A group of clay pots in white, pink and brown, seen from above. Detail of a green glazed coil plate A decorative tile with applied wave shapes

Tarka Pottery in North Devon is an exciting and inspiring clay experience studio. Located in a peaceful, rural setting with fantastic views, at Tarka Pottery you can join a pottery class, have a potter's wheel experience or bring the family along to have fun with clay. We also offer lessons in throwing, parties for birthdays and hens or you can just unwind and paint pottery. Our activities are suitable whether you are a total beginner or have some experience with clay.

Our approach is relaxed and informal, with an emphasis on having fun and being creative with clay in a friendly, enjoyable way.  The studio is family run by Jax Williams, with regular assistance by other enthusiastic staff who are trained to make your visit fun and enjoyable.

If you like animals, you are welcome to meet our Shetland ponies, alpacas and other animals after your session.

Our Potter - Jax WilliamsThe Williams Family, with their dog Roxie

Jax first began working with clay at school where she studied to A level.  Following this Jax has studied ceramics at foundation degree level at Petroc College in Barnstaple and attends regular master classes and workshops to develop her skills and knowledge.  Since moving to North Devon in April 2006, Jax has become well known for running workshops, classes and supporting local events in the area with a varied and interactive array of pottery projects. 

At Tarka Pottery, Jax has developed a unique Potter's Wheel Experience to give everyone the chance to enjoy the wonderfully tactile world of clay.

Visit Tarka Pottery

You may have heard of Henry Williamson’s novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ which is well known around the world and based in North Devon featuring the Torridge and Taw Rivers.  Williamson was inspired to write this book, which begins and ends in Torrington, after supposedly finding and adopting an abandoned otter cub, which he name ‘Tarka’. 

The Torridge River meanders at the bottom of the hill that leads up to Little Torrington.  Naming our studio Tarka Pottery seemed an apt name to acknowledge the literary history of the area.

Stay at Glebe Farm Cottage

You can enjoy a pottery retreat at Glebe Farm Cottage. Jax, David, Kate and Beth run a two bedroom holiday cottage, Glebe Farm Cottage, on site, offering a high standard of accommodation for an enjoyable holiday or short break. Families can join in with our animal feeding routine. Take a look around the cottage website here.

Jax offers TARKA POTTERY BREAKS combining a 2 or 3 nights stay in our cottage with a tailored pottery programme to suit your interests and level of pottery experience.  Please ask for more information.