workshops

Sonje has an MA in Ceramics from UWIC and achieved a PGCE (FE) in 2007. Prior to this she gained valuable educational experienceby running clay and plaster workshops in primary schools, participating as Artist in Resident at Kingswood School Bath and working on the Degree in Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth College or Arts. In 2007 she relocated her studio to Totnes, Devon where wide ranging techniques were taught on the pottery courses that she ran. These affordable classes proved to be very popular, with mouldmaking, glazing, throwing, slab building, smoke firing and raku all being taught. Classes tended to be between one and three students at a time and some students enjoyed themselves they never left! During the six years she lived in Totnes Sonje was also leader of the very successful ceramic workshop for the Saturday Arts Academy at Kingsbridge Community College, South Devon and worked as a pottery tutor for Adult Education for Devon County Council. Along side her ceramic work runs a very strong interest in photography, drawing and painting and she taught life drawing skills at Kingsbridge Community College to the sixth form for three years until lack of funding forced the classes to stop!

Other areas that Sonje is involved in are providing pottery classes to people with learning disabilities. Until 2013 she ran a very dynamic group at Seale Hayne in Newton Abbot, Devon as well as occasional voluntary work as a pottery tutor within mental health environments in Plymouth. In the summer of 2013 the artist, the kilns, the clay and the hounds journeyed  to the family roots in West Yorkshire  where Werxzovart Studio Gallery established itself on Main Street in Haworth. A list of workshop options are available below. Advance booking is required, all inquiries considered. Get in touch!

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POTTERY CLASSES 

NOTE - POTTERY CLASSES  IN HAWORTH ARE NOW CLOSED. COURSES WILL RESUME ON DARTMOOR FROM JUNE 2017

If you wish to be put on the mailing list for future classes please email or call.  Gift vouchers are available if you want to purchase a wee pressie for someone. Classes are generally up to four people however if you have a larger group please phone or email to discuss your requirement. Perfect if you have a small group of friends or family wanting to share, or for individuals wanting a social creative play! All ages and abilities are accommodated. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Pottery wheels, slab roller and pug mill available in order for you to learn the pottery craft!

Tel: 07881 530132

Email: werxzovart@yahoo.com

The cost is £25 per person for a three hour taster session or £100 per person for a course which runs over four weeks. There will be an extra charge for pieces made which is dictated by the weight of the final piece. This includes the clay, the glaze and the firing cost. For a four week course you can expect this to be under £10. All courses including taster session need to be paid for on booking and in advance. At present there is no drop in session.

REGULAR POTTERY CLASSES

NOTE - POTTERY CLASSES  IN HAWORTH ARE NOW CLOSED. COURSES WILL RESUME ON DARTMOOR FROM JUNE 2017

10-1pm or 2-5pm Days to be arranged

A variety of options are available by arrangement. Tea and coffee is available and there are plenty of cafes in the area if you need to grab a snack etc.

MAD POTTERS TEA PARTY!

NOTE - POTTERY CLASSES  IN HAWORTH ARE NOW CLOSED. COURSES WILL RESUME ON DARTMOOR FROM JUNE 2017

Do you have a large group who would love to do a pottery session? Well here you have it, welcome to the Mad Potters Tea Party! Bring ten people and one person can come free. Larger group can be considered so please get in touch. Childrens parties, family gatherings, wedding events, after school clubs etc. Its all about clay!

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Other Course Options

NOTE - POTTERY CLASSES  IN HAWORTH ARE NOW CLOSED. COURSES WILL RESUME ON DARTMOOR FROM JUNE 2017

One or two day mouldmaking for ceramics 10am-4pm £80 PER DAY exc. materials. Plaster is available on site to buy for your workshop needs. Lunch is not included but there are local cafe takeaways to suit your needs. Or bring your own! There is a one hour break for lunch.

One day or two day pottery workshop 10am-5pm £60 PER DAY excluding clay materials. There is a charge made for the final piece after it has been fired. Bring ideas please. Lunch is not included but there are local cafe takeaways to suit your needs. Or bring your own! There is a one hour break for lunch.

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TESTIMONIALS

” Sonje ‘s ceramic classes encouraged me to think outside the box and I produced my best ceramic pieces. The friendly relaxed atmosphere that Sonje encourages is missed down here in Devon! “ Annette, South Devon

” I was new to ceramics and Sonje gave me confidence to explore different ideas, even if they were a little adventurous and experimental at times.  She would strike a helpful balance between pointing out options and possibilities, whilst allowing me to follow my own ideas.  Because of her skill and expertise, she was able to take my raw ideas and help me to develop them.  She is an inspiration! ” Heather, Plymouth

“Massive thank you!……….for the wonderful time spent in your studio. I think you have definitely inspired a potter in my son Joel.  He has not been able to stop showing friends and family the photographs and video we took of the him creating the pieces and also the finished items too . It was incredibly generous of you to devote your time to just one potter. Wishing you and your new gallery much success and I shall be telling all I can about your pottery showroom and your classes.” Deborah & Joel

“Thanks so much for a wonderful experience, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed our pottery workshop, thank you for being so accommodating and informative!  It was great fun to let our imaginations run free, and we eagerly awaited the finished products post-glazing!” The Wheeler Family, Leeds

“I was only in Haworth for a couple of weeks visiting my parents, so I didn’t imagine I’d be able to fit in an art class, but Sonje found time to introduce me and my sister to the art of ceramics. We covered a number of techniques and used a range of glazes. Sonje was able to explain the technical side of things to my sister, who’s a keen chemist, while giving me the chance to relax and be creative with the clay. After two sessions, I ended up with a few pots, a couple of animals and a decorated tile, as well as a new interest in experimenting further with pottery. I shall definitely be back at Christmas when I’m next up in Yorkshire.” Catherine