Beginners Pottery Class - Close up of a potters hands working with clay

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Introduction to Pottery

6-week pottery course
Friday mornings

A weekly 6-part pottery course designed for beginners who are looking to get a taste and understanding of working with clay.

Each week you will learn different ways to hand-build with clay. You will learn pinch, coiling and slab-building techniques and a grounding in surface texture and colour.

There will be a set skill each week that can be interpreted in your own personal style.

Sessions take place on Friday mornings, 10 am – 12.30 pm.

This beginners pottery class takes part over 6 consecutive weeks, starting on your booked date.

The course fee includes all clay, plus glazing and firing for up to 6 items.

There is an additional charge if you would like to glaze and fire additional items, which is charged by object size:

6” cubed – £4
9” cubed – £6
12” cubed – £10

There is also the option to stay on for Self-Guided Studio Access if you wish to extend your studio time. This is not a taught session; tutor support will be available if you need a hand. (Additional fees apply.)

Meet the Tutor

Ruth Waller

Ruth Waller teaches our Introduction to Pottery courses.

She is a contemporary textile artist and half of the creative partnership Waller Hewett. Waller Hewett creates artwork and installations which combine art, design and craft, and has won numerous awards including ‘Best in Show’ at the London Craft Fair.

She is also a highly experienced tutor and teaches across the Harley Foundation’s education programme.

Image courtesy Ben Boswell.

Booking Information

Each course runs for 6 weeks from your booked date.

Sessions are on Friday mornings, 10 am – 12.30 pm.


The course fee includes all clay, plus glazing and firing for up to 6 items.


This event is partially funded by Inspire: Libraries, Museums and Culture.

We require all participants to complete a short registration form on booking.

When attending this event, please drive directly to The Harley Pottery Studio.

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