Tailor-made one-to-one and group classes

Designed and timed just for you or your group …. or give a gift voucher as the perfect present for someone special!

Fran Tristram can provide tailor made group and individual pottery workshops for a wide variety of events and client groups, from team training  to hen parties and family celebrations, from talented teens to children’s projects to supporting undergraduates, as well as working with children and adults with a wide variety of particular needs.

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Workshops generally take place here in our own small studios but these may not meet the needs of all – please read our studio practicalities page before booking.  We can also work in a venue of your choosing (eg for larger groups or groups whose needs cannot be met in our studios).  You will find guidelines to our charges below.

NB for all privately arranged pottery activities, a first or biscuit firing of pots is usually included in the quoted price for one-off pottery workshops.  Glazing and re-firing where required will incur an extra cost and generally either an extra session booked for participants to carry this out in their choice of glazes or Fran may be booked to glaze on the group’s behalf, usually in one pre-chosen glaze for all the group.

Clients should usually arrange collection of pottery from the studios after firing (please note that pots left in the workshop for more than 3 months after firing will be disposed of as unfortunately we have very limited storage space)

One-to-one private tuition:
Treat yourself or someone you love to some one-to-one or one-to-two tuition – we can design a session around your own particular interest and level and have a lot of fun focusing on your own personal choice of activity and learning.

Sometimes it can be really useful to have a number of intensive one-to-one sessions  to tackle an area of particular personal interest or to work on something not normally covered in the group classes (eg throwing on the wheel in pottery).  These sessions will be entirely focussed on your own particular needs and skills.

One to one tuition is priced at £35 per hour, and one-to-two tuition at £54 per hour (ie £27 pp) – this includes basic materials and processes including a first biscuit firing – prices may vary where more specialist materials, processes or other preparatory or after-work may be involved, and glazing and re-firing of work will also incur an extra cost .  We suggest sessions of at least 2 hours in order to get the best from your workshop.

One or more sessions of private tuition can be a really special gift – let us know if you would like to buy a gift voucher and the lucky recipient can contact us to arrange a time to suit them.

Tailor-made group classes:
If you would like to have your own special group pottery event
we can also tailor-make a one-off session or course of sessions especially for you here at our own workshop.  We usually take up to a maximum of 8 people but for some simple workshop activities we may sometimes be able to manage up to 14 spread between two connected spaces. We can also work with larger groups at an alternative venue of your choosing.

We are very happy to suggest or discuss ideas for a theme or project for your sessions – a day of creative fun can be a great way to celebrate a special event such as family anniversaries and birthdays and is a wonderful alternative activity for a hen or stag do or as a team-building day for a group of work colleagues .  While most groups choose a project where each individual makes their own pot to take away you may also like to consider choosing to work on a collaborative piece to which each participant contributes a unique element representing something personal to themselves or to their relationship with the group.  If you like the idea of a collaborative piece we can suggest some ideas which we know work well.

You may book us for half a day, whole day, weekend or any period of time usually measured in half day units.  The current price per head for such activities is from £35 per person per half day (a half day is usually up to 2.5 hrs teaching time) and includes all standard materials and a single ‘biscuit’ firing – prices may vary if we need to do a lot of preparatory or after-work (such as glazing and refiring for eg) or if more expensive specialist materials are required or if the group want something outside our usual provision to personalise their event.

The minimum cost for privately arranged group events at our workshop is equivalent to 6 people / £210 per half day – additional prepping and travel costs may be charged for working in other venues.  Arrangements for venue hire where required should be managed by the client.

Please contact us to chat about what you have in mind.

Children’s sessions:
In our studios we can offer one-to-one and group pottery sessions for up to 6 children with at least one accompanying responsible adult helper for every 1-3 children (ie for a group of 4-6 children we would require two accompanying supervisory adult helpers).

Children’s one-to-one sessions in our workshop cost from £35 per child per hour or group sessions for up to 6 children may be arranged at a cost of £210 for a 2 hour session.  We can cater for larger groups in a venue of your choosing, but always require a ratio of at least one supervisory adult helper to three children.  Children’s sessions at other venues will be priced separately.

We enjoy and have wide experience of working with children and find that children will get the most out of the sessions where the accompanying adults engage fully in supporting the children’s work and take responsibility for any pastoral and behavioural needs.  Our studios are designed for professional level art activities and therefore contain tools, materials and equipment which may be dangerous – parents should come in person to assess the safety of the environment and discuss any concerns with us prior to booking any event.

Please contact us to chat about what you have in mind.

NB  We regret that work left in the studios for more than 3 months will be disposed of as we do not have space for unlimited storage.