Arts & Culture Experience
Get hands on at Honeybourne Pottery, where individuals and groups are welcome to try pottery at one of their workshops. The family-run business provides a warm welcome for visitors, who will receive expert tuition.
Established in 2001, Honeybourne Pottery was built from a passion for creativity. The owners Alan and Annabel left their corporate lives to follow their dream and took over the business from Annabel’s parents in 2014.
There are two pottery workshops available, a taster and a half day experience. Each gives you the opportunity to try throwing pots with your own assigned wheel and an unlimited supply of clay. You will inevitably make wonky pots, get clay everywhere and collapse a couple creations. But don’t worry. the owners assure this is all part of the process. The workshop starts with a demonstration of the 5 steps it takes to make a pot. Your tutor is then on hand to point you in the right direction and provide tips and guidance. At the end of the workshop you are welcome to take one of your pots home and any additional have a charge of £3 each. You can later paint your pot once it has fully air dried.
If you are celebrating a special occasion, you can also arrange a workshop for a larger group. If you are a group of more than ten you will need to share a pottery wheel, but you get exclusive use of the entire studio. For hen and stag groups the bride/groom goes free for groups of more than ten.
As well as taking part in a workshop you can also purchase finished pieces made by the owners. Their brand Cusack Ceramics features completely handmade pieces which they make following a traditionally slow pace. It takes between 4-6 weeks to complete a piece from start to finish. They are all wheel-thrown or slab built using stoneware clay, hand glazed and fired to over 1200 degrees centigrade.
To note: Rings, watches and bracelets should be removed, and long hair tied back, for all workshops in the interest of safety. Please wear old clothes as well that you don’t mind getting messy – don’t worry though, the clay washes out easily and doesn’t stain.