Potter's Wheel Taster Experience

Is this a group class
no, this is private one-to-one tuition with our potter on our wheel.  We have one wheel & one tutor, so tuition is provided to one person at a time.

Who can do this

Anyone age 5 (Year 1 at school) to 105yrs!... suitable for beginners.  Also available as a Party option, please click here

When can I have a go?

Saturdays: bookings taken every half hour between 10am-3.30pm, or Tues-Fri afternoons between 1-3.30pm (subject to availability)

Advance Booking Essential.


STANDARD Package: £12 per person/per pot ...

1 activity only: includes clay & tuition: learn how to "throw your pot", step-by-step under the careful guidance of our friendly tutor; take your pot home the same day then decorate it with acrylic paints at home once it has dried out; this pot will be suitable for display only (not foodsafe or watertight)

PREMIUM Package: £22 per person/per pot ...

2 activities:

1st activity: includes clay & tuition: learn how to "throw your pot", step-by-step under the careful guidance of our friendly tutor; leave your pot with us to be dried out slowly over 5 days then we will fire it for you;

2nd activity: return two weeks later to decorate your fired pot with our coloured glazes; we will then dip it in a clear glaze - which will make if foodsafe & watertight during it's second firing; collect your glazed & fired masterpiece one week later after you decorated it.

How long does it take?

This is a "taster experience", the aim is to provide you with a taste of what it is like to "throw" a pot.  The tuition takes approximately 20 minutes per pot... you can book to throw as many pots as you like so, 2 pots = 40-45minutes per person, 4 pots = up to an hour & a half per person.
We have one wheel & one tutor, so groups will need to take their turn, one at a time.
Premium Package: your return visit to decorate your pot with glazes takes approximately an hour.  Please Note: we can only keep your fired pots for a maximum of 3 months so please come back to collect them once you have decorated them.

What is included?

  • This taster experience will introduce you to the basic skills of working with clay on the potter's wheel, providing you with an understanding of what it takes to use the potter's wheel to create a pot. 
  • One-to-one tuition, step-by-step, therefore no previous experience is required. 
  • You will make one pot as shown in the photos. 
  • All necessary tools and equipment will be provided – including aprons, clay and use of our wheel.
  • Glazes & firing (PREMIUM package Only)

How do I book?

48 hours notice required.  Please contact the studio by phone: 01753 206 265 or email: office@hands-onart.co.uk to find out availability on your preferred date.  Payment in advance. GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE 

Terms & Conditions
Potter's Wheel Taster Experience bookings should be paid for in full at point of purchase.  Payments can be made in person at the studio or by card over the phone, during our opening hours Tues-Sat 10am-5pm tel. 01753 206 265; or by Bank Transfer (details on request).  Payments are non-refundable.  Booking alterations are subject to availability and require 14 days notice.  Maximum 2 alterations allowed within 3 months of the original booking date.  In the unusual event of Hands-on Art Adventures cancelling an activity booking, an alternative date or full refund will be offered.  All groups are allocated a specific time period to accommodate other bookings, please ensure your group arrive and depart on time. PREMIUM Package only: Your pot(s) will be
ready for collection one week after your party date.  We quality check every item when it comes out of the kiln, before we pack it ready for you to collect.  You are very welcome to unpack your pot(s) in the Studio before taking them home.  Unfortunately we cannot be held responsible for any damage that occurs to pots once they have been taken from the Studio.