Cernamic art classes in London
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Cernamic art classes in London
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Cernamic

134 reviews
134 reviews

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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Beth
4 Dec
Really enjoyed this workshop, Nam is a great teacher and did his best to offer advice and help us make a really beautiful pot to take home. Would definitely recommend.
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Diep
19 Nov
Great!
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Jason
26 Nov
Great class, worth every penny. Birthday girl loved the experience.
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Hannah
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 :)

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Beth
4 Dec
Really enjoyed this workshop, Nam is a great teacher and did his best to offer advice and help us make a really beautiful pot to take home. Would definitely recommend.
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Diep
19 Nov
Great!
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Jason
26 Nov
Great class, worth every penny. Birthday girl loved the experience.
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Hannah
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 :)
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Linn
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.
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Emily
25 Mar
Really fun workshop! We thoroughly enjoyed it. Suitable for beginners. Looking forward to another Obby class soon.
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Kim
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!
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Bernarda
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!
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Jenny
15 Apr
Really enjoyed this class
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Sofie
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.
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Celine
29 Apr
Great workshop, great atmosphere
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Sofia
7 May
Loved it! Staff were very helpful and I will def be coming back!
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Carmel
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.
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Sarah
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!
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Ellie
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!
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Grace
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!
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Mvs
30 Jul
Excellent workshop & great teacher ... A very therapeutic experience
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Denise
5 Aug
Thoroughly enjoyable! Can't wait until the next course.
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Denise
5 Aug
Really enjoyed the afternoon. Hoping to do the 4 week course now
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Riccardo
13 Aug
The teacher in this class was awesome. Really nice space and I enjoyed the hell out of throwing.
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Sunniva
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!
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Marie
30 Sep
Really nice to discover different methods of pottery : )! Thanks
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Zoja
1 Oct
I chose this as an experiential birhtday gift for a friend. We went together and had an absolute blast whilst learning something completely new. Who knew throwing could be SO therapeutic! Couldn't recommend enough.
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Eleni
7 Oct
Great class 👍
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Yeona
10 Dec
We had a great time! Got to play with some clay and also work on the wheel. Excited to pick my clay babies up
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Diep
24 Nov
I love the studio and Nam, the tutor was really nice 🙆🏻❤️ I will visit this place more often in the future
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Conor
11 Mar
Exactly what I was after - helpful and friendly instructions in a really relaxed atmosphere. Good fun, I'd definitely recommend it.
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Andra
1 May
I liked Nam's insights into the potter /ceramic artist life and would like to continue with another workshop. The atmosphere was relaxed and the teacher lets you find your own style, but teaches you the basic techniques well. There's also a lot of inspiration to find in the workshop room itself as there are hundreds of pots/sculptures around. If you can catch a class, do it.
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Gablin
27 Feb
excellent
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Yasmina
8 Nov
What a fantastic workshop! Two friends and I went to the Elephant & Castle workshop and spent a few hours with Nam Tran. He was a great teacher and we had a very enjoyable day. He made the session fun while also talking us through a little of the history of Raku firing. Would definitely recommend booking this.
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Tianyan
3 Dec
Thanks so much for having us for the raku firing! Our pots look great and will be greatly treasured in our new home! :) Nam is friendly and knowledge and we’d definitely be recommending this class to everyone that is looking for a bit of hands on fun!! :) thanks, Duncan and Tianyan
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Patricia
3 Dec
This was my first time experiencing Raku Pottery - I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and am pleased with the outcome of the pots. It was interesting hearing about the history of Raku; Nam is brilliant in sharing his knowledge about ceramics and a great host. I will definitely be signing up for more pottery workshops at Art in the Park.
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Georgie
5 Feb
Really relaxing and interesting class. Were given two pots to glaze and decorate however we liked using multiple colours to choose from. We then learnt how to fire the pots which was so fun. Nam was a patient teacher :)
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Natasha
9 Apr
100% recommended! We had such an awesome time at the raku workshop! Nam was super helpful, the glaze options were great, and the work space is lovely. Most of our group had no pottery experience and now everyone is keen to take it up! Huge thanks to Nam for a brilliant morning (and for letting us pick his brain about all things ceramics!)
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Alicia
19 Sep
Great class! Loved it :)
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Debashis
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.
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Felicity
27 Sep
Perfect introduction to throwing! Really fun afternoon with friends
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Vania
26 Sep
Really good fun, got to try both hand building and the wheel. Definitely recommend it!
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claudia
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.
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Mac
3 Oct
Fantastic class! So much fun and the instructor was amazing. Would highly recommend.
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Lixia
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.
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Letrang
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:)
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Clemence
26 Nov
The workshop was great! I learnt a lot in just 2 hours and really enjoyed the friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
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khushbu
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!
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uzma
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!
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Laura
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!
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Nehal
4 Mar
Had a great time at the 2 hour session, highly recommended!
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Judith
11 Mar
It was a really fun workshop. Nam was a patient and knowledgable instructor.
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anne
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!
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Naomi
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.
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Carmel
18 Mar
Nam was a brilliant teacher. Good value for money as well.
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Mark
18 Mar
Great class! Always wanted to try it and Nam is so creative he made the class so enjoyable. Definitely worth going to!
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Sze-Von
1 Apr
Super fun with enthusiastic and encouraging instructors!
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Koyrun
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.
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Ruth
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
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Sophia
9 Apr
Really enjoyed this class - would definitely recommend.
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Rose
15 Apr
This was a lovely taster workshop. Enjoyed both the coiling and throwing parts. Very relaxed and friendly.
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Julia
15 Apr
Really fun, great staff
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Karen
16 Apr
Quite fun to learn the basic skills and very enthusiastic tutors. It would be good to have a bit more time though.
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jasmine
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.
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Rebecca
16 Apr
Really fun class - I think I have the throwing bug!
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Sheena
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!
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Jack
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!
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karen
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...
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Maddy
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.
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Brenda
29 Apr
Great short workshop perfect for a weekend getaway to learn a new skill.
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Chris
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!
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aurelie
29 Apr
Excellent experience really enjoyed it, very good atmosphere , people super nice, I wish it could have last longer!
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Anisha
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!
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Vijay
30 Apr
Great taster class, would definitely recommend for a first timer. Nam explained and taught us two techniques 1)Coil 2)Throwing.
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Adrikha
30 Apr
Class was super informative and Nam was a great teacher. Lots of fun and definitely worth it.
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Adeline
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
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Denise
6 May
Had a fun afternoon. Nam the tutor, was very informative, enthusiastic and passionate about the art of pottery.
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Taqmina
10 May
The class seemed disorganised and crowded. At the start
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Purvi
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.
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Seraphina
24 May
It was a really fun and informative session!
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lydia
27 May
Great fun!
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Claudia
27 May
This was a great workshop with two fantastic tutors
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valentine
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!
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Atifa
2 Jun
great and helpful
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Nirusha
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.
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benedetta
3 Jun
Great course, very reasonable price and good fun for someone who wants to try something new!
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Laure
3 Jun
Great! We really enjoyed it!
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D
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!!!
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B
9 Jun
Fun class but wished it was longer!
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Isobel
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.
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seetul
10 Jun
Such a great class, had a really really fun and enjoyable time. Wonderful teacher, I highly recommend!!
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Pen
10 Jun
This workshop was great!
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Chloe
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!
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Simone
12 Jun
Great class, great teacher!
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Geoffrey
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.
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Frank
18 Jun
Fantastic taster pottery class! It was fun to try to make a bowl and make some ceramics on the wheel.
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Hiu Man Eunice
20 Jun
A nice class that is good for beginners.
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Auna
30 Jun
So much fun, had an amazing time. Definitely recommend this class.
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Arianna
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.
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Anne
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.
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Suzie
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.
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Laura
24 Jul
So much fun - and it was great to be taught by Nam!
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Danielle
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!
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Ellie
30 Jul
Really helpful teacher. Great workshop - awesome value for money!
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Lena
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.
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Rowan
6 Aug
Really fun and well organised class for beginners. Would recommend
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Dionne
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.
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Shiban
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.
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Kasmeena
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
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Ann
13 Aug
Perfect taster. Nam got us straight into making, with right balance of pace, great narrative, inspiration & exploration. Just Do it!
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Jinal
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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soomaiya
19 Aug
Lovely laid back workshop where we were able to make anything we wanted with and without a wheel. I made three pots and chose to take two home which will be glazed in the colours I chose. very excited to pick them up. Would definitely do this workshop again and would love a longer class
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Victoria
19 Aug
Really good teachers, very friendly atmosphere and great location. We learn't really quickly and it was incredibly satisfying how quickly we got to make something. Highly recommend it for beginners
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Laura
20 Aug
It was the perfect balance of learning new techniques quickly and being able to 'freestyle' it - the teachers were great and gave us a lot to play with! I will 100% go back and do this again - so much fun.
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Almas
20 Aug
The teachers were great, helpful, chatty and very personable! The class itself was very interesting and you are taught two different styles of pottery making, and you’re encouraged to make whatever you would like to. A great class!
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Nicole
20 Aug
It was a wonderful experience! The workshop was amazing! Ideal to try something new and explore your creative side! I loved it!
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Panisha
20 Aug
The workshop was fab - there was a lot of support to make sure we were on track and doing everything correctly as well as not wasting time and resource so we all came out with pottery we were proud of, even as first timers! Highly recommend :)
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Ilyssa
2 Sep
It was a lot of fun. Surprised my boyfriend for his birthday and we both enjoyed the workshop. Time really flies in there and the two hours went by in the blink in the eye.
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Steven
30 Sep
We had a great time at the pottery taster workshop, and felt it was value for the experience.
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Nazia
6 Oct
It was a really nice and relaxed environment. I truly had a wonderful time and would recommend anyone who is looking for a pottery taster session. I wou
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Georgina
7 Oct
The instructors were lovely! My friend and I had a good time :) I'd recommend to anyone willing to try pottery for the first time.
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Anh
7 Oct
Great class with lots of fun and the instructor was very passionate about what he does. Definitely recommended if you want to relax and try out new things.
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Lisa
8 Oct
Really fun. Good chance to experience taster for pottery - tougher than it looks. Highly recommended.
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Meera
8 Oct
Great informative class with a chance to learn two different techniques. The main instructor is very knowledgable and helped us through each step whilst also letting us be creative.
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Natasha
8 Oct
I had so much fun! It was very therapeutic, and the mentors were very helpful, engaging and they are really concise and clear in their teaching styles. Definitely a thumbs up!
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Sandra
7 Nov
The teachers were very helpful, just wish we could've stayed on the wheel for a bit longer as 1 hour didn't feel quite enough (looking forward to taking more classes though).
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Gabrielle
11 Nov
I loved it! Nam was a great teacher, the class was relaxing, and I was very happy with the pottery I made. Definitely recommend doing this class.
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Nishi
3 Dec
Took my sister for her birthday and she absolutely loved the class! The instructors were really friendly and informative, as well as ensuring we all left with something to be proud of! However I think better directions to building F would have been handy as we reached the class 20 minutes late after aimlessly wondering around looking for the hidden building. Can’t wait to book another class just for the pottery wheel!
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Dunstan
10 Dec
Good fun and a good level of teaching into basic pottery, both by hand and on the wheel.
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Hannah
12 Jan
Support from several tutors although only a small group, plenty of space for imagination and creativity but ideas available in case you feel stuck!
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Anne
10 Mar
The decision to give this class a try was one of the best I've made this year. Nam and Susie are easy to follow, encouraging and very skilled. We really ejoyed the course and left with some beautiful cups and other creations. I would definitely recommend the class to someone who wants to keep their creativity alive and need something different to stimulate them.
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Gemma
10 Mar
Really good course
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Natalie
11 Mar
Really great class - experienced teacher, small class, ended up making 6 items and loved it! Will be back definitely.
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Tiffany
3 May
Nam's class was very easy to follow and he is generous with the materials he makes available to us. Nam also gives us a lot of space and time to get on with our own creations and will always be there when we need help. Would definitely recommend this class!
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Pippa
4 May
Best workshop I've ever signed up to! Every session was amazing, great fun and learnt loads. Nam is a brilliant tutor and I love what I've manage to make across the week! Recommend to all!
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Rachel
5 May
Had a great time at Nam’s class, got to grips with throwing on the wheel and fingers crossed will have some nice pots to take home when they’re done in the kiln!
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Laura
7 May
Absolutley loved this 4 week beginner course, felt like I learnt a lot in a relatively short space of time. Nam is a brilliant teacher. Would highly recommend!
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Koyrun
11 Jun
Nam is fantastic, his relaxed and a realitist. If you need to improve he will let you know, he also used music and humour to make the the classes very enjoyable. His really flexible and helpful. I had so much fun on the taster, I booked in for a 4 week beginners session.