I'm happy to answer any questions or things you may be unsure about. Most visitors to the studio often have similar questions prior to starting an exciting project or an experience day, so do take a look below where I have answered the most frequent questions asked.
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 two hour session you can either make a pot on the wheel or create something using hand building techniques.
In a three hour session you can try both methods, with a tea/coffee break half way through the session.
No, lunch is not provided by Woodside Pottery. But there are some great places nearby you can visit for lunch including a local farm shop, pubs and a cafe in West Moors. You are also welcome to bring your own packed lunch with you.
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.
None. 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 five 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.
Monday 28th September 2020.
Yes. Until January 2021, I will only be running sessions for one person or for two people. This is so that we can maintain a comfortable distance. In the New Year I hope I will be able to resume sessions for three and four people.
You can still make an advance booking for 2021.
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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