I'm happy to answer any questions or things you may be unsure about. Most visitors to the studio often have similar questions before starting an exciting project or an experience day, so do take a look below where I have answered the most frequent questions asked.
If you haven’t had your Coronavirus vaccinations, please bring a mask to wear for your pottery session. Grazyna has been fully vaccinated and will wear a mask too, if required.
Woodside Pottery is available by appointment only.
The Studio is open on weekdays and some weekends. However, due to limited availability, Saturdays and Sundays often get booked quickly. The Gallery is available to browse during pottery experiences and pottery sessions. The Gallery can also be viewed by calling first to arrange a visit if you are considering purchasing a piece of pottery.
Full-day sessions start at 9:30 am and end at 4:30 pm (with a 1-hour break).
Half-day morning sessions start at 9:30 am and end at 12:30 pm.
Half-day afternoon sessions start at 1:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm.
Please wear casual clothes that you don't mind getting splats of clay on. We do provide aprons but pottery can be messy. Please also ensure you have short fingernails too!
Within a 3-hour session, you can try throwing a pot on the wheel and create something else using hand-building techniques.
In a full-day session, you'll also try both pottery methods with more time to experiment, get creative, make more items or do something more ambitious! Full-day sessions also have a one-hour break for lunch halfway through the day. Lunch is not provided.
No, lunch is not provided by Woodside Pottery.
Full-day sessions have a one-hour break for lunch halfway through the session. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or visit the local farm shop, pubs, or cafes in West Moors.
You can park outside on the road for free. Woodside Road is very quiet and safe with lots of space and does not require any permits to park.
Just you. All sessions and experience days are unique for your booking only. You will have private 1-to-1 tuition from Grazyna in her small pottery studio and will not share the facilities with any other bookings at the same time.
Four people only. The studio is quite small so we cannot facilitate more than four people in a single booking.
Children must be over 14 years old to do an experience day or pottery session. The clay you will be using at Woodside Pottery has to be fired using a kiln and the process requires a few basic rules of physics & chemistry which must be obeyed when creating pots, sculptures or art pieces. Without following these processes, pieces may break or explode during the firing. This makes it difficult for young children to stay engaged in the process and make pottery.
Yes! But you will not be able to take it away with you on the day. All pottery requires drying, firing and glazing before it can be used or displayed. You will have to pop-back and collect your finished pieces in approximately six weeks after your session.
Of course! In fact, a lot of visitors to the studio doing a Pottery Experience claim not to be creative, and often surprise themselves when making their very first pot, mug or sculpture! Pottery is fun and we do not require you to have any previous experience. Grazyna will guide you through the process 100% of the way.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus the studio is temporarily closed. I hope to reopen on Monday the 28th of September depending on whether the number of confirmed cases is low and continues to fall.
We are planning to re-open from Saturday 17th April, 2021.
Yes. You can make an advance booking from mid April 2021 onwards.
All tools, surfaces and equipment will be disinfected and wiped down before you arrive.
Please bring your own aprons and if you are coming for three hours or longer please also bring your own mug for a tea break.
Hand sanitiser will be available as well as antibacterial hand wash.
These procedures are aimed at keeping us safe but not at spoiling the fun of working in clay.
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