Pottery has been the cornerstone of our crafts programme for more than forty years, and our facilities are amongst the best and most popular in the county. We run more than 16 participatory workshops every week, providing tutored opportunities for complete beginners, afterschool and holiday sessions for children and teens, and a class for adults with disabilities. We also offer untutored sessions for experienced ceramicists.
Click here to discover all of our weekly pottery classes.
The QPAC Pottery has hosted masterclasses from world-renowned potters such as John Leach, Chris Bramble and Siddig El’nigoumi. ‘Great Pottery Throwdown’ judge Kate Malone welcomed QPAC for a private viewing and talk during her residency at Waddesdon Manor, and exhibited in our gallery shop Artisan. Throwdown contestants Elaine Wells and Freya Bramble have led workshops with us. Freya’s masterclass alongside her father Chris can be watched in full above.
Our pottery department is overseen by experienced ceramicist Charlie Butters, who not only specialises in throwing, but also enjoys developing new glazes and promoting the Centre’s facilities and opportunities through regular workshops. The department is supported by a loyal team of longstanding experienced tutors.
We run creative pottery parties for childrens and adults birthdays, hen and stag dos, work socials and more in our ceramics department.
Each party includes a 2 hour studio session with a ceramics tutor, involving demos and guidance to make your very own pieces of work. What you make will be graded to age and ability, and can include sculpture, hand-built kitchenware and more. Working with the clay is also a lovely, relaxing thing to do!
Your pottery will be fired in our kilns here at the centre and available to collect from around two weeks after the session, we will let you know when they are ready.
Our parties are for groups of 6 people minimum. For children’s parties, there is a maximum of 9 children including the birthday child.
The price is £30 per person, the fee includes all costs, tools, clay and the other materials you need. Please wear comfy, casual clothes.
Parties are welcome to bring food and refreshments to eat in the centre cafe afterwards. Our café also serves hot drinks, cakes and crisps.
Please contact Ellie on firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking or enquiry.
“Everyone had a really great time. [The tutor] was fantastic – knowledgeable, helpful and brilliant with the kids. Everyone at the centre was really lovely and helpful and it made the day easier”