Pottery Taster Class

Learn the essentials of ceramics at this pottery workshop in London.

2 hours Class size 1 to 7     label £60

If you've ever dreamed of trying your hand at pottery and want a solid foundation, this captivating introductory session in London is the perfect opportunity.

During this two-hour class, you'll gain insights into clay preparation, explore various tools used in pottery, and master the basics of crafting a simple cylinder shape on a potter's wheel.
This standalone session is a fantastic way to explore a new creative outlet while having a blast! You'll have the chance to experience the thrill of working on a potter's wheel and acquire fundamental techniques. It's an ideal primer for the world of ceramics and serves as an excellent stepping stone if you're considering a more extensive, immersive course in future.

If you can spare an additional hour or two, you can even decorate your creations at once, with the convenience of picking them up later. For those with busy schedules, you can arrange a follow-up session with Mihaly for decorating and glazing. And the best part? The cost of £60 covers the entire experience, ensuring you have everything you need to embark on this pottery adventure.

Please note: All the necessary materials for the class will be readily available, and your friendly instructor will be present throughout to share valuable tips and guidance.
Please feel free to send a request if you can't find suitable dates to attend.

Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly and suitable for children aged six and above. Please note that children must have an adult present. If your children will learn pottery and you will be there to supervise, you only need to purchase one ticket. Please always mention at booking if it's for your child.
What you'll get
All the materials and tools to make four to five pieces of pottery.
What to bring
Please note:
It is easier to do pottery with shorter nails because you need to use your fingertips throughout the process. If possible, please arrive with shorter nails so you can use your fingertips fully. Thank you!
Suitable for

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

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 6 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

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


The Rosemary Organic Hungarian Restaurant - 178 New Cross Road, New Cross Gate, SE14 5AA, England

Pottery Taster Class location
Your teacher
Mihaly Herczeg
Mihaly Herczeg

5.0 (42)

My name is Mihaly Herczeg and I am an entrepreneur, maker, who likes experiments and challenges at the same time. I fell in love with clay, especially with porcelain when I started to learn throwing.
After years of practicing and playing, I designed and made all of the tableware in my restaurant, at The Rosemary. Throwing is like being in your self-made world. I realised that many people would like to have this experience with the clay. I have started to teach during the pandemic and I enjoyed that as much as the throwing itself.
I can offer a taster session or a beginner course, which includes 4lessons and takes you through making basic shapes, finishing, glazing and firing too. My classes are different than others because is a small class with max. 7 people and I can give you all the help, tips, correcting mistakes, what I made before (for example: breathing well is crucial at throwing). Also, if you sign up for any of my classes, you will be a part of the thrower students online hub, which can help you to be motivated, inspired and following each other progress.

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Jessica Dromgoole Nov 2023

I did a taster session. Lovely coffee. Lovely surroundings, and under Mihaly's careful instruction, felt that I improved during the two hours. I made five pieces, which I'll pick up in a couple of weeks, and came away feeling delighted with myself! Highly recommended

Ruben Nov 2023

Mihaly was a great teacher and focused on each step with you.

Fun class & learned a lot!

Nicola Wright Nov 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Venue is fab, it's his restaurant where he has many of his own creations on display. His explanations were great and we got right into throwing the clay within 10 minutes. I made 5 items and painted them all. Lovely guy, really calm atmosphere and great coffee! Thank you!

Pottery Taster Class review by Nicola Wright - London

Nicole Nov 2023

Overall a great experience! I'm considering doing a pottery course and this was the perfect introduction. Mihaly was funny and helpful, so a great teacher, and it was very nice to stay an hour and a half after the alloted time to decorate the 4 pieces I made. Looking forward to picking them up in a couple of weeks, thank you!

Lotte Horrie Nov 2023

Small class, and Mihaly is fab. Definitely recommend, I’ve never done anything like it before and felt like you get a taste of pottery

Billy Downes Nov 2023

Mihaly was an amazing teacher. Was the perfect balance of letting us do it and helping if it went wrong. Was also paired with great hospitality and would highly recommend!

Luke Oct 2023

Two of us attended Mihaly’s workshop today and we loved it. His teaching style is amazing and lighthearted and the materials provided were plenty for a good practise. The setting is beautiful and so was the goulash we stayed for afterwards!

Lucy Robertson Oct 2023

We had a fantastic time at Mihaly's class - Mihaly was extremely patient and detailed - neither of us had ever made pottery before and ended up with four beautiful pieces each! The environment is lovely and relaxed, whilst we painted Mihaly even gave us some hungarian wine to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We're excited to eat in the restaurant when we come back to collect the pottery! Would recommend to anyone.

Priya Oct 2023

Had the loveliest morning going from total novice to potter at top speed with Mihaly, who was a great tutor while also fun and patient - and in such a lovely restaurant! His passion for the craft is infectious and you leave feeling accomplished and full of joy. Highly recommend x

Natalee Oct 2023

Came here for my sisters birthday and had a great time! Mihaly was very hospitable and was a great teacher.
The venue was easy to find and close to the station, and there were only 5 students which made it feel like a private class and were able to get help when needed.
We even stayed a bit after to decorate our pieces.
Would definitely recommend coming here!

Tanya Favitta Oct 2023

We had a fantastic private pottery lesson with Mihaly for my friend's birthday. Mihaly was incredibly helpful, kind, and knowledgeable. He guided us through the process, helping us correct our mistakes along the way. The workshop is located inside a restaurant with a unique and relaxing atmosphere. It was a great introduction to pottery, I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking for a creative activity. We will be back to try the food (which smelled delicious). Thank you!

Jessica Sichel Oct 2023

Me and my mum had a great morning learning how to use the pottery wheel and making lovely bowls with Mihaly. The space is beautiful and Mihaly is a great teacher, he creates a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommend if your looking to try out pottery or just looking to do something new!

Majura Uthayakanthan Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Lovely lesson, had greatest time with my partner here.

Got make three pieces and finally got hang of the wheel and making pieces.

We got paint and decorate it afterwards too.

Would definitely come again, and got visit the lovely restaurant that has pottery class.

Matt Fox Oct 2023

Such a lovely evening, great instructor would thoroughly recommend. Make sure you eat at the restaurant too, the food is delicious

James Darke Sep 2023

An amazing morning of pottery, Mihaky was a great teacher and wasted no time In getting stuck in and hands onwas very pleased with the five small pots I made and painted over around three hours.

Tiyasha Thakur Sep 2023

We had a great time at this class and Mihaly is a great teacher, and really good at his art! The class is in a beautiful setting in his Hungarian restaurant, and we even got to try a glass of wine! We painted and decorated our creations and can't wait to pick them up. Thanks again for a great night!

Sophia Self Sep 2023

This class was a surprise present for my mum. We had a great time in Mihaly's studio hidden at the back of a Hungarian restaurant. The class felt very personal as there was only 4 of us there, so for absolute beginners like us we felt like we had ample opportunity for some one-to-one teaching and were able to ask questions and for help freely. In our two hour class we were able to make 4 pots and were able to decorate them too! I cannot wait to pick up the final products once they are fired. There were plenty of tools to use and a potter's wheel each. This was a great experience and it has opened the door to commit to more lengthy pottery courses in the future. Me and my mum highly recommend!

Pottery class review by Sophia Self - London

Smaranda Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Absolutely lovely class with Mihal! It was our first time with pottery and he continuously guided us through the throwing process. The fact that every single participant had their own pottery wheel made it a great experience, since we didn't have to rush or stress about taking too long with each piece. It was a great experience and I would recommend it for a fun date!

Pottery Taster Class review by Smaranda - London

Matthew Brown Sep 2023

Fun informative class throwing and decorating pottery with a patient teacher in lovely environment - perfect for a special occasion

George Howard Sep 2023

Had a great time getting to grips with the fundamentals of throwing. Mihaly was a brilliant teacher. Made four pieces and painted / glazed them too. Will be back for more!

Pottery Taster Class review by George Howard - London

Thomas Kellett Jul 2023

I took my boyfriend to a private class for the two of us for his birthday. Neither of us had tried throwing before, but Mihaly explained everything so carefully, helping us improve through the lesson.
The classes take place at Mihaly's restaurant, so we stayed there for food afterwards and OMG, it was absolutely amazing! We're excited to go back to paint and glaze our creations + to enjoy a delicious meal again!
The space also has a lot of charm, beautifully decorated with lots of plants and bits of pottery everywhere, and everyone was nice and friendly.

Pottery class review by Thomas Kellett - London

Konstantin Shaposhnikov Jul 2023

I came to a taster lesson with my 5 years old daughter and even though she was shy at first she left really happy and proud after making a bowl and a vase. Mihaly was really patient and encouraging with her and guided her gently along the way. Highly recommended!

Louise Burgeman Jun 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Had an amazing couple of hours! A very motivating instructor and a delightfully quirky venue. An amazing experience

Charlotte Schapendonk Jun 2023

Had an absolutely lovely experience! Mihaly was great fun and very patient, giving a good idea of what the clay should feel like when you are working with it, and the workshop was in a beautiful cafe - would recommend to anyone and am looking forward to going back!

Anthony Sotiriou Jun 2023

What a great experience! Mihaly was great, a genuinley nice person, and a super teacher. He was extremley patient with my heavy handed approach to pottery! Highly recommended
My wife was impressed with his skills in creating pottery, jewellery, art work and running a restaurant

Viktoria Kember Jun 2023

The session was a great start to pottery, the teacher was very knowledgeable and helpful. I ended up making 5 beautiful items and would definitely do again.

Monique Salvador Jun 2023

Venue was easy to find. Teacher was calm and clear.
It was a surprise for my friend and he really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to come back and paint my masterpieces.

Pottery Taster Class review by Monique Salvador - London

Clare Perryman May 2023

We had a great experience and great taster session to pottery. Excellent gift idea for someone! Can't wait to see how they turn out :)

Milan Patel May 2023

Highly recommend booking this pottery class. Had an extremely fun time, Mihály was very entertaining and a great host! He had a lot of passion for teaching us properly and for the art.

We arrived late due to rail strikes, however we were given the time required to make the 5 objects as per the class and additionally the option to return to decorate the items when they were ready - for free.

Thank you for the enjoyable experience

Pottery class review by Milan Patel - London

Aida Kaffel Apr 2023

The teacher did a demo first while explaining all the steps and then I had the opportunity to practise while the teacher corrected and explained the reasons of each step
I managed to have 5 pieces prepared
The venue was great, in a calm area … I had the 10-12 slot on Tuesday which was great
I am coming back to do the glazing after the pieces are fired and so looking forward to it
It is 2 stops from London Bridge so fairly easy to get to

Pottery Taster Class review by Aida Kaffel - London

Rigu Rai Apr 2023

I recently attended a one-day pottery class with instructor By Mihaly Herczeg at 178 New cross gate, and I have to say it was a truly wonderful experience. What I loved about the class was the hands-on approach. We were each given our own clay and instructed to make a small bowl. Mihaly provided clear and concise instructions throughout the process and gave us tips on achieving the desired results.
Overall, I had a fantastic time and felt like I got my money's worth. The two hours flew by so quickly, and I left the class feeling accomplished and excited to continue exploring pottery. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in learning about pottery or looking for a fun and creative activity. Thank you, Mihaly, for such a wonderful experience!

Pottery class review by Rigu Rai - London

Tee Y Apr 2023

Enjoyable first session in a lovely Hungarian restaurant. Would love to go back and learn more.

Daniel Ahyauddin Apr 2023

Mihaly was a great teacher. He explained how to do it clearly. We thoroughly enjoyed his lesson and would love to be back. Thank you, Mihaly!

Pottery Taster Class review by Daniel Ahyauddin - London

Sophie Delamothe Apr 2023

Great teacher in a really fun venue, Mihaly was a really supportive teacher who made the experience fun whilst also challenging. Really happy with the results and can’t wait to go back to glaze my 5! Bowls

Pottery Taster Class review by Sophie Delamothe - London

Chris Orange Apr 2023

Went for my girlfriends birthday and we both had a great time. Teacher was very good, patient and fun at the same time. We both improved so much in the time and managed to make 6 pieces which we can paint and collect in a few weeks so something more to look forward to.

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