Self-guided Hand Building Pottery Workshop

Practice your pottery making skills with this creative London workshop.

3 hours Class size 1 on 1     label £45

Are you a pottery lover looking for some hands-on experience with your favourite activity? Join this self-guided pottery workshop where you have free reign to explore whatever you want in the world of hand-building.

While this is no demonstrations or teaching in this class, you are not alone. There will be an experienced and friendly potter on hand to give you advice and show you around the pottery studio when you need certain tools.

You will need to have some hand-building experience in order to fully take advantage of this freeform style of pottery class. Skills such as slab building, pinching and coiling are helpful, but this is also a great way to get to know clay better.

Hand-building is a very sensory and tactile experience that is relaxing and enjoyable. It also has so many uses for all your handmade pottery needs. All expert potters will use these skills to add spouts, handles or other attachments.

Experiment with our great selection of moulds and make bowls or plates. Give decorative slip work a go or you could even try glazing! With three hours on offer and up to 2kg of clay, you and your imagination can try so many new things.

Two of your favourite places will be glazed and fired by us at no extra cost before they're ready for collection. Or you can book another session and glaze it yourself with our choice of ten glazes.

By the end of this creative London activity, you will feel so much closer to the world of clay making and have two amazing pieces for you to treasure.

Please note

  • We hold onto your piece for up to one month. Unfortunately, due to limited storage space, work that remains uncollected after this month will be disposed of.
  • Please talk to your teacher about possible collection times.

Add-on available for this class
  • Extra pot (£8)
You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge required
This is a practice session and is, therefore, self-guided. You will need basic hand-building skills.
What you'll get
  • Your two best pots to keep! Your teacher will fire and glaze them in the studio for you. Alternatively, you can book another session and glaze the work yourself.
What to bring
An apron.

Sak Beh Studio Pottery is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines. They won't run this class if they've had a continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, in the last 14 days.

See additional precautions taken   

All our teachers have been double vaccinated. The pottery is sanitised before and after a class. Throwing Wheels are spaced 5+ feet apart. Sanitiser is available as well as antibacterial soap. Before every class the studio is ventilated by opening doors and windows. We keep a window open throughout the class.

3 Garnham Street, London, N16 7JA, England

Your teacher
Sak Beh Studio Pottery
Sak Beh Studio Pottery

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Sak Beh Studio Pottery was founded by Tessa Robinson, who lives and works in London. Her idea was to create a comfortable, homey place to work and be creative. Situated in a very busy and central location, just off Stoke Newington High Street, the studio is a drop of calm in a very fast moving world.

Tessa trained in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture (modelling in clay). On completion of a three year Post Graduate Course at the Royal Academy of Arts, Tessa set up a studio in Hackney. The transition from sculptor to potter came many years later whilst doing doctoral research in Maya archaeology at UCL. Inspired by Maya ceramic art, and in particular the pots which combined sculpted and painted imagery, Tessa moved from research back to making. After attending courses in pottery and taking up a membership at a London pottery studio, she set up Sak Beh Pottery and is now a full-time potter and maker.

Tessa's works are informed by both her Fine Art training and her research into Ancient Maya ceramic art. The phrase 'Sak Beh' can be found on Ancient Maya monuments where it refers to the Milky Way as an ancestral path or road as well as the physical roads which connect people to places. In keeping with its namesake, Sak Beh Pottery is envisaged as a place for community interaction within the context of a creative journey.

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