St Ives Pottery

Hello, at this time we are currently unable to take any bookings, we are working on plans to start again as soon as we safely can and look forward to welcoming people back. More details in our News.

Welcome to St. Ives Pottery. Set inside RAAR Emporium, our ceramic studio is easily accessible in central St. Ives. You can have the experience of throwing on a electric wheel; beginners and skilled people are welcome.

Our classes are run by Angela, an experienced ceramicist for more than 20 years. Class sizes are kept small to ensure you receive quality tuition. Sessions range from one-to-one lessons to groups and parties.

We have one vintage electric potters wheel and a small area for others to sit and watch/learn.

Whatever you create you can take home wet and let it air-dry (1-2 weeks), then paint and varnish it. Kiln firing options are available for any masterpieces created at an extra cost.

About St. Ives Pottery

St Ives has been famous for both its art and crafts for many years. Its connection to Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, whose studio you can still visit, is well known, and the legacy of Bernard Leach’s time here is modern studio pottery. St. Ives is full of amazing crafts people and galleries.

Rather than just experiencing the art you can have a go at making your own! Now you can become a ‘St Ives Artist’ yourself by having a pottery wheel throwing session with us. Like all the best studios it is slightly hidden away inside RAAR Emporium in the creative heart of St Ives. St Ives resident Angela Roberts will help any skill level and age to create a pot on the electric wheel. 

Angela is a multi-talented crafter and a trained ceramicist. She has been teaching others since she was 18 and loves anything to do with pottery. Now with her own pottery in place she is starting to work on her own creations as well as offering others a wheel throwing experience.

Prices and booking

During these strange times we have had to alter our lesson plans and reduce the amount we can offer. For the time being we only have very limited evening 1 hour lessons for £50. Any previous bookings or gift vouchers still stand as they are.

This new lesson format will be a flexible learning-to-throw session tailored to your skill level.

The lesson can be split between you and a partner or members of your own household only, up to a maximum of 4 people. Currently no spectators or people not participating are allowed. 

Our pottery experience is a great way to try wheel-throwing and we cater for all skills levels and all ages.

As the lessons take place indoors we require all participants to wear a face covering while attending, if you are not comfortable doing so please wait until the pandemic is over and book then.

We are also looking at other ways to provide more experiences and will update the website when we can. 

New format:

Private evening sessions, limited availability, pre-book a slot (no drop-ins) for up to 1 month in advance. If you require a date further ahead, please give us your preferred date and contact details and we will get in touch nearer the time. We will be constantly reviewing the situation and what we can offer, taking into account advice and world events.

Lesson type:

Our new offering will be private lessons in the evenings, 1 hour at £50. 

The new lesson format would be a flexible learning-to-throw session tailored to your skill level. 

The length is 1 hour, which you can split between you and a partner or members of your household only, up to a maximum of 4 people. The cost is a fixed £50 per session.

Gift Vouchers:

If you already have a gift voucher please contact us and we can prioritise your session. 

Kiln-firing options:

Bisque-firing only £3 per pot.

Glazing: If you create a masterpiece that you want glazed we can do this for you. Choose between three colours and it costs £8 per pot. It takes around 6 weeks and includes the bisque-firing, glaze application and second glaze-firing.

We can post them if required at a further cost of £5 in the UK.

Safety information:

We are trying to keep ourselves and our customers as safe as possible, therefore:

We will require customers to wear face masks at all times and the floor will be taped into zones.

We will provide a towel, apron and washing facilities solely for your use.

Card payment is preferred.

We will clean down the workshop in between customers.

Contact us:

Please use the enquiry/booking form to get in touch and we can offer you some upcoming dates over the next month and book you in for a private evening session. 

We do not take payment until after the session so if you do need to cancel at all it will not cost you anything. Please also follow all the current government guidance, and if you have to cancel for any reason, do let us know in advance. Unfortunately we may also have to cancel lessons at short notice if guidelines change but will do everything we can not to.

Thank you to everyone for the continued support and interest. Creating pots can be a great experience for many people and we hope by starting up again slowly we can bring a bit of joy and fun to people.

We have also been working on other plans and options which we hope to be able to share with everyone soon.

Enquiries

To book yourself in for a pottery wheel-throwing experience or for further enquiries please use the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can (when we are not covered in clay!).

We look forward to meeting you.