month after notification will (sadly) be disposed of.

Sak Beh Pottery is a warm and comfy learning space and we have a resident cat who pops in to say hello from time to time.

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Select a class time

Sat 1 Jun, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Sat 8 Jun, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Hackney, N16 7JA
Sat 15 Jun, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Hackney, N16 7JA
Sun 16 Jun, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Hackney, N16 7JA
Sat 22 Jun, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Hackney, N16 7JA
Sat 29 Jun, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Hackney, N16 7JA
Sat 6 Jul, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Hackney, N16 7JA

None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.

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Hannah
19 May
Had a good time but felt quite rucmshed doing both throwing and hand building in the short time. Would have preferred to work for the whole time on just one of the activities and really get a feel for it. Also collection times for picking up work are not particularly flexible and difficult for someone working full time in another area.
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Valentina
4 Apr
I had an amazing and very special experience at the taster class in this studio. Tessa is a very generous and kind person, organised and clear on her instructions. I was able to make my first pot with a lid and some really unique details. I then spent the rest of the workshop painting a beautiful bowl that she had prepared for all students. I will certainly go back regularly and sign up to the full course. I highly recommend this place/

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Hannah
19 May
Had a good time but felt quite rucmshed doing both throwing and hand building in the short time. Would have preferred to work for the whole time on just one of the activities and really get a feel for it. Also collection times for picking up work are not particularly flexible and difficult for someone working full time in another area.
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Valentina
4 Apr
I had an amazing and very special experience at the taster class in this studio. Tessa is a very generous and kind person, organised and clear on her instructions. I was able to make my first pot with a lid and some really unique details. I then spent the rest of the workshop painting a beautiful bowl that she had prepared for all students. I will certainly go back regularly and sign up to the full course. I highly recommend this place/
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Emily
19 May
Such good value for money and a seriously enjoyable class with really nice teachers!
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Nicholas
25 May
Great space and teachers. It'd be nice to have more time to make mistakes and learn on the wheel and with hand crafting, but as an introductory taster it was perfect. A bit crowded, and a bit of a scramble during the clean up, but still really worthwhile. Left me wanting to do more more more! Can't wait to pick up our finished pieces :-D i'd do another here for sure

Class location

Hackney
3 Garnham Street
Stoke Newington
N16 7JA
London

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Pottery Taster Class by Sak Beh Pottery - art in London

About your host, Sak Beh Pottery

Sak Beh Studio Pottery was founded by Tessa Robinson, who lives and works in London. Her idea was to create a comfortable, homey place to work and be creative. Situated in a very busy and central location, just off Stoke Newington High Street, the studio is a drop of calm in a very fast moving world.

Tessa trained in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture (modelling in clay). On completion of a three year Post Graduate Course at the Royal Academy of Arts, Tessa set up a studio in Hackney. The transition from sculptor to potter came many years later whilst doing doctoral research in Maya archaeology at UCL. Inspired by Maya ceramic art, and in particular the pots which combined sculpted and painted imagery, Tessa moved from research back to making. After attending courses in pottery and taking up a membership at a London pottery studio, she set up Sak Beh Pottery and is now a full-time potter and maker.

Tessa's works are informed by both her Fine Art training and her research into Ancient Maya ceramic art. The phrase 'Sak Beh' can be found on Ancient Maya monuments where it refers to the Milky Way as an ancestral path or road as well as the physical roads which connect people to places. In keeping with its namesake, Sak Beh Pottery is envisaged as a place for community interaction within the context of a creative journey.

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Notes

Working with clay can be very messy, so it is worth bearing this in mind when deciding what to wear.

Age Requirement

18

Flexible cancellation policy

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

Pottery Taster Class
by Sak Beh Pottery
2.5 hour class
£35 per person
2.5 hour class
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