Ceramics and Craft Workshops

Please sign up for ceramics and craft workshops referring to the schedule below or
you may prefer to gather a group of 4 to 5 friends and book a bespoke workshop of your choice on the day of your choice (except for Sundays).
A full day workshop runs from 10.30am to 4.00 pm. Morning classes are from 10.30am to 1.30pm.
A full day workshop is £65 per person and a half day class is £35 per person.
Tea and coffee are included.
Please bring a pack-up for lunch or pop to Gannets just around the corner – yum!

Covid Concerns? We have hand washing and sanitising facilities at the studios. The workshop and all tools are sanitised for every class and I take a lateral flow test before every workshop. Face masks are now optional but I am happy to wear one if required – except during tea break and cake scoffing!

Before I forget…. Please remember that clay work has to be carefully dried then fired up to two times before it will be available for collection. Arrangements may be made to post your work to you on request.


Ceramics and Craft courses 2022 with Michelle at The Secret Garden Studios. January to March 2022

DateFull/Half Course DescriptionCost
Tues 18 JanFull DayPots on Legs : Handbuilding with slip decoration£65
Wed 19 JanFull DayKitchenalia : Utensil drainer+ Jug or Storage jar. Altering and decorating extruded forms.£65
Tues 25 JanFull DayKitchenalia : Utensil drainer+ Jug or Storage jar. Altering and decorating extruded forms.£65
Weds 26 JanFull DayMoon Gazing Rabbit : Stoneware construction for outdoor display.£65
Sat 29 JanHalf DayPot Stand Feet: Ceramic pot raisers for the garden.£35
Tues 1st FebFull DayGreen Man Wall Planter: Make a glazed stoneware planter for outside display.£65
Wed 2nd FebFull DayTextiles : Batik and handpainted tote bag.£65
Sat 5th FebHalf DayTiny Treasure box : Use the slab building technique to make a decorative trinket box.£35
Tues 8th FebFull DayCoil Pot: Make a decorative pot using the coiling technique. Decorate with slips, stamps and scraffito.£65
Weds 9th FebFull DayCoil Pot: Make a decorative pot using the coiling technique. Decorate with slips, stamps and scraffito.£65
Sat 12 FebHalf DayPrintmaking : Make mini masterpieces for decorative cards and notelets.£35
Tues 15 FebFull DaySlabbed House: Use slab building technique to create an imaginative tealight holder.£65
Wed 16 FebFull DaySlabbed House: Use slab building technique to create an imaginative tealight holder.£65
Sat 19 FebHalf DayPot Stand Feet: Ceramic pot raisers for the garden.£35
Tues 22 FebFull DayBird Wall Planter: Make a decorative stoneware wall planter.£65
Wed 23 FebFull DayPots On Legs£65
Sat 26 FebHalf DayPinch Pots: Learn the technique and develop your pot with reference to natural form.£35
Tues 1st MarFull DayWall Plates: Decorative studio pottery with incised decoration.£65
Weds 2nd MarFull DayTroika Pots: Use slabbing and extruded forms to make pots with Troika Pottery inspired decoration.£65
Sat 5th MarHalf DayMake a Mug: Use hand-building techniques to make a useful mug with impressed and incised designs.£35
Tues 8th MarFull DayLandscape Pot: Slab built pot with abstract landscape decoration after Craig Underhill.£65
Wed 9th MarFull DayLarge Bowl: Make a large bowl or platter and decorate using stencils and transfer techniques.£65
Sat 12 MarHalf DayLidded Pots: Manipulate extruded forms to create one or two lidded pots.£35
Wed 16 MarFull DayGlass Sun Catcher: Learn and apply copper foiling technique to make a colourful glass decoration.£65
Sat 19 MarHalf DayMake a Mug: Use carved stamps to create surface patterns, pull a handle and assemble. Mugs will be fired to stoneware.£35
Wed 23 MarFull DayGlass Sun Catcher: Learn and apply copper foiling technique to make a colourful glass decoration.£65
Sat 26 MarHalf DayTextiles: Fabric Painting and Printing on to a canvas tote bag£35
Wed 30 MarFull DayLandscape Pot: Slab built pot with abstract landscape decoration after Craig Underhill.£65

If you are able to gather a group of 4 to 5 friends I can run a bespoke day course of your choosing.

To book please call, text or email me at:

07515735929, ,


Glass: Sun Catcher

Learn how to cut and grind glass shapes then assemble them using the copper foiling technique and make a small suncathcher to hang in a sunny window. You will be using glass cutting tools and a soldering iron. (Full Day)


Ceramics: Garden Wall Planter or Plaque

With reference to Pagan lore and folk traditions, make a Green Man ceramic wall pocket or plaque. With very supportive technical instruction you will make a pottery base for embellishing with individually cut and textured leaves and berries. Your work will then be taken for bisque and glaze firing with a glossy green glaze. Suitable for the more confident and absolute beginners. (Full Day)


Ceramics: Lidded Pot

I provide an extruded tube and some leather hard clay. You join a top and bottom, refine the shape, decorate with slips and scraffito then cut a join to create the lid. You can make one tall pot or two smaller trinket pots. Feet and finials are optional. (Half Day)


Ceramics: Pots on Legs

Following popular trends in contemporary pottery we will be making a pair of pottery planters on legs. You will hand build and refine a simple pot then decorate it with impressed and applied pattern work. Coloured slips in harmonious colours will complete the design. ( Full Day)


Ceramics: Moon Gazing Rabbit

Create a sturdy paper former and then cover it with slabs of clay. Use modelling techniques to create a moon-gazing rabbit. Refine the surface with pattern work, poetry or prose. Select slips or glazes to add colour. ( Full Day)


Ceramics: Cactus Pots

Work with terracotta clay to create a set of 3 small cactus pots. You will use reference to pattern making traditions from a selection of different cultures to create a set of three pots with scraffito decoration. You will make a pot using the pinch pot technique and will then apply coloured slips to the surface that you can then scratch through to make your decorative designs. (Half Day)


Ceramics: Wall Plate

Inspired by the bold line drawings of Picasso and Matisse, you will design and make a decorative plate with slip and incised decoration. Smooth lines and gentle colour work will define a very elegant and decorative outcome. (Full Day)


Ceramics: Coil Pot

Learn how to hand build a pot using coils of clay and a kidney! Time travel by learning a making technique used by earliest man to create simple cooking vessels. Your pot will evolve and grow as you develop it. The surface may be refined with applied and imprinted textures and patterns. Your pot will be dried and fired twice before being returned to the studio for collection. (Full Day)


Ceramics: Slabbed Landscape Pot

Inspired by the work of British Potters Nigel Edmundson, you will be makingll Day) a ceramic pot using the slab building technique. We will be using grogged or gritty clay to make pots with incised and applied surface decoration. Textures and colours of the natural landscape will be used as reference for surface decoration. (Full Day)


Textiles: Introduction To Batik

Experiment with hot wax, fabric and dyes to create a unique batik wall hanging. We will be using brushes and the traditional tjanting tools to apply hot wax to define your design. Design references will be provided but you are very welcome to prepare a design in advance. (Full Day)


Ceramics: Pottery Feet Plant Stand

Spend the morning designing and making a set of pottery feet for your garden plants. Make a collection of 4 feet to support an outdoor pot and allow it to drain freely. Designs can be as wild and jolly as you can imagine! (Half Day)


Ceramics: Slab built houses

I will provide clay slabs ready to use for construction. Design and create a decorative house using slabs, stamps, slips and scraffito. With pierced designs you could then convert your work into a tealight holder, or just raise the roof to make a useful box. (Full Day)


Ceramics: Troika Pottery

Work with the slabbuilding technique to create pots inspired by Troika pottery. You will also have the option to use extruded forms that you then manipulate and decorate with texture and clean geometric designs. ( Full Day)


Textiles: Colourful Tote Bag

Use fabric paints and stencilling to decorate a very useful canvas tote bag. Consider composition, colourways and embellishment with simple needle point work. ( Half Day)


Ceramics:Tiny trinket box

Use slab building techniques to make a tiny textured trinket box. Add a personalised finnial. and surface decoration that will be heightened with a semi trnsluscent glaze. ( Half Day)


Ceramics:Kitchenalia

You wil be working with extruded tubes that you can develop into a kitchen utensil drainer and a jug or utensil holder. The final design is entirely up to you! Choose from slip transfer, slip stencil and scraffitio techniques to complete your work. ( Full Day )


Ceramics:Make a Mug

Use hand building and stamping techniques perfected by Sarah Pike to make a textured an decoratice mug. Have a go at pulling a handle just like they do on Pottery Throw Down! (Half Day)