pottery workshops

Sonje has an MA in Ceramics from UWIC and achieved a PGCE (FE) in 2007. Prior to this she gained valuable educational experience by 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 of Arts.

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 RUN FROM THE STUDIO ON MAIN STREET, HAWORTH

The cost is £30 per person for a three hour taster session or £120 per person for a course which runs over four weeks. Other course options are available see below. There will be an extra charge for pieces made and this includes the clay, the glaze and the firing cost. For a taster session this may be around £10 per person and a four week course you can expect this to be around £30.

All courses including taster session need to be paid for on booking and in advance. Prompt payment is advised as the courses are very popular. At present there is no drop in session and due to the historic structure of the building, wheel chair access is unavailable. It is advised to wear sturdy footwear to sessions and to bring an extra layer.

Gift vouchers are available if you want to purchase a wee pressie for someone. Workshop sessions can accommodate up to 8-10 people however if you have a larger group please phone or email to discuss your requirement. Perfect if you have a 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

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REGULAR POTTERY CLASSES

Wed 10-1pm & 6-9pm

Thur 10- 1pm & 2-5pm

Sat 10-1pm

Other times may be  available by arrangement during quieter months of the year.

Tea and coffee is provided however there are plenty of cafes in the area if you need to grab a snack or lunch etc.

 

OTHER COURSE OPTIONS

ALL DAY pottery workshop 10-1pm & 2-5pm

£70 PER DAY PER PERSON excluding clay materials.

There is a charge made for the materials & final glazing  of aprox £20- 30, 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.

 

MAD POTTERS TEA PARTY!

Do you have a group who would love to do a pottery workshop fun day? 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. Options for these events include hourly, half day or full day workshop. Lunch can also be included as part of the package, as can Prosecco evenings, so please inquire about pricing and dates available.

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RESIDENTIAL POTTERY WORKSHOPS

2-3 day residential workshops where you will be accommodated in a choice of two top floor bright double en-suite rooms overlooking the cobbles.

It is possible to taylor your course style with options starting from £200 pp for two days workshop and over night stay. This includes workshop tuition 10- 1pm & 2-5pm each day, ensuite room for accommodation and a healthy uncooked breakfast. There are plenty of cafes or pubs in the vicinity for lunches and evening meals.

Due to the historic nature of the building and its Grade II Listing we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs and access up two flights of stairs may be difficult to anyone with mobility issues. Longer bespoke courses can be discussed so do get in touch if you fancy time in the studio and on the moors. Prices and availability on application.

 

 

 

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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

I brought my 12 year old daughter and her friend to the workshop as a school activity. They are both pottery novices but you would never guess from the pieces that they produced, which are really impressive. We could not be more delighted. Sonje carefully explained processes, techniques and finishes to them. She encouraged them to develop their initial ideas and created an environment where they both felt excited to try out, correct mistakes and go again. We did not leave before booking our next workshop. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Sonje’s workshops. Huge thank you for a great afternoon- looking forward to seeing you again soon”! Debbie, Abi & Abi 2018