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Make your own beautiful ceramic art at our studio in Brighton

Why choose us?

 

We run weekly pottery classes from our lovely loft studio. They are divided into 6-week terms, and our courses are suitable for total beginners as well as those with more experience. 

We have small class sizes (no more than 7 students), which allows our experienced tutors to give you lots of individual attention. Our students produce high-quality work that they (and we) feel genuinely proud of.  

The courses are focused on hand-building techniques, but all students will get the opportunity to book an optional extra throwing session on the pottery wheel if they wish.

We've timed all our courses so that there's free on-street parking available. 

Why choose us?

What is hand-building?

 

Hand-building offers complete flexibility - you can make something square, round, tall, chicken-shaped, or something that will exactly fit that space on your wall you've always wanted to decorate... 

On our hand-building courses you will be taught the core techniques of coiling, pinch pots and soft and hard slabs. Master these skills and you can literally make anything you want to out of clay. 

We know that when many people think 'pottery' they think of throwing on the wheel, and it looks really satisfying and fun. Which of course it is! But it really is only one (quite tricky) aspect of pottery.

 

In some ways it's a bit like driving; it's true that everyone can do it, but there's a knack and a feel, and while some people might learn quicker than others, everyone still needs hours of practice before they can do anything useful. 

Have a look at this slide show to see images of the incredible hand-built work created by our students, and you will get an idea of the scope that these techniques can bring. 

Gallery of hand-built student work

What is hand-building?

Course content

 

If you are a beginner, or are not confident to work more independently yet, we will take you through projects which will introduce you to the fundamental principles of hand-building. You will still have flexibility to make what you want and develop your own style.

 

You'll also get the opportunity to experiment with a range of glazes and decoration techniques. We can show you how to sgrafitto, underglaze, use textures and carving, as well as introduce you to our huge range of brush-on glazes. The possibilities are endless!

If you have some pottery experience already, then you can bring ideas for projects you would like to make, and we will support you to make them come to life! You can get some inspiration from our student gallery here

Course Content

Throwing on the wheel

 

Though we are confident that you will become a hand-building convert, we know that you might also like to try the wheel out too.

Therefore, if you do fancy getting mucky and having a go at throwing, there is the opportunity to extend your course and add an optional extra throwing session on the 7th week. 

This 2.5 hour session will run at the same time as your normal class, and you and another student will share a wheel and have the opportunity to try throwing and learn from each other's mistakes! 

The extra class costs £40 for 2.5 hours (a big discount on our normal throwing workshops), and if you get the throwing bug we can talk to you about having further tuition, and practice in our open studio. 

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Catch-up classes


You can re-book one unsupervised make-up session per term if you miss a class for any reason. These will be available during the times of another class (where space allows), or on a Tuesday or Thursday evening. 

If you have unfinished projects at the end of the course, but don't want to sign up to another course, then open studio sessions can be booked (at £10 per hour) to allow you to finish projects off.

  

Catch up Classes

November/December 2023

MONDAY EVENINGS - SOLD OUT

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Time: 7.15 - 9.30pm

Dates: 6th, 13th. 20th, 27th November, 4th, 11th December

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS - SOLD OUT

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Time: 7.15 - 9.30pm

Dates: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th. 13th December

FRIDAY LUNCHTIMES
Time: 12 - 2.15pm

Dates: 10th, 17th, 24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th December

SATURDAY MORNINGS
Time: 10am - 12.15pm

Dates: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th November, 2nd, 9th December

January/ February 2024

MONDAY LUNCHTIMES

Time: 12 - 2.15pm

Dates: 8th. 15th, 22nd, 29th January, 5th, 12th February

MONDAY EVENINGS

Time: 7.15 - 9.30pm

Dates: 8th. 15th, 22nd, 29th January, 5th, 12th February

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
Time: 7.15 - 9.30pm

Dates: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st January, 7th, 14th February

SATURDAY MORNINGS
Time: 10am - 12.15pm

Dates6th, 13th, 20th, 27th January, 3rd. 10th February

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Cost

Booking

 

Demand for the classes is high and spaces are limited to only 7 people per class, so book up soon to secure a place.

Payment online in full is preferred, but if you would like to discuss paying in two instalments, please email us as we are happy to consider this. 

If you have any questions you can email contact@hotfoxpottery.com, or call Alice on 07733 028434.

Booking

Cost

£230 for 6 weeks

This price includes use of clay, a range of glazes, underglazes and slips. We allow one cach-up session if you miss a class.

Firing costs are charged at 85p per 100g of fired, finished work. (On average people pay £10 - 20, depending on what they make.)

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