Pottery Making Taster Workshop

Learn how to make your own handmade pottery at this beginner-friendly class!

2 hours - 3 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 6 to 12

label £40 - £45 (£45 per guest when you book for 1+ guests, £40 for 5+ guests; price varies across dates)

Looking for chilled-out London activities to help you escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Sit back, relax and get creative with clay at this pottery making workshop in Stoke Newington!

During this beginner-friendly class, you'll learn all the tips and tricks needed to transform handmade clay into bespoke pottery pieces. Your expert guide will demonstrate hand-building techniques using coils and slabs before covering wheel throwing as you prepare to get hands-on with your clay!

Whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced clay crafter, this workshop is a great chance to unwind in a London pottery studio as you let your creative side take over.

At the end of the class, your beautiful pottery pieces will be taken away to be biscuit fired and glazed, ready to collect after three weeks to display at home or give away as handmade gifts!

Please note:

  • Your finished pieces will be fired and glazed, ready to collect two weeks after the class.
  • A materials fee of £5 per piece of pottery made is payable on the day of your workshop.

What you'll get
Clay, aprons and tools will be provided during the class.
What to bring
  • Fingernails should be kept short for health and safety reasons.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting a bit of clay on.
Suitable for

This class is perfect for beginners - no prior experience is needed.

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hen do or stag do.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.


cernamic studio - Stoke Newington 36A Windus road N16 6UP London

Your teacher

4.9 (104)

A rare and hidden pottery Eden in the heart of east London, Stoke Newington. Cernamic studio in Stoke Newington was founded, created, and built during the first lockdown of the pandemic, through hard work, blood, sweat, and tears. Nam and Susi two professional ceramicists run this fun and affordable pottery studio open for everyone from all walks of life.

Nam Tran is an award-winning practitioner who gives lectures and demos at universities and exhibits internationally. A ceramic lecturer and head of the departments in design and multi-media with Kensington and Chelsea college. Nam specialises in wheel-thrown raku, bringing years of experience and craftsmanship to every object made.

Tran's work is focused primarily on exploring the physical properties of clay and material experimentation is a strong characteristic of his work. He has been developing making enclosed forms that are much stronger than open forms and therefore resonates well with the alternative firing technique he uses. His work is dominated by thrown pieces that subtly echo the urban roots and conceptual design. Nam Tran first made pots as a teenager on a wheel in his own bedroom and remembers being captivated by the experience. With his unique alternatives methods and approach to ceramics, Nam Tran identifies rules and manipulates and bends them.

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Erol Candan Jul 2022

Nam was a great teacher, made the whole class feel very comfortable. His demonstrations were quick and succinct, allowing us to all learn by trial and error, correcting is if we ever strayed too far from good technique.

Definitely recommend this class or even the 5 week course for those who think they will really enjoy pottery making

Ellie Parker Jun 2022

I highly recommend attending this pottery making taster workshop! It is a class suitable for everyone whether you're a complete beginner, like myself, or have had previous experience creating pottery. My friend and I recently attended and didn't know what to expect as we hadn't done an activity like this before. We were greeted by friendly and engaging teachers who helped us throughout the session. Plus there are pugs too The price of the class is definitely worth it as you are given the opportunity to make more than one item and then if you choose to keep these items, they will be glazed and painted for you. From this class, I have gained a new skill and would definitely like to return and create more pottery! :)

Pottery workshop review by Ellie Parker

Yoko Yee Jun 2022

Clear demonstration and amazing leadership. The teacher showed all the basic steps, then encourage you to bring in your creativity. Supporting at the same time.

Me and my friend had 6 items made at the end. Super relaxing and rewarding experience

Pottery workshop review by Yoko Yee

Jo Massey Jun 2022

What a great class! We were there as a family and joined a group of others for the class. We learnt how to make pots (or whatever we wanted!) on the wheel and by coiling. The teacher was amazing as were the others who were on hand to help out. The studio was light and airy and an inspiring place to spend time.

Tom Cobley Jun 2022

Great teacher and a really nice studio, a very enjoyable evening. Thanks so much Nam!

Adele Dro Jun 2022

We had a great time in a lovely place with a very nice teacher, perfect birthday gift !

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Ric Zhang Jun 2022

The teaching staff were so nice and helpful. They had 3 teachers for 10 of us, so we didn't have to wait to get support or advice on our work. The venue was really nice and clean. The founder and his dad rebuilt the place from scratch all by themselves during lockdown (impressive!). Student artwork was displayed all around the venue, and honestly, the pieces were so well executed, which showcases their talent as teachers.

Thomas Gardiner Jun 2022

We had a great time at this lesson! Nice chilled environment, very fun and an awesome teacher!

Blen Nor Jun 2022

Class was great, had so much fun. I might look to start doing pottery as a hobby.

Patchi Claudino Jun 2022

The venue is rustic and has a lovely atmosphere with high ceiling, plants, shelves full of ceramic pieces and a lot of natural light.

The equipment is great and they were generous with how much clay and how many pieces we could make.

The teacher (Nam) was very knowledgeable and conveyed it all very clearly. The assisting teachers (Susie and Amy) were super helpful and patient.

We spent most of the time on the wheel and finished the session with some hand building.

I’m having to of my pieces glazed to take home later, for a reasonable price.

Overall, it was a great experience: both educational and enjoyable. And I think the price is fair.

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Patchi Claudino

Jack Dormer Jun 2022

Me and my girlfriend had a lovely time! I have done pottery making before and actually had a poor experience and this was just brilliant. Super fun, well taught but mainly just want to shout out the vibe. Loved hearing the story of the studio. Can't recommend this enough.

Austen Conway Jun 2022

A great experience. My first ever go using clay to make anything.
The venue was nice, a good open space well lit.
Nam, our instructor, was first rate. Plenty of help on hand. Equipment and materials all to hand. A real sense of achievement to make a pot on the wheel. I would throughly recommend this experience.

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Austen Conway

Ivana Zorn Jun 2022

Great two hours spent being totally immersed in hands on learning throw down pottery basics by an easy going, knowledgable and very encouraging tutor Nam. What a great and inspiring studio space. What a great and generous set up. Can’t wait to pick up my first ever glazed bowl.

Katie Angell Jun 2022

Really enjoyable introduction into pottery! Very helpful teacher, easy to get to location with lots of space. I liked a lot that we were straight onto the wheels instead of just doing coil pots. Example of the kind of thing we got to make below!

Pottery workshop review by Katie Angell

Siobhan Stewart Jun 2022

Nice large studio. It was a great introduction to pottery with lots of information and guidance.

Alejandra Ugarte Jun 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This class was fantastic! The teacher/assistant we’re all so helpful and really let you play around with your creations. Everyone had their own pottery wheel and there was enough time to make three on the wheel and one freehand. Absolutely loved the class, highly recommended if you want to try something different!

Pottery workshop review by Alejandra Ugarte

Victoria Hodge Jun 2022

My experience at the taster pottery class was amazing. The studio was really cool and there was lots of space for the class to learn and try the new techniques. There was plenty of clay for everyone.
The teachers and assistants were really friendly and encouraging and made the whole experience fun and comfortable.
I would highly recommend and would love to go back again!

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Victoria Hodge Sydney

Megan James Jun 2022

Very informative class which provided plenty of opportunity to practise skills and came away with a piece each.

Shelly Yanushpolsky May 2022

Great studio, price, teaching, atmosphere! Only downside is it's a bit far out, but worth it all in all.

Victoria Mears May 2022

Good value for money in a nice studio with friendly and clearly experienced instructors. This is a pretty challenging thing to get the hang of, and 2 hours was not really enough time to get the hang of things or learn from mistakes. Next time I think I'd book the longer 3hr session to give more time to experiment and learn. Overall we had a great time, and look forward to trying out the wheel again!

Kerstin Frie May 2022

We had a fantastic time at this class! The teachers guided us well through the process, and all of us ended up with a product we loved! A great way to spend your Saturday morning. :)

Malvika Savur May 2022

Really good class super interesting and Nam and Suzie were really helpful and nice! Would definitely recommend, was a pretty reasonable price too

Thea Mercado May 2022

Really fun and helpful class. It was my first time doing pottery and I’ll definitely be back to do it again!

Muneera Alali May 2022

I love pottery and I had fun with the Amazing teacher I hope to stay longer in London
Thanks a lot Nam
Muneera from Qatar

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Muneera Alali

Jazmine Jennings May 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

It was an amazing class, and the venue was stunning. All art pieces that have been made was on show and it was beautiful to look at.

Our instructor was amazing, he was patient with all of us and was able to guide us with ease. There was many chances to practice with.

All around an amazing experience and would highly recommend it, especially as a beginner.

Akvile Griksaite May 2022

*Read if you still can’t decide*

This pottery class was trully amazing and worth every ££!
I could not have asked for better 3 hours spent learning the craft.
The venue is a beautiful, spacious ceramic studio full of inspiration and great people!
Again, only good words about the main potter/teacher that showed us everything and there were others helping out during the process. The class was very informative and as a creative person that has tried multiple crafts myself I can tell, these people lead the class with big passion and they know the craft very well (I mean just look at their instagram).
I had 3 tries at throwing on the weel (made a vase and 2 bowls) and later we did dry clay sculpturing.

I loved it from the start to finish, my boyfriend loved it as much as I did and it was his first ever pottery experience. We had an amazing time and recommend to everyone 100%

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Akvile Griksaite Sydney

Beccy Weir May 2022

Really fun to try throwing, the tutors were helpful and the instructions were clear and enabled everyone to make something to take home!

Jennifer Neumann May 2022

It was really amazing how many assistants there were to help, but I wish the instruction was clearer at the beginning. I didn’t understand the purpose of each step.

Carter Bowes May 2022

The teaching was great made it very easy and fun to learn, very generous with clay and so worth doing

Lily Hackney May 2022

Staff were amazing! Such a good experience and I would love to do it again.

Genevieve Hampson Apr 2022

Good introduction to pottery - got good initial instruction and then lots of experts on hand to make sure we got it right

Rosamund Powell Apr 2022

A great class for beginners with hands-on support throughout and a really relaxed atmosphere.

Yaroslava Kravtsova Apr 2022

I booked it for 2 adults and a 12 year old, did not know what to expect from the class, BUT it definitely exceeded my expectation. The tutors were absolutely amazing, knowledge and skills they have is exceptional, always there if we needed help. I would absolutely definitely recommend to try it, it was fun experience.
The venue was easy to find not too far from the station. I like the fact that we didn't have to share the wheel, everyone had its own one.
Thank you for the unforgettable 2 hours :)))))

Anna Seidel Apr 2022

Had a great time here - lovely space, teachers were super helpful and very informative - lots of patience too for a complete beginner like myself! Enjoyed the creative freedom, a great 2 hour session :)

Erica Gaete Apr 2022

A great experience with kind mentors around, ended on good spirits and high motivation, thanks

Mimi Ngo Apr 2022

Amazing class, teacher was really good and the other staff members were great when you needed help they came around. The venue looked so cool, the whole experience was lovely! A friendly warm vibe

Ruth Cookson Apr 2022

Great fun , can’t believe I actually made something at the end of this taster session ! Tutor was very skilled and knowledgeable, definitely recommend as a fun thing to do with friends or solo .

Pottery workshop review by Ruth Cookson Sydney

Sharon Chung Apr 2022

the class was was fun, relaxing and informative. the studio is really pretty too! Will definitely recommend!

Chloe Mendonca Apr 2022

Teacher was great, lots of assistance provided by those helping in the class. Enjoyable morning.

Tamara Moore Apr 2022

Awesome class. Patient and knowledgeable teacher and tutors around to help out as needed. Easily accessible and easy to get to location.

Sahana Kasaru Apr 2022

Nam, Susi and Anita you guys were amazing and very friendly. These are people who value art and appreciate everything about it. My class was great learning experience with mistakes and fun. Best bday gift to myself. Art studio is beautiful. Would love to come more!

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Sahana Kasaru

Victoria Stockford Apr 2022

Such a welcoming and calming atmosphere. All teachers were amazing and so lovely. Will definitely be back!

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Victoria Stockford

Greg Russell Apr 2022

All teachers were super helpful and friendly. They really helped both myself and my partner at every step and we walked away wanting to book another session.

As a first time this was a really good experience and would recommend this to anyone.

Adria Reeves Apr 2022

We did the pottery making taster workshop for a work team event after our team quarterly meeting. This was an excellent workshop at just the right level for everyone. Nam is a fantastic instructor who made it feel relaxing, worthwhile and fun. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to try something different (or get back into it) and would even considering bringing my family down for a session! Very good value.

Anna Gnap Apr 2022

I think this class is a good introduction to pottery. A general introduction of techniques was given first and several (helpful!) instructors were available to students throughout. Can really recommend.

Shwetha Gurumurthy Apr 2022

Very useful workshop for a beginner. Since less people were there could get individual attention from staff. Staff were very friendly

Emma Bundu Apr 2022

Value of money, very helpful, super fun and amazing for beginners. I really enjoyed it and hope to do more classes.

Nick Slater Apr 2022

Great taster class - all the teachers were so friendly and helpful and it's such a nice studio!

Isabel Pirillo Mar 2022

Good basics, good time, felt like one could archieve things, i would recommend. Thank you

Loukia Kyriakidou Mar 2022

The studio is absolutely beautiful and the teacher so fun and made us feel at ease straight away. The class itself was absolutely amazing! We are so psyched to do it again

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Loukia Kyriakidou Sydney

Ana Jonck Mar 2022

It was a good experience. I liked it a lot, I recommend! I want to come back other time.

Nicolette Wong Mar 2022

Teachers were very helpful, venue was easy to find and very cosy inside. Would go again!

Puneet Kaur Mar 2022

Absolutely had the greatest time ever learning pottery with the team at Cernamics! Would highly recommend this for anyone looking to get a taste of pottery.

Gillian Motte Mar 2022

What a lovely way to spend a Sunday! Instructors were fabulous, patient and knowledgable. Totally recommend.

Akshara Sivakumar Mar 2022

Absolutely loved the class - worth the price!
We have enough time to go through two different techniques and full attention of the teachers who were available at every step to guide us. We were allowed to play and be be creative with no restriction on how much clay we could use (compared to other pottery classes I've been to London).
The studio space is huge and lovely and I will definitely recommend Cernamics to anyone interested in pottery!

Sinead Molloy Mar 2022

Teachers were really helpful and sweet, they explained each stage and were on hand to assist if you needed.

Danny Whitham Mar 2022

Great time…. I made sod all but the teachers were brilliant and my mrs showed me up completely. I’m now claiming hers are mine. Deffo recommend it and would come again.


Mitase Kelly Mar 2022

Went last night with my sister for her birthday and had a great time! Looking forward to seeing the final pieces in a few weeks.

Milena Franzi Mar 2022

The venue was really wonderful - it was a wide open space filled with beautiful ceramics and plants, which made for a great Sunday activity. It was very relaxing and helped to unplug from the world.

The teacher and all of the assistants were incredibly kind, helpful and friendly. The experience was worth every single penny!

Teodora Tapping Feb 2022

Loved the taster class - have always a wanted to try pottery and mainly do something with my hands (as opposed to always sending endless emails and pings). I’ll certainly be back for more.

Aimee Johnston Feb 2022

Beautiful studio and amazing practioners to guide us through. I have a new found respect for pottery!

Angela Rosario Feb 2022

Then venue and teachers were great. I 100% recommend to anyone who is looking to learn about pottery and get stuck in with this 3 hour class. Was very fun and I will definitely come back to do more.

Lindsay Ewy Feb 2022

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Antonio Cappiello Feb 2022

It was definitely value for money with helpful and friendly tutors and organised well. Very relaxed atmosphere, enough teaching time as well free time to practice.

John McCormack Feb 2022

Would highly recommend. Very helpful and a great experience. I would definitely go again! Great fun!

Jez Hibbert Feb 2022

Materials and equipment all provided.
Lovely hosts and workshop
Great session for beginners like myself.

Nita Upadhye Feb 2022

Absolutely delightful teachers. So talented, friendly and helpful. The whole class was upbeat and lively. I learned so much in a short period of time. I knew nothing when I joined the session and now understand basic principles of pottery.

Nari Faisaikhram Feb 2022

Overall i had a lovely time. The only thing I would change is to have a smaller group of attendees. Some time it was quite hard to hear what the teacher was explaining.

Annabelle Pierrini Feb 2022

Everyone was just so nice and encouraging. Big and clean venue. I had a great time.

Finola Prejady Feb 2022

Loved the class, definitely will be trying more in the future! The teachers were really helpful and made the experience a lot of fun!

Pottery workshop review by Finola Prejady

David Lau Feb 2022

Teacher was friendly and provided clear and useful instructions. Intervening when needed. It was interesting enough that I will probably book the longer courses.

Tom Hadfield Jan 2022

We had a fantastic time at the studio, the teachers were lovely and incredibly supportive. Perfect class for beginners looking to get into pottery or more seasoned potters looking to hone their skills! Thanks so much for having us!

Alison Yates Jan 2022

Great class, lovely venue and the teachers were lovely, would definitely recommend if you fancy trying something new!

Federico Acierno Jan 2022

Nice atmosphere, class well thought. Working with ceramic is so relaxing, I'll definitely try it again!

Raiesha Sardar Jan 2022

We had such a good time and learned so much in two hours. Nam, Rosa, Suzie and Anita were all so helpful. They made it all look so easy! Thank you for the fun experience. We would definitely recommend.

Fred Dent Jan 2022

Teacher Nam was excellent. Very chilled out but informative. Time flew by. Great experience. Thanks!

Rob Ferrier Jan 2022

Nice friendly staff happy to help when we needed it, glad I did the three hour cause it went pretty quickly. Compared to a lot of other courses I’d seen was good value for money too

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Rob Ferrier

Rohith Edayilveedu Jan 2022

I booked the class for my girlfriends birthday. The teachers were nice and friendly and very helpful for people with no prior experience in pottery.
All materials and equipments were provided so you can just show up there and get cracking on.
We did a three hour session for £50 per person. I guess if you want to get a generic experience and make a day out of it, it's well worth it.

Colette Brideson Jan 2022

Really fun, great teachers, made 3 pots in two hours! Studio has been done up really nicely with lots of plants.

Elizabeth Valleau Jan 2022

Wonderful teachers. So inspiring and fun! Planning to sign up for more Cernamics classes soon.

Peter Ferdinando Jan 2022

Our teacher Nam was excellent his instruction, demonstrations and help insured that we all created some pieces to be proud of. The venue was great plenty of equipment and materials for everyone. This is a working space and so interesting to see all the pots and people at work. Would thoroughly recommend.

Pottery workshop review by Peter Ferdinando Sydney

Alix Dugré Jan 2022

Teachers were enthusiastic and kind. A wonderful experience I would recommend to everyone. Must try!

Helen King Jan 2022

Great value for money! Got to hand build a mug and also have three attempts at throwing items on the wheel! Lovely teachers, really helpful and happy to suggest solutions! I would love to come back sometime! x

Pottery workshop review by Helen King

Joanna Klepka Jan 2022

Nam was excellent, I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. I loved the fact that we got stuck into it straight away. This was my first ever pottery class, and it was just such an amazing experience. I'm already looking to sign myself for a course, and I can't wait to start this. Thanks again for amazing experience. Nam is funny, informative and very approachable. The setting of the place is incredible, and really quite inspiring. Thank you so much for having me :)

Joanna Klepka Jan 2022

Nam was excellent, I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. I loved the fact that we got stuck into it straight away. This was my first ever pottery class, and it was just such an amazing experience. I'm already looking to sign myself for a course, and I can't wait to start this. Thanks again for amazing experience. Nam is funny, informative and very approachable. The setting of the place is incredible, and really quite inspiring. Thank you so much for having me :)

Miriam Damanhuri Dec 2021

Really lovely teacher and great environment. we had a great time and was really supported. I would definitely recommend.

Pottery Making Taster Workshop review by Miriam Damanhuri

Craig Riviere Dec 2021

The teacher was amazing, very informative and helpful. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking for a fun, interesting, relaxing session of trying out pottery for the first time or even many times. The venue was nice and inspiring with several other creations, toasty and warm and overall a friendly environment.

Thanks again!

Sara Hachem Dec 2021

Nam and Suzie were great, the taught us and helped us throughout the 2 hours. We had 3 goes to throw and shape the clay,which was more than enough and gave you lots of learning opportunity. We also got to keep any items we wanted and have them glazed for £3. Overall I really fun and interesting class, very worth the great price and I'd love to attend again.

Sara Hachem Dec 2021

Nam and Suzie were great, the taught us and helped us throughout the 2 hours. We had 3 goes to throw and shape the clay,which was more than enough and gave you lots of learning opportunity. We also got to keep any items we wanted and have them glazed for £3. Overall I really fun and interesting class, very worth the great price and I'd love to attend again.

Teji Vishwanath Nov 2021

Nam was a great teacher - very relaxed and engaging. The space was great and the experience was lovely (for someone who has never done pottery before)! Thinking of signing up for more classes now. Total worth my 90 min journey from west London!

Dana Li Nov 2021

Nam was super enthusiastic and helpful during the class. The studio is very cool with some beautiful (pug) assistants too!

Sumayyah Alshraim Nov 2021

everything about this class was amazing, the teachers are friendly, funny and gave clear instructions and the place is amazing.

Josephine Ogunbiyi Nov 2021

The class was amazing and he explained everything so well! Also he had a great sense of humour! Would 1000% recommend!

Moussa Nassrallah Nov 2021

Absolutely amazing session. Great teachers. Really attentive supporting and encouraging! Would definitely recommend getting involved. Beautiful studio as well is always a plus!

Viktoriya Mancheva Nov 2021

Teacher was great. The class was fun and all the techniques that he showed us.
The venue is easy to find.

Kathryn Griffin Nov 2021

Very large, nice studio space.
Great instruction for beginners and very hands on experience.
Teacher very talented

Pottery workshop review by Kathryn Griffin

Sarah Edwards Nov 2021

Nam and Suzie were amazing, really helpful teachers.
They didn’t waste time by talking a lot and let us get stuck straight in with the pottery, guiding us as the class went on. Well worth the money, and will be looking to take their classes again, thanks guys!

Seema Ahmed Oct 2021

The teaching was very good, they were patient but informative and everyone there was friendly and supportive

Seema Ahmed Oct 2021

Went extremely well, defo coming back and bringing people next time, teacher was informative and patient

Lukas Horecky Oct 2021

We really enjoyed the class it was lots of fun. From having no experience we got to a point where we could create something in just 2 hours which was very satifying

Meira Burton Oct 2021

Learnt a lot in two hours and found the class to be relaxed and friendly, not at all intimidating! Great place for a complete beginner!

Hannah Owen Oct 2021

Teacher was excellent and made the class really good fun. It was incredibly relaxing and a great way to end a weekend! Would definitely recommend and go again!

Efua Paintsil Oct 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This class is great, the environment and the team. Big thanks and I'll definitely will be booking a pottery course with you.
Oh and see you at the triends and family day in November

Thomas Wilson-Leonard Sep 2021

The female teacher was great, a little quiet, would be better if she could project her voice more in class. But she was so lovely, and taught me so much in such a short period. The other guy teacher, he was awesome and very helpful.

I had such a great day and am inspired to do more pottery, I will come back again

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