Pottery Workshop - Beginner's Workshops

Come and have some fun with clay in the peaceful setting of my studio located in the cottage garden of our home on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border.

The 1/2-day (3-hour) workshop covers some basic hand building techniques to get beginners used to handling the clay and using the techniques of pinching, coiling, slab building and wheel throwing.

The 1-day (6-hours with an hour's break in the middle for lunch) workshop is a more comprehensive session aimed at those who wish to have a more in-depth experience, creating pieces which will be made using all the fundamental ceramics disciplines of pinching, coiling, slab building & throwing. The workshops are structured to be fun and creative, and students can let their imaginations run wild.

Refreshments will be provided for all workshops, and a light, rustic farmhouse-style lunch is also included for those attending the 1-day workshop. Depending on the weather/time of year, lunch can be taken either out in the cottage garden or in our country kitchen which has a view over the garden.

The sessions are hands-on, and the student will be able to use all the studio facilities (clay, various tools and print-making equipment, extruders, the pottery wheel etc.). At the end of the half-day workshop, the student can choose up to 3 pieces that they wish to have glazed and fired. At the end of the full-day workshop, they can choose 6 pieces. Once they have dried sufficiently, I will then biscuit fire, glaze and glaze fire the pieces. These can then be either collected by the student (if they live locally) or I can post them (I have to charge postage & packaging). Each student will also be provided with a certificate of completion.

Please understand that it takes a few weeks for pieces to dry thoroughly and for me to then biscuit fire, glaze and subsequently glaze fire them.

Send us an e-mail to loveceramics@blendedmonkey.co.uk or call us on 01945 772811 for more information or to discuss requirements. If you'd like this experience to be a gift for someone, you can also purchase 1/2-day or 1-day workshop gift vouchers from our Blended Monkey Shop. We can advise of local accommodation for those wishing to include an overnight stay in the area.


*Details correct at time of listing 11/04/2022


Contact Name
Simon & Louise Taggart
Owners of Blended Monkey
Blended Monkey
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80, Small Lode
PE14 9BG
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The pottery studio is located in the 1.2-acre cottage garden of our home in Upwell, which is situated on the Norfolk/Cambs border.

When the season and weather permits, lunch can be taken outside in the gardens, otherwise lunch is served in our home kitchen.

The gardens include several ponds, a willow walk, a small wooded area, and plenty of space to stretch your legs during coffee breaks and lunch. The location is peaceful and inspiring.

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Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£100.00 - 1/2-day for one person per session
£190.00 - 1/2-day pairs experience for two persons per session
£200.00 - one person with lunch per day
£380.00 - pairs experience with lunch per day
The 1-day course runs from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm and includes approximately one hour break for lunch. The 1/2-day course runs from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm (or as agreed) and includes refreshments. The "pairs experience" refers to two people enjoying the craft together.