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Potter's Wheel Taster Experience:
BOOKING ESSENTIAL to avoid disappointment.



To book:
01753 206 265

Learn how to "throw" a pot on a spinning wheel!
£35 per person/pot
Maximum group size: 4
Timing: approximately 40 minutes per person/pot. For example, a group of 4 people would take 3 hours. We recommend groups book a pottery painting activity table so you can decorate a matching mug, bowl or plate whilst waiting your turn on the wheel - there would be an additional cost for this activity.
Minimum age: 7yrs

Package includes: one-to-one, personalised tuition at our potters wheel, clay, glazing and firing. Booking T&Cs below.
Step 1: Creating your pot on the wheel. One-to-one tuition per person, per pot. One person at a time. Your tutor will talk you through each step of the process, while you get hands-on with the clay.
Step 2: Add coloured glazes to your pot while it is still on the wheel, using a banding technique (shown in the photo).
Step 3: Leave your pot with us to dry out naturally and completely - slowly, over several days, or it will crack. It will then be dipped in a clear glaze top-coat - and left to dry for 24 hours. The base of your pot will be cleaned so that it won't stick to the kiln shelf during firing. Your pot will then be fired in our kiln, slowly ramping up to a temperature of 1000°C, then cooling back down again very slowly - otherwise it will crack. This can take 2-3 days. Firing gives your pot strength and, makes the surface super shiny, waterproof and foodsafe. Ta Da! your pot is ready for everyday use.
Step 4: Collect your pot from the Studio two weeks after your Potters Wheel Experience and take it home to use for picnics, party nibbles, movie night snacks... (not suitable for microwaves or dishwashers).

The following Health & Safety measures are currently in place:

  • Hands-on Art respectfully relies on all customers taking responsibility and re-booking if they have Covid, cold or flu symptoms - or have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms - to ensure the Health & Safety of other visitors to the Studio and the Studio staff. Please see the Terms & Conditions for information about booking alterations.

  • We have hand-washing facilities for all visitors at the end of their activity.

  • The tutor can only work with one visitor/group member at the potters wheel at a time.

  • Spectators must be pre-arranged and are subject to available space in the potters wheel area. They must be seated at all times.

  • The potters wheel activity time will be strictly monitored according to the booked package to ensure all bookings start on time.

  • Drinks may not be consumed during a potters wheel experience - whether taking part or observing. Hands-on Art is not a food venue.


Terms & Conditions for Potters Wheel bookings

  • A complete, fired pot is not guaranteed. A successful pot depends on the reactions of the student to the process on the day. Extra clay for replacement pots will incur an additional fee of £10 per pot as this will result in extending time at the wheel, as well as additional clay, which will impact on other bookings. It is not possible to re-use the same clay immediately because it will be waterlogged.

  • All Potters Wheel Experience bookings should be paid for in full at point of purchase.

  • All payments are considered booking and cancellation fee and are non-refundable.

  • Payments can be made in person at the Studio or by card over the phone, during our opening hours (see calendar on website homepage) 01753 206 265; or by Bank Transfer (details on request once ).

  • Booking alterations are subject to availability and require 14 days written notice: Maximum 2 alterations allowed within 3 months of the original booking date. Any further alterations will be considered cancellation of the original booking and constitutes a new booking require new payment. In the unusual event of Hands-on Art Adventures cancelling an activity booking, an alternative date or full refund will be offered.

  • All activities are allocated a specific time period to accommodate other bookings, please ensure your group arrive and depart on time. Pottery activities cannot be extended to accommodate late arrival of your group or individual group members - we are obliged to be prepared for further booking commitments at the Studio the same day.

  • Your fired pots will be ready for collection two weeks after your activity date - they must be collected within three months of your activity, regrettably we do not have space to store them beyond this point.

  • 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 pottery in the Studio before taking it home. Unfortunately we cannot be held responsible for any damage that occurs to your pottery items once they have been taken from the Studio.

  • All visitors are asked to respect the Health & Safety measure in place at the Hands-on Art Studio at the time of their visit. Anyone who feels unable to do this may be asked to leave, forfeiting their activity with no recourse to Hands-on Art Adventures.

  • These Terms & Conditions are at the discretion of Hands-on Art Adventures and are subject to change at any point, without notice, to ensure the smooth planning, organisation and running of your booked activity.

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