We are sorry that during the pandemic all classes are currently suspended

For PRICES, DATES and DETAILS of our current programmes please click on either of the following links: WEEKLY CLASSES and ONE DAY WEEKEND CLASSESFran Tristram's stoneware range: colanders

We also provide tailor made group and individual art workshops for a wide variety of events and client groups.

Fran Tristram established Lady Bay Pottery here at her Seymour Road home in 1992.

Fran’s own work is largely functional wheel-thrown domestic stoneware, as well as some more contemplative pieces of low-fired burnished and smoked pottery.   In 1995 Fran’s book ‘Single Firing: the Pros and Cons’ was published by A&C Black as part of their Potters’ Handbooks series.

Having made her living for 15 years as a full-time maker selling pots at specialist events and galleries around the country Fran decided that she spent more time than was good for her alone in a shed!

Fran Tristram's burnished & smoked range: large bottleTeaching has always been an important component of Fran’s activity and during 2008 Fran and her husband Rod Bailey began the rebuilding and refitting work necessary to change their main focus to providing their range of art classes together as Seymour Road Studios from April 2009 (Rod has since taken a well-earned retirement from teaching.)

Students will find a relaxed and friendly environment in all our classes where we take a maximum number of 8 students at any one time.  Our small class sizes make it possible to support the development and progress of each student at their own pace so we can welcome complete beginners as well as more advanced students.

Students in Fran’s regular pottery classes will learn to master all the hand-building techniques making pots by pinching, coiling and slab-building.

Decoration techniques using texture, slips (liquid clay mixed with stains and colouring oxides), oxides, glazes are all introduced. Please note that the only one of the dozen or so pretty earthenware (1040C) glazes currently available in the studio has been tested as food safe is our clear transparent.  All other glazes are adaptations of this commercially produced glaze, using additions of metal oxides and other materials for colour and opacity.  Please not also that, due to the low firing temperature and the pretty crackle effect in the glaze, they remain a little porous, so should not be placed directly on fine polished furniture if used to contain liquids.

Please note that we do not teach throwing on the wheel in group classes.   Throwing is such an intense activity that it is difficult to give meaningful tuition as part of a group session, so we offer instead tailor made private one-to-one sessions which can be individually booked at a time to suit you.  

NB  Please be sure to collect your pots at the appropriate time.  We regret that pots left in the workshop for more than 3 months will be disposed of as we do not have space for unlimited storage.

Please enjoy looking through the colourful gallery (below) of some example images of students’ work produced in our classes.

Do please also like our Seymour Road Studios Facebook page and enjoy our sharing of a variety of pottery, arts and cultural themed posts  as well as occasional news and photos.