Taster Pottery Making Workshop

Learn how to make your own handmade pottery at this South London class!

2 hours - 3 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 8 to 10

label £40 - £60 (Earlybird price of £40 applies if you book into a public session 10+ days ahead; price varies across dates)

Are you searching for relaxed and calming activities in London, away from a hectic city lifestyle? Unwind and release your creativity by joining a pottery making workshop in Deptford!

Beginners are welcome to this London pottery class. You'll receive plenty of support from your teacher as you transform clay into handmade pottery pieces. Your local teacher will guide you through hand-building techniques using coils and slabs. You'll also get to try wheel throwing!

No matter your experience level, whether you're a novice or an experienced clay artist, this workshop provides an excellent opportunity to relax in a beautiful London pottery studio and explore your creative side.

After the session, your pottery will be taken to be fired and glazed and will be available for collection after three weeks. You can then showcase your beautiful pieces at home or gift them to your loved ones!

Please note:

  • This workshop is only for age 11 or above.
  • Your finished pieces will be fired and glazed, ready to collect 4 weeks after the class.
  • Please come 5 Minutes prior to the start of the class, as this will allow you to sign in and not miss any demo.
  • A materials fee of £5 per piece of pottery is not included in the class price and is payable on the day of your workshop with cash or bank transfer.
  • Pieces are ready around 4 weeks after the class, please pick them up as they will be kept in storage for up to one month. If not collected in time they may be disposed of.
  • Please note; there is no air conditioning in the studio, so please bring water and dress for the heat!

*** Please note that due to the nature of clay, results may differ from expectation, including but not limited to:
  • Glaze may vary from examples and are for reference only
  • Texture created may not shown in the final result
  • Pots will appear smaller from what you created from class, since clay have a 15% shrinkage
  • Pots may not be completely cleaned and may have small lumps of clay
  • Pots may be cracked or exploded

 We try our best to mitigate this problem but these are inevitable. Unfortunately, the class is non-refundable and we are only able to reimburse you if your work exploded.

Save £5 per guest, when you book 10+ days before a class

Knowledge required
Beginner friendly
What you'll get
Clay, aprons and tools will all 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 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 11 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

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


2 Harton Street, Deptford,SE8 4 DQ

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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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Filip Niewiadomski Dec 2023

Fun and engaging taster class, left me wanting more! The teachers were patient and super helpful, which helped me make something I'd really love to have in our home.

Georgie Hannan Dec 2023

Really great class. The teacher was fantastic, explained everything really well and was very helpful. Had so much fun would recommend to anyone!

Ashley Maynard-Brewer Dec 2023

Such a great class! I brought this for my girlfriend and I & we both loved it. Great teachers, would highly recommend for a fun, creative day!

Anonymised ClassBento student Nov 2023

Nam was a great teacher, very patient and knowledgeable and fun! We were all absolute beginners and ended up creating pots we were happy with.

The venue was great, felt right at home in the studio :D great music too!

We were given everything we needed, including aprons!

The experience was awesome and we all had a great time! We were all converts and ready to go and throw some more straight after.

Jennifer McKenzie-Brown Nov 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed my taster pottery class with Nam! It has really inspired me to pursue pottery further despite not being very good at it! Haha. Nam was very friendly and helpful throughout the class. My only negative is that I would have also liked to have done pottery making off of the wheel, as you can create more intricate, imaginative designs. Also, I thought that one piece of pottery could be fired and coloured free of charge and that it was included in the pretty pricey cost of the class. But overall I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in learning more about pottery making!

Katrina Harris Nov 2023

This class was absolutely brilliant! We were expectedly guided through how to throw pottery on the wheel in really easy steps and everyone created something they were proud of. Nam is an excellent teacher and good fun. Lovely studio and perfect for all experience levels. We didn't feel rushed and we were able to do as much pottery as we could in the time slot. Looking forward to my next session.

Isabella Pepe Nov 2023

Good pace, great teaching style
Really enjoyed the class and learned something new!
Looking forward to coming back

Saskia Oroyemi Nov 2023

Great experience! The teacher was really authentic and , really inspired me to continue with pottery. I booked this class for my partner’s birthday and he had a great time too. Really happy we have some physical mementos as well

Pottery class review by Saskia Oroyemi - London

Octavia Grove Nov 2023

The teacher was incredible, so informative and supportive whilst maintaining a very relaxed vibe for the class. I was really impressed with the scope of the teaching and will definitely be recommending it to friends/family and looking into joining their 6-week course.

Alex Tagg Nov 2023

Amazing! Great teacher and really great studio . Would highly recommend - such a nice day out

Patchi Claudino Nov 2023

My partner and I had the best time!

Nam and Susie are super talented and passionate about their work as ceramicists and educators.

Nam was our instructor and he’s an excellent teacher! Very engaging, attentive and encouraging. The instructions are clear and make success achievable.

They provide plenty of clay and time to practice and make various pieces. We ended up having 3 glazed (each)!

The studio is spacious and bright and has a great community feel with other lessons going on and members doing their own thing. Great vibe.

This was my second workshop with Cernamic, this time at their new studio. I did one last year with my cousin and it was just as good.

I couldn’t recommend it more!

Thank you, Cernamic! ????

Meghana Nov 2023

Amazing experience I would recommend to anyone! Nam was such an engaging and encouraging teacher and he made the whole experience so fun and relaxing. I did the taster glass as a complete beginner and after two hours I was throwing and shaping independently and had made 3 pieces of pottery! Very reasonably priced and I would do it all over again. This was a birthday activity for me and Nam even threw in a free piece of pottery he had made as a little gift. 10/10.

Alessandra Oyebola Nov 2023

Myself and my partner had an amazing time at the class. The teacher is very experienced and extremely patient. It’s very therapeutic. Will definitely recommend

Richard Oct 2023

Fantastic Class! really well planned, easy to follow and thoroughly enyjoyable! Nam is such a great guy and his experience of 20 years made it really easy for me to follow the basic steps quite quickly
Enjoyed whole experience from start to finish!

Zoe Innerarity Oct 2023

I decided to organise a pottery session for my friends and I for my birthday last week and honestly we all honestly had the best time! The teacher(Nam) created a relaxed and transparent environment. Perfect session if you are a beginner as well! I hope to come back very very soon

Manola Martinelli Oct 2023

Nam was great! He went through all the process from start to finish,explaining every detail, giving tips and helping each single person in the group throughout the whole experience. We have been given 3 chances on the wheel, making whatever we wanted plus another 45 mins to make something (with more clay!) by hand, decorating,personalising etc.
You don't get to paint your final work, but whatever you choose to keep,they'll glaze it for you (either blue or transparent) for an extra £5. A great experience, 3 hours of learning new things, relaxing and enjoy a very calm and friendly environment. Highly recommended

Yanyang Chen Oct 2023

Very good teachers and assistants. Big fan of bertie the dog. Woof woof woof woof

Jude Jesse Imoh-Ita Oct 2023

Great teacher great atmosphere great lesson - I like Pokémon

Thank you again and we look forward to picking up our creations

Mahera Sep 2023

The class was great- had lots of time and freedom to work on stuff, as well as receiving extra help when we wanted it. Amy was super lovely and her instructions and explanations were very helpful and easy to understand. She also was just great to chat to in general.

The studio itself is lovely, easy to get to from the train station. Also seeing other pottery works and other classes set up was really cool. Everyone was super friendly.

Nathalie Naffi Aug 2023

Great teachers; helpful , patient and made the class fun! Had taken my kids (12 and 15Y) and we all found the whole experience very enjoyable for a beginner’s class

Christine Aug 2023

Great step-by-step instructions for a beginner and lots of fun using the wheel.

Pottery class review by Christine - London

Lynn Seehasuth Aug 2023

Amy was an amazing teacher! I really liked her teaching style and went through everything in great detail. It shows in my pottery because I created some beautiful items which I wouldn’t have been able to have done without listening to her!

Char Amory Jul 2023

Great experience. Our teacher (sorry cant remember her name) was fantastic! really lovely and knowledgeable. The venue was ideal and materials were provided.

really lovely day :)

Maria Jomy Jul 2023

We really enjoyed the class! Meg was a great teacher who was always around to support

Marina Bianchi Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Well explained step by step instructions focusing on using the wheel, sufficient one on one time to ensure pottery pieces are a success and worrh taking home. Lovely instructor

Jocelyn Jul 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

It was my second time having the taster lesson at Cernamic. Nam made the wheel throwing very easy to understand. All of the tutors there are very helpful. I also love the vibe there, we had lots of fun. I will recommend it to all of my friends who are interested in pottery making

Pottery class review by Jocelyn  - London

Mithusa Pirabakaran Jun 2023

It was the first time going to an event like this with my sister and I am absolutely thrilled! The teachers were very kind and helped all of us make our creations better. They were so lovely and shared many tips and tricks throughout the lesson. Highly recommend going with your friends, family or even solo :)

Alan Duffy Jun 2023

Really good fun. Very great feedback from the teachers. Would definitely do it again. Thanks again

Kayley Jun 2023

Had a great time, Amy and Mae were brilliant. They explained everything clearly and there was a great demonstration at the beginning of the class. All 8 people in our group managed to create pieces we wanted to bring home.

Taster Pottery Making Workshop review by Kayley  - London

Caroline Daw Jun 2023

Really clear instructions and direction. Amy and Mae were very patient and helpful. The 8 of us had a great time and were really happy with the pieces we made. I for one will definitely be back for another class.

Nataliya Flaster Jun 2023

The whole experience was great, excellent teacher with love for pottery and loads of help from her during the lesson. Highly recommend for anyone to explore one's abilities.

Elisa Pulido Jun 2023

I really enjoyed the workshop, very straightforward but with all the information you need to make a start with the wheel. I liked how the course is structured and Megan was lovely, helpful and supportive.

Jess Pead Jun 2023

We really enjoyed the class, the teacher Amy was really good at explaining the process and assisting along the way. The 2 hours flew by and great to have the option to get our creations glazed! Highly recommend

Dolly Bartlett Jun 2023

Teacher was brilliant. Class was excellent.
Good facilities except toilet needed a good bleach.
Would have been helpful to know in advance i needed to pay for pots as i did not realise and had no cash at the time.
Good location and building.
Overall a great experience.

Felicia Soon Jun 2023

Teacher was very patient and encouraging! Love that there was a lot of attention and details.

Taster Pottery Making Workshop review by Felicia Soon - London

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