Looking for a gift making course that could translate into business idea?
Or simply to pamper yourself?
Why not treat yourself to our fragrant soap making taster course.
During this 2.5 hour intense taster, you'll learn about the equipment needed and processes to make cold pressed soap. We'll also offer professional soap making tips, safe practice, trouble shooting advise. This is a hands on course.
You'll get to melt, fragrance and take home your own soap piece.
All our courses light refreshments (i.e teas and coffees) will be offered at the start of the course.
If you like this taster, why not enquire about our 1 day intermediate soap making course.
Learn wheel throwing basics
This 2.5 hour wheel thrown pottery introduction gets you hands-on and dirty learning wheel throwing pottery basics. (Patrick Swayze not included).
Each student will have their own wheel to work from and following a masterful tutor demonstration its straight down to practice. Out tutors include Nam Tram and Clover from the recent series of The Great Pottery Throwdown,expect to be impressed.
Support will be on hand as you try to get to grips with centering and throwing basics. We keep class sizes small: no more than 5 students to make sure you each get the proper attention. Expect a few pieces to make it below the table into the slop bucket for recycling and about 2 pieces each to make it onto the keeps board. We'll fire and glaze keeps ready for collection in about 4 weeks time.
Please note that we continually add dates to meet demand. This workshop normally runs on a Sunday morning or afternoon. If you're looking for a date in advance that is not on the list, please get in touch as we may be able to schedule it.
Inspired by Potter’s Throwdown?
Our enthusiastic tutors will cover a variety of handbuild techniques including throwing, pinching, coiling and slab building: starting from the basics and gradually covering more advanced techniques. Come with ideas or let our tutors inspire with ideas such as tea pot making, plate making, plant holders and more.
During this 10 week class, you’ll also get to trial the wheel. We’ll show you how to pull a professional handle and basic glazing techniques.
MOSAIC HEARTS (LONDON)Learn about the equipment and techniques needed to create a stunning mosaic heart complete with vintage crockery and pearlised mosaic pieces. We'll also show you how to grout your final design.Its well worth taking this course if you wish to develop more advanced mosaic skills. Although simple, the making of these hearts involve level 2 cutting and planning skills which should feed into future mosaic making.These hearts make fabulous gifts and what's more when you get the hang of this they don't take too long to make.
Intensive 1 day
with Nina Burrows, BA Hons, Cert Ed.
This one-day course is pitched at beginners wishing to gain a firm grip of watercolour basics so that they can experiment and develop their skills at home. The course is suitable for those wishing to explore traditional or experimental watercolour skills.
Each week, you can choose to paint or draw. We’ll help to inspire or coach you if needed, and will teach new techniques and approaches according to your developing needs. Above all, individuals benefit from the knowledge and support from advanced practitioners who can help guide development. Individuals are amazed at the difference this type of coaching can have over regular art classes. So whether you’re starting out in painting or drawing or wish to develop specialist skills, we’ll offer encouragement and creative directional support.
Introduction to paper making (2.5 hours)
This is a fantastic introduction to paper-making with a strictly ‘hands-on’ approach. You’ll learn about the different fibres and pulps, and even try them in a variety of mould sizes. We’ll give you exciting ideas to work with and explain the whole process involved in the making of paper. By the end of the course you take away your own personalised, crafted sheets.
Stay outdoors late into the evening
With mosaic glass lanterns for your garden
Transform jam jars into magical lanterns using cut pieces of coloured glass. During this workshop we’ll use a 7cm x 6cm glass to ensure you complete and grout the piece within the time (the emphasis being on safety). We’ll show you how to cut glass and the tools and equipment needed. You’ll also learn about adhesives and also how to grout and polish your finished piece.
There’s nothing more beautiful than watching flickering candle light through tea lights/lanterns : just perfect for those for darker autumn nights and festive occasions.
Learn candle making basics whilst exploring environmentally friendly alternatives to paraffin wax candles including soya and beeswax. We'll cover wax types, different mould types and candle making methods, health and safety, how to wick, scent, dye, melt and pour, Participants will get to make and take home at least 3 different candles.
Discover the diverse nature of sculpture whilst learning some fundamental skills to get your started. We’ll start with clay and gradually introduce a repertoire of new mediums including plaster, recycled materials and wire. We’ll also cover vital techniques including modelling, ceramic sculpture, mould making and joining found objects.
Bring along your own project ideas or let us inspire you.