pottery workshops



Sonje has an MA with Distinction 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.

A list of workshop options are available below. Advance booking is required, all inquiries considered. Get in touch!

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£60 per person which includes all material and firing costs for two pieces made and to be kept. A one shop, non stop three hour learning feast of clay! There are two pottery wheels available to test your skills and guidance for hand building techniques. For two people booking together there is a £10 discount on the second person.

All courses including taster session need to be paid for on booking and in advance of the session starting. Prompt payment is necessary as the courses are very popular therefore it is not possible to simply reserve a slot with non payment. At present there is no drop in session and due to the historic structure of the building, wheel chair access is restricted.

It is advised to wear sturdy footwear to sessions and to bring an extra layer. Tea and coffee is provided.


£160 per person which runs three hours per session over four weeks. An opportunity to explore several techniques including the pottery wheel with time allowed to develop a specific project from start to finish. The final week usually allows for basic glazing your bisque fired work.

On a four week course there will be an added charge for pieces made and this includes the clay, the glaze and the firing cost. You can expect this to be £25-£40 and is payable at the end of the course.

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Vouchers are non refundable and only redeemable against the workshop stipulated. This is a very popular gift option for birthdays and Christmas time. At present due to changes to the business structure in 2020 all Vouchers will need to be redeemed by early- mid September  2020.

Gift vouchers are currently purchasable only for Three Hour Taster Sessions. Due to the popularity of these courses, we request that you make the booking well in advance of the voucher expiry date.  If you leave  booking towards the very end of the voucher date all the sessions may be full!

Studio bench space 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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Thur  10-1pm & 2-5pm

Sat 10-1pm

Sunday 10-1pm may be  available by arrangement during quieter months of the year and is only available at the discretion of the tutor



Tea and coffee is provided.



ONE DAY pottery workshop 10am -5pm.

£100 PER DAY PER PERSON includes all clay materials and firings of 3-4 pieces to be kept.

Bring ideas if you have some or plenty of help given during the workshop.

Tea and coffee is provided through out the day.

There is a break between 1-2pm to take lunch which is not provided but there are local cafe takeaways to suit your needs. Or bring your own and sit on the comfy yellow sofa!



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! Groups of ten + people benefit from 10% discount. Larger group can be considered so please get in touch. We offer generous discounts on very large groups so please do inquire.

Childrens parties, family gatherings, wedding events, after school clubs etc. Options for these events include hourly, half day or full day workshop with special discounts available for large school groups or after school group activities. 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 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 £230 pp for two full days workshop and one over night stay. This includes workshop tuition 10-5pm each day (meals not provided but minimum half hour lunch break taken between 1-2pm) & ensuite double room for accommodation. There are plenty of cafes or pubs in the vicinity for all 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, like your own creative retreat (a week or a month) can be discussed so do get in touch if you fancy time in the studio and on the moors. Prices and availability on application.




” 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

“Having absolutely no experience or ability to draw, paint, sculpt etc. I found myself totally engrossed in the recent TV programme ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’ a passing comment to my Wife along the lines of ‘I’d love to have a go at that’ Fast-forward several months & as my 50th birthday was fast approaching my wife remembered & booked both of us in for a surprise 3 hour taster. I was completely absorbed for the whole 3 hours, loved every minute, found it totally relaxing & extremely enjoyable. Sonje was/is a magnificent host, explaining everything in detail. My wife & I successfully (didn’t crack upon firing) made 5 items in the time scale;A bowl, a smaller bowl, egg-cup, decorative tile & a decorative ornamental coil bowl/garden gel burner. Highly recommended, Sonje also has some wonderful artwork on display in the shop. We both enjoyed it so much that we may even go back!” Craig & Julie, Wakefield, West Yorkshire 2019