Adult Pottery Classes
Weekly pottery classes for adults in North Devon
A term-time activity for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Suitable for total beginners or those with some experience of clay.
For one-off experiences please take a look here.
Tarka Pottery weekly classes are available for everyone aged 18 or over. It’s a chance to unwind in a friendly and relaxed environment where you can learn new skills, or practice and refresh old ones.
Everyone works at their own pace in the class so beginners are very welcome, as are experienced potters.
Everyone has to start somewhere and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll improve!
Full courses are either 5 or 10 weeks long.
What do you do in a class?
Students who come to a Tarka Pottery class will be walked through each stage of the process of making their first projects, from how to prepare your clay, through to glazing your bisque-fired item.
Making things with clay is a multi-step process. At first, you will build things with clay using traditional techniques. Your projects dry to ‘leather hard’, at which time you can finish your decoration in another session.
At another class, you can try your hand on a potter’s wheel. We will teach you how to centre your clay so that you can make stable walls and viable projects for firing. If you have previous experience and know you only want to throw or only want to hand-build, just let us know in advance.
Projects are bisque fired when they are bone dry (usually after a few days). The kilns are stacked and emptied by our team.
After bisque firing, the clay body is still porous, and able to absorb water so glaze dries quickly. We have a selection of glazes which you can choose from or you can buy your own.
After the glaze firing, you can then take your creations home!
“The pottery classes are the highlight of my week! Jax is so encouraging and helpful, a thoroughly enjoyable class.” – Helen
Need to know
- A small charge is made towards the cost of materials and firing
- Bring an apron, hand towel and basic tools
- A bag of clay is included at your first session, after which you buy your own – on-site at affordable prices
Joining a class
You can buy classes as a gift voucher for a friend or family member or book for yourself.
To book yourself onto a 5 or 10-week course, make an enquiry below letting us know your experience level and your preference for day or evening classes.
If you’re looking for flexibility on dates and times to come to the studio, take a look at our open studio membership.