The Slightly Curious Studio art classes in London
The Slightly Curious Studio art classes in London

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The Slightly Curious Studio

79 reviews
79 reviews

The Slightly Curious Studio is a creative studio based in London founded by Sampada Gurung. The studio is based in North London , Alperton.

Sampada is a multi disciplinary artist, specialising in illustration, ceramics and crafts . She has been teaching in various studios across uk for years and loves teaching and giving others a platform to encounter materials and learn skills to express their imagination and curiosity.

Sampada host's weekly evening Life Drawing Drop in class and weekend pottery classes, open to all level and skills. The pottery workshops focuses on hand-building techniques - pinching, coiling, slabbing - and wheel throwing. All classes and workshops are designed to encourage confidence, inspire and take risks without criticism while being stretched in unexpected and challenging ways.

The studio is located in Alperton, the London Borough of Culture (LBOC) 2020. The studio is easy to get to via train, bus and overlooks the beautiful view of the grand union canal.

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Jonathan
9 Mar
Demos of the techniques and then good encouragement and help to achieve results. Sampada also offers very fair prices for firing and glazing any pieces you want to keep.
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Phi
3 May
The class with Sampada was a lot of fun and at the same time I learned a lot, both about throwing on the wheel and hand-building techniques that we were able to try out. Sampada thanks for such a good and relaxing class! I look forward to picking up the glazed pieces in a few weeks.
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Seraphim
22 Aug
Thank you so much for the session! Sampada was a great teacher, lovely to talk to and very encouraging. The techniques were demonstrated really well and the environment was nice. Very close to station too so easily accessible. Definitely recommend! :)
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Jeanette
1 Mar
Instructor was lovely, just wish I got to take home what I made on the day.

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Jonathan
9 Mar
Demos of the techniques and then good encouragement and help to achieve results. Sampada also offers very fair prices for firing and glazing any pieces you want to keep.
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Phi
3 May
The class with Sampada was a lot of fun and at the same time I learned a lot, both about throwing on the wheel and hand-building techniques that we were able to try out. Sampada thanks for such a good and relaxing class! I look forward to picking up the glazed pieces in a few weeks.
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Seraphim
22 Aug
Thank you so much for the session! Sampada was a great teacher, lovely to talk to and very encouraging. The techniques were demonstrated really well and the environment was nice. Very close to station too so easily accessible. Definitely recommend! :)
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Jeanette
1 Mar
Instructor was lovely, just wish I got to take home what I made on the day.
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Maha
13 Jul
I surprised my husband with an introductory pottery class and we both loved it. The instructor Sampada was really great, and we liked the balance between her letting us experiment on our own and guiding us when needed. The class was really relaxing and the bright studio overlooking the canal added to the relaxation factor. I can't wait to make this a joint hobby my husband and I can enjoy together.
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Paul
3 Aug
A lovely afternoon with Sampada (who we recognised from TV!) She was very sweet and patient, listening to our aspirations for the session and showing us the best techniques to help achieve them. We look forward to seeing how our various items look after the firing! The studio is lovely, light and quiet. It has great views over the canal. Very highly recommended.
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Kerry
21 Aug
Absolutely fantastic workshop with Sampada - couldn’t recommend it more! The studio overlooks a beautiful canal, creating a great atmosphere. Sampada went through different hand building techniques and how to throw on the wheel. She is a fantastic teacher and an amazing potter. Would love to come back.
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Joella
22 Sep
Obby’s ceramics class was awesome..! So worth taking!
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Sara
19 Oct
Such a great workshop. Thanks Sampada!
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James
26 Oct
It was so good! We really wanted to do a workshop where we had the opportunity to try different methods of pottery. Sampada was such a great friendly teacher and made the whole 3 hours seem so relaxed, personal and enjoyable. We couldn’t believe how quickly the time went and has made us just want to book another course now. I’d highly recommend to anyone.
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Stephanie
2 Nov
Sampada is an excellent passionate teacher who really makes you feel comfortable trying different techniques. Very reasonable price to have your creations glazed and fired too! I loved the studio as well, very warm and welcoming
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Richard
13 Aug
Amazing private session with Sampada. Showed me how to use the wheel and I ended up with some really great pieces thanks to her help and experience. Will definitely go again. Thank you so much Sampada.
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xXforcesXx
4 Apr
Excellent workshop. A relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, well worth it for anybody who lives in the West London area looking to try out a life drawing workshop. I would definitely do it again.
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George
17 Mar
Amazing, relaxed, fun introduction to pottery. I had never tried before pottery before and this gave me a great introduction to hand-building and the wheel. Sampada is a great teacher and a lovely person. I’m looking forward to another session at the Slightly Curious Studio.
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Harriett
26 Mar
Sampada’s ceramics workshop was insightful, relaxing and above all fun. The small group ensured that Sampada was able to provide tailored teaching to each student and coach them them in how to progress in various aspects of ceramics. Sampada’s class demonstrated multiple techniques used in hand modelling of clay to produce creative and organic structures as well as the use of the potters wheel for more symmetrical shapes. I would certainly recommend Sampada’s workshop to anyone who is wanting to learn more about ceramics or just wanting a flavour of it.
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Jackie James
14 Apr
I had a fab time at The Slightly Curious Studio! Pottery is something I’ve never done before and was a little nervous. Sampada made me feel much more confident, the studio has a very relaxed atmosphere with no pressure to learn too quickly. She also makes sure everyone has something to show for their time too. With ample time to try the wheel and hand building the class gives an overall view of pottery and I really enjoyed using the wheel which I thought would be the hardest. With gentle guidance and helpful hints I loved everything I made and have 3 pieces to remember the day by. Highly recommend and will be back!
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Jordan
24 Apr
Sampada was very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Her pottery class was really fun and in a nice location and she provided a relaxed environment. I would definitely recommend her class for anyone wanting to give pottery a go without signing up to courses.
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Eva
28 Apr
I have been to pottery/wheel throwing class and made it for a follow up glazing class. The class activities fit the description on Obby. The class was relaxed, we listened to some music and even managed to have some tea & biscuits. The teacher, Sampada, is a really easy person to talk to. She walked me through all techniques, was always knowledgable when I had no idea how to continue. The wheel throwing was probably my most favourite part! The studio is neat and filled with Sampada’s artwork. First-timers in the area, make sure you have some extra time for you arrival - the entrance is little hidden and it took me some time to find it! :-)
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Jessie
3 May
Amazing time spent at Sampada’s pottery workshop! Very relaxed and learnt a lot! I would highly recommend :)
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Jessie
3 May
Amazing time spent at Sampada’s pottery workshop! Very relaxed and learnt a lot! I would highly recommend :)
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Jordan
3 May
The workshop was a super cool space. Really intimate class which gave everyone the best potential for learning and one to one teaching. My friend and I had loads of time on the wheel and also plenty of time hand making our different models, we even ran over the class time so that we could finish, there was no rush or worry. The teacher had a clear passion for pottery which came through, it was a lovely experience and I will 100% be booking it again.
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Paul
5 May
What a great workshop, a perfect introduction into hand built and thrown pottery technique with exactly the right balance of instruction and hands on experience. The 'canal-side' studio is beautiful and Sampada is an excellent host and a pleasure to spend time with. I'd really recommend this workshop as an introduction to pottery or simply a great escape from your day to day.
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Debee Connors Aspell
8 May
I really enjoyed our pottery lesson and will deginately go back again. Our teacher was lovely, incredibly informative and a very good practical teacher. We all managed to make bowls on the wheel, largely due to her excellent teaching skills. The venue was great - very well laid out for everyone working - there was lots of tools and examples of other work available and it was near to a train station and buses and the directions for getting to the venue were also excellent.
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Marion Main
10 May
This was something I have been wanting to do for a long time and the workshop fulfilled my expectations and more. I love crafts and making things and was delighted that I managed to produce very reasonable pieces after only one session. Sampada the instructor is calm, helpful and very knowledgeable. She gives you confidence and exactly the right amount of assistance. It was everything I wanted and more and I'm already planning my next session
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Marion Main
10 May
This was something I have been wanting to do for a long time and the workshop fulfilled my expectations and more. I love crafts and making things and was delighted that I managed to produce very reasonable pieces after only one session. Sampada the instructor is calm, helpful and very knowledgeable. She gives you confidence and exactly the right amount of assistance. It was everything I wanted and more and I'm already planning my next session
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Ruth
11 May
I really enjoyed the pottery workshop with Sampada. She is a great teacher with lots of patience & banter to help you through the process. It was a lovely environment, in a bright & clean studio. I’ve never done pottery before & it was great to learn the different techniques of hand throwing & using the wheel. I will definitely be trying it again! Can’t wait to see the end results after the glazing & firing!
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Ambrose & April
12 May
The teacher was informative and friendly. Sampada teaches us all the basic pottery techniques and let us explore with our creative minds. Overall I will rate in 5/5. Will definitely come again. The workshop is overseeing the cannel and the studio is flooded with natural light. Perfect for a chill and relax creative studio vibe.
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Ørjan
17 May
This was a really nice introduction to pottery and Sampada is the kind of person you feel you have known forever. We learned some basic techniques on and off the wheel. For me the perfect start on a Sunday :)
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Ørjan
17 May
This was a really nice introduction to pottery and Sampada is the kind of person you feel you have known forever. We learned some basic techniques on and off the wheel. For me the perfect start on a Sunday :)
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Dipesh
17 May
Sampada was a very good teacher and she taught us what to do thoroughly. She was very patient and went in details with what we have to do. Very friendly and professional. Would go again!
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Sudarshan
17 May
Very good at what she does helpful and informative, does the best in her efforts to help beginners understand the concept on workshops.
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Bijan
17 May
I personally wasn't sure what to expect from the class when I signed up to it with couple of my friends. But ended up having the best time and also learnt a lot. Sampada was a great teacher, being able to accommodate a mixed group of varying skill levels. She was able to make the session very informative yet extremely fun. I would definitely do this again and highly recommend this course!
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Sandesh Gurung
17 May
I attended the pottery lesson. Sammi is a very helpful teacher and freindly. She is very knowledgeable and guided me through each stages of pottery, while making the class fun and enjoyable.
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Laura Parkinson
19 May
Sampada was a super friendly teacher and her studio was such a lovely space, perfect on a sunnny Sunday! We really enjoyed the relaxed vibe and just being able to get creative along with help from Sampada! Would definitely reccomend to anyone who fancies trying something a bit different!
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Laura Parkinson
19 May
Sampada was a super friendly teacher and her studio was such a lovely space, perfect on a sunnny Sunday! We really enjoyed the relaxed vibe and just being able to get creative along with help from Sampada! Would definitely reccomend to anyone who fancies trying something a bit different!
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Tanya
19 May
As a pottery newbie I was slightly anxious about making a fool of myself! sampada the instructor put me at ease from the moment I walked through the door. She was informative, super friendly and encouraging. Really nice studio and atmosphere. I would highly recommend the workshop to anyone who wants to try their hand at pottery.
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T
19 May
This was an amazing class. Thank you to Sampada for creating a warm, easy environment and allowed us to be creative!
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Marie
20 May
Sampada was a wonderful teacher, and the class felt welcoming and intimate. The studio overlooks the canal and feels like a rare find in NW London! Would highly recommend.
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Antoine
20 May
Hello :-) We had a great afternoon on the pottery workshop. This was a birthday surprise for my partner and Sampada played the surprise until the very end so that was appreciated. The class was good fun, straight to the essentials of pottery practice, without too much competition or making it too serious. It was relaxing and we also enjoyed nice conversation.
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Thomas
27 May
Excellent class with a brilliant instructor! To be honest I booked this as a treat for my girlfriend and didn't expect to enjoy it, but I really found the whole experience from start to finish to be a really interesting and laid back experience, it's very calming creative and the three hours flys by. I'd book again 100% Instructor was chilled and relaxed and made it feel fun rather than stressful, definetely added a personal touch into the experience that made it much more enjoyable and welcoming. Also free twix bars and music! Great fun. :)
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Imran
28 May
Instructor was very helpful and hands on! Variety of techniques taught and good vibes
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Florence
29 May
The pottery workshop is amazing and definitely worth booking! The groups are kept purposely small which means that you get plenty of advice, attention and guidance. The explanations are clear, easy to follow and visual as Sampada adopts a hands on approach. The learning pace adapts to each person and it is made very clear that we are here to enjoy and relax. She has this very communicative positive, energetic attitude which keeps the workshop light and fun. The venue is also great, it is bright, spacious and comfortable. I can't recommend this experience enough!
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Rajesh
30 May
Very nicely conducted workshop. We did the pottery class and are definitely going back to Sampada to refine skills further. Great studio setting and Sampada is a very talented artist. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Julie
1 Jun
I attended this class with my sister and niece. We received a really warm welcome by Sampada who then went on to explain everything that we were going to do. There were 6 of us on the course, which was about right (it was a really nice group). Sampada was patient with us all and very encouraging. Overall the course was unexpectedly relaxed and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Will definitely be coming back (especially for the chocolate break!).
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K
7 Jun
Really enjoyable day , learnt alot of techniques in a laid back environent top marks for sampada!!
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Chazan
23 Jun
It was a great and interactive class.
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Tabea
24 Jun
The class with Sampada was great fun! It was my first time joining a pottery class and it couldn't have been better! Sampada explain different techniques in detail and let me try them all. I highly recommend this class to anyone, can't wait to go again!!
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Robin
25 Jun
This workshop was just fantastic, we had a great time. Sampada is the perfect host - incredibly welcoming and friendly, as well as a fantastic teacher (and a talented artist to boot!). We couldn't have asked for more from this workshop. Two thumbs up, very highly recommended!
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Nicola
8 Jul
We received a very friendly welcome and were surprised by how much we managed to achieve in the 3-hour class. We had a lot of fun and laughs and got suitably splattered in clay using the wheel so we looked like artists even if our work told a different story!
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Hana Mohamed
9 Jul
The class was really therapeutic but enjoyable at the same time. Sampada is a really awesome teacher and I definitely want to come back again! :)
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Kavi
21 Jul
My friend and I went to the pottery workshop yesterday afternoon. It was such a fantastic experience! The teacher was patient and friendly. She had a friendly approach and was helpful with any questions we had. The session was therapeutic and we learnt multiple skills such as hand techniques and wheel throwing. I would definitely recommend The Slightly Curious Studio for pottery classes.
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Claire
3 Aug
Slightly Curious studio is a great place to both learn and practice pottery. We covered both throwing and hand-crafting in this session and I really enjoyed the format of it: she starts off by showing you different techniques and tips as to how to do things, then gives you free reign to try them out and experiment or practice. If you need, she's great at giving you guidance as to how to achieve a specific design if you have one in mind. Overall Slightly Curious is a wonderful and relaxing environment to do pottery in (I should also mention the studio is really aesthetic and has an adorable view on a canal with boats and ducks) and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to try out or practice pottery!
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Vasia
3 Aug
Very good teacher!! Helpful and learned lots of things from the very first session!! Highly recommended :)
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Vasia
3 Aug
Very good teacher!! Helpful and learned lots of things from the very first session!! Highly recommended :)
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Helen Okoruwa
6 Aug
Wonderful, relaxing, informative class. I will surely enrol myself in another class.
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Rich
13 Aug
A really enjoyable introduction to pottery techniques with plenty of time to be creative and try out the different styles. Sampada explained things clearly and provided 1 to 1 advice throughout. A really nice studio and good value for money.
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Alexander
1 Sep
Had a great time at the slightly Curious Studio with Sampada!
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Amrita
3 Sep
A fantastic workshop! Sampada was an excellent teacher and allowed enough time to use the wheel as well as hand modeling. It's a very fun & relaxed class. Would definitely recommend!
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Philippa
29 Sep
It could not have been a better experience. The space is inviting and bright and located just beside a beautiful river. The teacher was so helpful and came up with good ideas for us to try. She was super patient even when I got a fair few things wrong and she played chilled music while we worked which gave us a very calming atmosphere to work in. 5 stars and would highly recommend to anyone looking to give pottery a go for the first time!!
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Meir Shasha
19 Nov
The studio is light, spacious and well equipped with good views over the canal. The teacher is very friendly, open and encouraging. We learned a lot about using the wheel and other techniques for pottery.
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Meir Shasha
19 Nov
The studio is light, spacious and well equipped with good views over the canal. The teacher is very friendly, open and encouraging. We learned a lot about using the wheel and other techniques for pottery.
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Darren
8 Dec
Amazing introduction to pottery. Great class and very well explained. Good teaching approach
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Kim
4 Mar
We loved our afternoon with Sampada, who was really flexible with the amount of creations we made and great fun, brilliant teacher. Nibbles and prosecco was laid on... All of us seemed to really enjoy it in the small group. As it was Valentines Day we were given gorgeous little gifts too! Couldn't have asked for more.
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Catherine
9 Mar
It was a fantastic , fun and inspiring 3 hours, Sampada was a great teacher - I would definitely book another session
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Elaine
12 Jul
Would 100% recommend. Thank you Sampada! You’re awesome!
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holly
26 Jul
I attended this work shop yesterday for my friends birthday. Initially we had this booked prior to the lockdown but my friend was sick. Sampada was very accommodating and allowed us to re schedule. Due to the pandemic our class had to be postponed. As soon as we was allowed to schedule in a date we attended the class. Sampada is an amazing teacher and you can tell she really loves what she does!
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Kerry
21 Aug
Brilliant workshop led by a brilliant teacher. Sampada guided us through various hand building techniques and wheel throwing. We managed to all create small pots and trinkets to take home with us.
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Ruby
31 Aug
Incredible hands on class with complete creative freedom in a beautiful, calm and bright studio. Sampada is a wonderful teacher who gives you one on one teaching time on the wheel and creates a warm, friendly and confident environment. I can’t wait to come again!
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Angeliki
14 Sep
Amazing class and great instructor! First timer here and totally worth it! :)
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Nadia
19 Sep
Absolutely loved it....Sampada was a great instructor, easy going, informative and patient! Was a surprise for my husband - both of us had never tried pottery before and we both had a great time and would love to do it again. Highly recommend!
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Sophie
26 Sep
Great for first timers! Our teacher created a very friendly and fun atmosphere.
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alex
5 Oct
This was great!!! I had a great time. Sampada made everything really easy and entertaining. And her studio is GORGEOUS. It was a great activity. If anything, I do believe that for the price of the workshop there should be at least glazing and firing included for one piece - maybe offer only one glazing colour, but give everyone the option to take one of their pieces home as something included in the price. If anyone wants more pieces, or different colours, they can pay for those! But I think this would give an even better memory of the workshop. It was a great day regardless, and would really recommend.
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Katie
3 Nov
Excellent workshop! We had a great time and I would recommend
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Debby
8 Nov
Great class, really helpful and friendly
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Kirsty
1 Apr
Sampada was a great teacher who taught my parents and I various pottery making techniques in a private session for Mother's Day. It was a fun, upbeat environment and I'd recommend it to all! There were refreshments and she had made a gift bag with a handmade card, chocolates and flowers. I can't wait to return in the future
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Sharon
14 Apr
The studio is situated alongside a canal and added with lots of windows looking out onto houseboats and passing barges. Lovely atmosphere- located on the ground level of a block of flats. Sampada is a good teacher who is every good at explaining all the steps. A great experience.
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Dipesh
17 May
Went with friends again and it was another amazing class. They all liked it too. Would go again.
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Virginia Davis
3 Dec
The venue was lovely!! It is all glass (not quite!) but very light and airy - one side looks over the canal. The space is warm and inspiring with lots of pieces of pottery to get your creative juices flowing. I learnt a lot about clay, techniques, tips. Sampada demonstrated as she talked. It was a relaxed atmosphere to work in. Sampada was friendly and interested in members of the class and what we wanted to learn and what other creative things we did.
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Giuseppe
5 Oct
Thank you Sampada for a wonderful first pottery lesson at your “The Slightly Curious Studio”. Very much enjoyed the experience; your enthusiasm and teaching skills helped us to produce pottery items that frankly, we thought we could not do. Your guidance and encouragement worked miracles. What an excellent way to spend an afternoon! Giuseppe and Barbara - a couple of happy brand new potters!

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