The Farmer’s Arms Pottery School



Sat. 2nd October, 10am - 4pm
Sat. 6th November, 10am - 4pm
Sat. 4th December, 10am - 4pm
Sat. 8th January, 10am - 4pm 


Places £240.00 including all materials, firing & refreshments


About the School


This once-a-month pottery school hosted on the first Saturday of each month (October to January), will take place in the The Farmer’s Arms pottery just next door to The Stable Bar for an after school tipple! 

Taught by Grizedale Arts Director, Adam Sutherland, this four-part course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction to ceramics covering all the basics from clay to kiln. Over each session, students will be guided through a range of techniques including building, finishing, decorating and firing.


Session 1: Clay, 2 October 10am – 4pm
In this introductory class, students will learn a variety of processes from hand building to throwing on a potter’s wheel. Each student will receive one-on-one tuition on the potter’s wheel over the course of the day.

Session 2: Clay (the sequel), 6 November 10am – 4pm
A continuation of session 1, this class is dedicated to the finishing of ceramic items and other processes of making.

Session 3: Decoration, 4 December 10am – 4pm
Students learn the fundamentals of decoration through a number of slip processes and techniques, including inlay, resist, trailing and more.

Session 4: Glazing and Firing, 8 January 10am – 4pm
In the final session, students experiment with all manner of glazes, working with majolica, oxides and enamels to produce fantastic effects in the kiln.

You will learn in a small group of up to 8 students to allow plenty of chances to ask questions. Each session runs from 10am - 4pm with tea, coffee and cake provided for the morning and afternoon breaks. Please bring your own lunch.

Places are limited to 8 people to ensure all participants get enough time with the tutor and space to learn at their own pace. Advanced booking is essential - Book Here.


About the Tutor:

Rejecting the traditional desk bound role of the director / curator, Adam Sutherland makes time for production within his working week. He has made ceramics for installations by Laure Prouvost and prototyped many of the craft initiatives for which Grizedale Arts has become known in the last decade. Most recently, he’s been making the crockery for The Farmer’s Arms Stable Bar.