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Messums has established a new set of studios for making in clay, in which artists of all ages and all walks of life will be welcome to practice, learn, develop ideas and thrive. This venture sets out to present and explore making as the essential element of creative language.

Set in airy new studios in Chilmark, Wiltshire, we offer courses in hand-building making methods; modelling and throwing on the potters’ wheel as well as provide open access sessions for the advanced practitioner.

Pottery enthusiasts and advanced students can expand their skills during masterclasses such as composite pot making, porcelain throwing workshop, and sculpture.

The programme is led by Mirka Golden-Hann, head of Visual Arts at Wiltshire Creative who has been running pottery classes at Salisbury Arts Centre for more than ten years.

In addition to Golden-Hann there is a selection of some of Britain’s other exceptional makers in clay, drawing on the long list of artists who have expressed a similar desire to see more hands-on activity at the heart of arts practice.


Spring and Summer terms




Glaze & Practice Half Day with Mirka Golden-Hann

Sunday 6 February

This is a great opportunity to come and glaze your biscuit fired work created during previous making courses, or you can come and simply practice your existing wheel skills.

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Glaze Brushwork Workshop

Sunday 3 April

With tutor Ursula Waechter, you will learn letter formation, letter weight and spacing and have the chance to paint your own tile.

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Glazing with Finn Bush

Sunday 1 May 2022

Apply stains, oxides or glaze to your sculptures – workshop for glazing sculpture made in March and April.

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Make a Moneybox

Wednesday 23 February

Pottery class aimed at 6yrs + accompanied by adult

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Animals in Relief

Friday 25 February

Family class with Finn Bush where children can learn to sculpt a relief animal in clay.

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Family Potter’s Wheel Workshop

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February

For families with children age 10yrs+

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Make a Bird’s Nest

Wednesday 6 April

Clay play session for pre-school children with adults

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Gargoyles and Hypnotic Face

Friday 22 April 2022

Sculpture class for families. Using clay, you will have the chance to learn how to express yourself through the creation of a grimacing face!

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Invest more time with courses for the more experienced maker.

If you need somewhere to stay in the area, check out our list of local accommodation here




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Cancellations and refunds policy 


We appreciate that things can change so if your booking is outside of 10 days a full refund may be requested on any course.
Within 10 days there is a 50% refund.