Creative Ceramics Edinburgh, pottery teacher

Creative Ceramics Edinburgh

Creative Ceramics Edinburgh

location_on Edinburgh

local_activity classes: Wheel ThrowingCeramic Painting and GlazingClay Sculpture and Hand BuildingPottery

4.9 (36)

The Creative Ceramics studio was opened in 2005, as a space for all ages and ability to experience the therapeutic benefits, of working with clay.






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(36)


Kay Malloch Feb 2024


My daughter and I have just spent a great morning with Sandra in her workshop. It was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and she is a wonderful teacher with lots of patience - especially when instructing me on the speed of the pottery wheel and centering the clay. Sandra was lovely to chat to - very experienced and knowledgable in her craft. We both thoroughly enjoyed the morning, having completed several pottery pieces each with Sandra’s help and we are looking forward to seeing them again after they have been fired. We would definitely recommend this class to others wanting to experience wheel throwing clay.
Many thanks Sandra and ClassBento.

Teacher's response

Hi Kay, Thank you so much for your fabulous review!
I’m so glad you both enjoyed the session so much, you both did really well for your first time.
Best wishes
Sandra

Jake Elliott-Hook Feb 2024


Great Valentine’s Day activity. Really fun and informative!

Definitely recommend giving it a go.

Lola Feb 2024


I booked this for me and my boyfriend for his birthday. We have both never done anything like this. The teacher was absolutely lovely and very hands on, she gets you started on the wheel right away talking you through every step. Our session was just the two of us and the teacher.
We got to take two bits to keep, one we made and one we painted.
I loved and would go again and again.

Pottery class review by Lola - Edinburgh

Emily Feb 2024


Had a great time, went to try something new and had lots of fun. Two hours flies by. Teacher gave a demonstration at the start and then you get basically the whole two hours to practice yourself with lots of guidance when needed. Felt very comfortable as two people who had never tried it before. Made a variety of things and got to keep two of them with our package. Highly recommend!

Ellen van der Linden Feb 2024


Both of us really enjoyed the class! Sandra was great at explaining how it worked, and even though we both hadn’t done this before we did manage to make a few pots! Sandra mostly let us try but she did help out when we were stuck or to help us with the finishing touches, which was very helpful. Would definitely recommend!

Teacher's response

Hi Ellen
It was lovely to meet you both, and I’m so glad you both enjoyed it so much. I’ve sent you an email re-Fish.
Best wishes
Sandra

Dui Jasinghe Jan 2024


A really fun couple of hours to spend on a cold winter day! Sandra was brilliant, very friendly and skilled and was very patient with our mistakes. I bought this as a birthday gift for my partner, and we created some beautiful bowls and cups with Sandra's help and encouragement, and we each also got to pick out a ready-made piece to paint. The session was very calm and therapeutic, and we have some good laughs. A great time all around, and would definitely go again!

Teacher's response

Hi Dui, I had a lovely time too with yourself and Ole, really nice to meet you both. Your work is ready to collect!
Best wishes
Sandrq

Jackie Laird Jan 2024


Wish I could give 10 stars! This was something we were sent as a gift, it’s something I’d wanted to try and it was fab. Sandra was very welcoming and patient with us 2 novices and she loves a bit of banter! Would definitely recommend. Can’t wait to see the results and photos. Thanks Sandra!

Jacqueline Stuart Jan 2024


Had a fabulous day with hubby at Sandra's studio.
We tried our hand at coil building, throwing and pinch pots and Sandra was a very patient tutor giving us the space to be creative but offering advise and a helping hand where we needed it.
She was so friendly and made our day really enjoyable.
Would thoroughly recommend her courses. Can't wait to see our finished pots once they're fired.

Fiona Macleod Jan 2024


Such a lovely class, great materials as you could make slightly bigger, more practical pottery than sometimes! Sandra was great, very chatty and helpful without taking over your activity! Great experience :)

Teacher's response

Thanks Fiona, for your review, the pieces you and your friends made will be put to good use, I’m sure!
Best wishes
Sandra

Siobhan McConville Jan 2024


Amazing experience! We both had so much fun with our wheel throwing class. Sandra guided us both very patiently when we made mistakes, and helped us learn how to improve. She was a brilliant teacher and made the whole experience fun!
Good value for money, we made 6 pots each and chose the best ones to keep. I would 100% recommend this class!

Wheel Throwing Class review by Siobhan McConville - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Hi Siobhan,
Thank you both so much for your review. It was as much fun for me as it was for you both, lovely folk make things easier!
Best wishes
Sandra

Will Lindsay-Perez Jan 2024


If we could leave 6 stars we would! Could not recommend Sandra enough - she makes pottery so accessible, fun and memorable.

Thank you Sandra!

Will and Anna

Teacher's response

Hi Will,
It was nice to meet yourself and Anna, so glad you both got so much from the class.
Best wishes
Sandra

Joe Goodwin Jan 2024


Had an amazing 3 hours that flew by! Was managed to get in on New Years Eve and was an amazing way to start the day off.

Sandra was incredibly polite, made everything really comfortable, and can’t wait to have our finished pieces! Would highly recommend.

Teacher's response

Hi Joe,
What a fantastic review thank you both.
I’m so glad you both enjoyed the class, makes it all worthwhile.
Best wishes
Sandra

Greg Wickham Dec 2023


Sandra was a fantastic teacher and created such a fun and relaxing environment. This was our first time creating pottery but certainly won't be our last. Would highly recommend!

Teacher's response

Hi Greg,
So glad you both enjoyed it and it was lovely to meet you both.
Best wishes
Sandra

Karen Stewart Dec 2023


Bought as a family birthday activity - we all had a great time and the hours flew in !

Teacher's response

Hi Karen,
So glad you all enjoyed your session. Really nice meeting you all.
Best wishes
Sandra

David Hamilton Dec 2023


Really grear session with Sandra. We really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend or repeat. All materials are supplied, and there's even a cuppa and a biscuit!

Pottery class review by David Hamilton - Edinburgh

Teacher's response

Hi David,
So nice to meet you both and glad you enjoyed your session. Your work is ready to collect.
Best wishes
Sandra

Louise Coleman Dec 2023


This was an excellent class. The teacher was very chatty and helpful when making our creations and painting!

Teacher's response

Hi Louise it was lovely having you and your mum in the studio, so glad you both enjoyed it, lovely work too, putting your handle on today.
Best wishes
Sandta

Sarah Sweenie Dec 2023


We had a great time with Sandra. She gave a great demonstration before letting us try ourselves. She was supportive whilst giving us freedom to be creative. We're excited to pick up our finished pieces! Thanks again:)

Teacher's response

Hi Sarah,
Really nice to meet you both, your mum loved your birthday gift, and didn’t she do well!
Best wishes
Sandra

Findlay Nov 2023


I planned this class as a present to my partner for her birthday, it was not a good experience.

There was a clear difference between the treatment I as a man received within this workshop and the treatment my partner received as a woman.

I was treated very well, spoken with warmth and encouraged the whole time compared to my partner whose bids for support and clarification were mostly ignored, she was barely spoken to and received mostly negative feedback as opposed to the overly positive feedback that I was receiving.

My partner made it a point to ask for clarification and to ask questions and for things to be explained with more specific wording than "do this" or like this or like that, so the teacher was given a chance to adapt to my partner's learning needs which unfortunately she didn't take. She continued to use unspecific language such as "do this and then you do that and like this and like that". Enough time had passed of my partner trying to work with the vague instructions and trying to figure it out herself to the point where she ended up completely discouraged and disengaged with the course. She began crying as a result and the teacher's response wasn't to be understanding and to try to remediate, instead she asked my partner "are you in a bad mood now?" with a frustrated tone. That's a completely unacceptable way of dealing with a student starting to cry because you as a teacher refused to adapt the way you teach to suit a student. My partner chose to step out and to take a minute before responding to the teacher and the teacher turned to me to call my partner rude and to try to pin me against her. As a matter of fact, she kept making wide eyes at me in frustration, very rudely, even before the situation escalated every time my partner asked for additional support. This was very odd to me as my main focus is to see my partner enjoy this workshop not to have the teacher treat her poorly and not give her support when she requires some and then the teacher actually inappropriately looking to me to validate her strange responses to my partner needing clarifications.

Before leaving the course halfway through the time allocated my partner tried explaining to the teacher that she had tried the whole time to catch up with the teacher's instructions and to explain to the teacher what she trying to do and to ask questions about techniques, all in an effort to give the teacher a chance to remediate the situation but she was met with defense and was told "I told you what to do and you didn't do it" and "you said you found a different technique so I let you do that". There seemed to be a strange hostility and willful misunderstanding of my partner's attempts at communicating the way the teacher was explaining things wasn't working for her.

Something else that was odd about the interaction with the teacher was when the teacher asked me what I do for a living I said I worked in sales and she then clarified whether this means I work at a computer all day and I responded that yes mostly that's what it means then she said "I feel sorry for you, I could never". This was weird to me and I felt pitied.

Then the teacher inappropriately insisted to wipe some clay splash off my glasses when I had specifically said to her "no it's okay" twice already. She proceeded to do so anyways crossing a boundary I put in with her.

She did a very similar thing to my partner about rolling her sleeves up even more than they already were. My partner insisted that it's okay and that they feel securely up and the top will be put in the washing machine afterward anyway but the teacher insisted to do so regardless and proceeded to open the buttons to the sleeves despite my partner's attempts to say no thank you.

We do not want any memories from this workshop and that includes the pots made then as they were mostly done by the teacher anyways as she mostly took over the work instead of attempting to explain things further.

I will never recommend this teacher to anyone else and we will be trying pottery with some other teachers who are more engaging and give equitable treatment to both of us and can adapt their teaching to suit various needs.

Teacher's response

Hi Fin
It was not a pleasant session yesterday, yet it started out so well, Diana was delighted with your gift when she walked into my wee studio, this is the usual reaction on arriving and leaving…Joy!
Unfortunately, Diana decided not to follow my throwing instructions, as she said she’d ’found a better way to do it’, this was why I was so surprised or ‘wide-eyed’ as you describe it, (with a smile as I recall), I was surprised but didn’t mind. In my opinion Diana was frustrated that ‘her way’ wasn’t not working. This resulted in her slamming my wee wheel, which I didn’t appreciate, plus her beautiful wee pot I’d helped her retrieve, fling open my studio door, leaving it open, and go outside to cry. I offered tea and coffee shortly afterwards to try and calm the situation, as well as to try pinch pots as we’d spoken of earlier in the session. If my methods had been so varied with you both, why did you only say this after you’d been outside to console Diana? You said nothing prior to then, which I assume to mean you didn’t see any difference, because there was no difference.
As I recall I’d pushed back your sleeves on a couple of occasions (this happens during most sessions as peoples sleeves slide down, sometimes I’ve put hair bands on both men and women as their hands are dirty, and I’ve cleaned clay off a few pairs of glasses too), which you’d not minded. I did the same with Diana to prevent staining her lovely vintage jumper, it’s called being helpful, not ‘weird’ as you unfortunately interpret it as. Oh and I do feel sorry for people who have to sit in-front of a computer all day, as ‘personally’ I’d not like it at all, as I said more and more creative people who do so, are booking in for a session as they want to use their hands for a change…their words!
I’ve no idea what Diana said to you during the 10 mins you were both outside but for both to return, tell me you were leaving, then putting your coats on and bombarding me with insults, accusing me of liking men more than women, (which is laughable to those who know me), have a negative energy (positivity is a political statement, is my motto) and that I taught Diana differently to you are all derogatory statements, untrue and your own personal opinions of me. My instructions were not ‘do this’ or ‘do that’ I’m afraid you were totally misinformed! I realised this and was why I asked you both to ‘kindly leave my studio’. Diana only made eye contact after she’d convinced you of her version of events and said with a smile, ‘aaah so your problem was that I’d found a better way and didn’t do as you told me’, this seemed to please her.
Both of your energy towards me was negative! It was a horrible experience and one I hope never to experience again.
As I’ve asked, why come to a class to learn something new and ignore ‘basic’ throwing instruction, is not something I’d come across until yesterday. The basics are the same but people use different hand positions and methods. That is why I left Diana to it, but kept an eye on her, since I didn’t know what her way was, but was interested, it may have worked, every day is a school day. Unfortunately for her it did not work out, I then went over to help retrieve the pot. By that time there was no eye contact from Diana and no answers to my questions or acknowledgment she’d heard me. Yes I asked if she was in a bad mood now (since her way hadn’t worked) it was half jokingly said to try and lighten the very dark mood she was getting herself into. She then abruptly shouted at me to turn down the music, which I did, on my return I tried to talk to her kindly as I could see she was upset about something, but had no idea what.
When you were hurrying out to attend to Diana, you said ‘no, it’s something else’ which I interpreted to mean there was an under-lying reason for her behaviour, I still believe that to be the case, it’s the only explaination that makes any sense to me,
She asked me to ‘use different words’ I wasn’t sure what she meant, I was using the same words I always use. Blind and deaf people can throw, I showed her hand positions on numerous occasions, I did also describe what I was doing exactly the same way I did to you. I demonstrate throwing the way I was taught at Glasgow School of Art. Up until Diana’s outburst, you said you were enjoying the class and were doing very well, you’d both thrown 3 pieces by then. Diana had thrown one fairly large one which I’d remarked upon, I treated you both the same.
I’ve emailed you offering £25 refund for the last half hour, ie your decision to leave not mine. You both threw 3 pieces each, you picked 1 each, you don’t want them now. You called me minutes after you’d left, and when I answered you hung up, you called back accusing me of ‘rudeness’ and requested a full refund?!?
I am self-employed, business electricity went up 3 times not 2 like domestic you were both on wheels for an hour! I take my work very seriously but I think it should also be fun, and I treat people the way I’d like to be treated myself.
I hope things improved for you both yesterday, they did for me, a lovely couple were in after you both and another 5 star review received this morning after a session on Friday.
At no point did I say to your partner ‘I told you what to do and you didn’t do it’, this is total fabrication on your parter’s side. I have never experienced such aggression in my studio as I did from Diana.
It’s really sad yesterday didn’t work out for you both.
This is the first negative review I’ve ever received in 20 years! I’m sure it will be only one.

I wish you both well,
Sandra

Amber Monteith Nov 2023


Sandra was fantastic. She was great to learn from and we felt very welcomed right away. We managed to make a few nice pieces with her guidance. It was a lovely experience - both for a first timer and someone who is now inspired to get back into pottery!

Wheel Throwing Class review by Amber Monteith - Edinburgh

Mandy Nov 2023


Friendly, very knowledgeable, engaged teacher, fun way to spend a couple of hours whilst learning lots.

Teacher's response

Thank you Mandy it was really nice to meet you! I’m so glad you enjoyed your session and I was able to facilitate your vision in clay. Best wishes Sandra.

Shaunna Elliott-Hook Nov 2023


Sandra was an amazing teacher, we booked a private class and had the best time! It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend booking with Sandra, plenty of time on the wheel and to decorate a piece of pottery too. A very warm and relaxed environment, would 100% go back again!

Teacher's response

Hi Shaunna,
Thank you so much for your complimentary review, it was really nice to meet you both and I’m so glad you both enjoyed the session.
Best wishes Sandra

Rob Heasman Oct 2023


Sandra was a great tutor for 2 throwing novices. Her studio was easy to find and parking was no problem. The 2 hour class flew by. Sandra was great at demonstrating what to do and we were throwing our first attempt within minutes of the class starting. I would highly recommend Sandra and her studio to anyone who wants a creative and well supported experience. Thanks. Rob

Teacher's response

Thank you Rob, you and Stephanie were both great on the wheel. So glad you both took to it so well. Fantastic results and lovely to meet you both.
Best wishes, Sandra.

Olatunji Oct 2023


Sandra is a phenomenal teacher. Very patient, understanding and helpful. The hours flew by and we were really happy with the end product. Worth every penny

Teacher's response

Thank you for your great review Olatunji!
It was a pleasure having you lovely folks in my studio. Great work too!

Kelly Sep 2023


This class was so much fun. Sandra is such a great teacher! I was pretty terrible at following the instructions but was still able to make some interesting peices on the wheel. I could definitely see how her fun, calm and patient personality would work with various groups of people, young and old. We would like to take take our boys back for a class one day!

Teacher's response

Thank you for your kind review Kelly! You certainly are the creative one on the wheel So glad you and David enjoyed the class your work looks fabulous.

Fiona Simpson Sep 2023


Sandra was amazing and we loved our experience! It was our first time pottery making & painting and she made it so enjoyable and simple for us

Eszter Kalapos Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


I cannot recommend this enough! Well worth every penny. Sandra, our teacher was beyond fantastic, the place was completely adorable and very cozy, we got plenty of tools and materials and it was all around a very fun experience. Special thanks to Sandra for being so welcoming! We really enjoyed chatting with you!

Cameron Court Aug 2023


Our teacher was fantastic, really chatty and welcoming and provided us with loads of support throughout the class. Our pottery ended up looking pretty good as well, which was a welcome surprise as this was our first time! Would highly reccomend to anyone looking to try wheel throwing

Alison Millar Aug 2023


We had so much fun learning to through a pot. Sandra was a very patient teacher Can’t wait to see the results

Teacher's response

Thank you Alison it was lovely to meet you both. Great present for your friend, she really got into it. Sandra

Daniel Vandenbulcke Jul 2023


Sandra was amazing to teach, put us at ease and is very approachable.
The class was super instructive, fun, and despite the fact we were four, she gave us all enough attention and support during the learning.
She quickly explained us the basics of the wheel but never forgot to come back at us to check and correct.

Never a negative word regarding our making and if we did she was always flipping the view on the positive side.

Definitely recommend !

Teacher's response

Thank you all so much for your 5 star review! Best wishes Sandra.

Molly Gordon Jun 2023


Sandra was so lovely and welcoming and was very helpful throughout. We had so much fun, it was very relaxing and you get lots of attempts which was great as this was our first time. Would definitely come again and recommend to friends

Teacher's response

Thanks Molly you were both good fun and glad you enjoyed it so much.
Best wishes Sandra.

Karolina Madeyska Jun 2023


If you are thinking of taking a pottery class, this is the one you are looking for. I got this 2-hour class for a 10-year-old boy and his mom as a present for International Children's Day, and that was it! 200% of happiness Sandra was an amazing and experienced teacher. Very friendly and supportive. We will definitely come back one day for more. A big thank you to you, Sandra! 5 stars from us!

Shirley Wallace Jun 2023


What a wonderful experience. Sandra was an amazing teacher and made us feel so welcome. I loved the location, really easy to get to and felt inspired by all the finished works on display. It felt a very safe space for my autistic daughter who is now hooked on pottery. She also has joint problems and this was much better and more fun than any physio exercises have ever been.

I didn’t expect to feel so zen and excited at the same time. I was anxious that I wouldn’t actually make anything but Sandra reassured me I would…ten pots made between the two of us so she was right. Can’t wait to go back to decorate our pots.

Wheel Throwing Class review by Shirley Wallace - Edinburgh

Tricia Whyatt May 2023


A really fun learning experience and we both enjoyed being shown how to throw a pot and given the opportunity to do ceramic painting

Robin Kohler May 2023


Sandra was so lovely. Great way to spend the afternoon. You learn several throwing techniques and I would love to go back! I’m a lovely location near the beach incase you want to have a walk after

One-to-one Pottery Class review by Robin Kohler - Edinburgh

Motaz May 2023


Sandra was an amazing instructor, such a fun activity to do, not only was it engaging but therapeutic experience too! Definitely recommend!

Melinda Wyk May 2023


Sandra is a great teacher with a welcoming personality making the class super fun and engaging. We learned a lot and can't wait for our next session with her. Definitely would recommend

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