Saturday Family Pottery Sessions

Messums Makers: Saturday clay-making for the whole family

Dates: 24 September – 10 December (half-term 29 October)
Time: 11.00-12.30
Cost: £230 per person for all eleven sessions
Individual sessions: £22 per person

Cost of materials and firing is covered by the cost of this course.

Our Saturday sessions are designed for family time. In particular for children aged 6+ to come together with their grown ups to create together and to learn new skills. In these fun and creativity-packed sessions our tutors Bridget Timoney and Charlie Johnson will demonstrate and teach you an array of approaches to claywork and ceramics.

At Messums we firmly believe that making is also a form of non verbal language, and learning new skills allows us to bond with one and other in new ways. So whether you are an aspiring sculptor or a product designer, if you want to learn to model clay or just get away from a digital environment, it doesn’t really matter. During your time here you will learn new skills and make memories.

Classes are intended to bring family members together when making and we are happy for one adult to come with up to four children and make, but equally we will welcome one child who brings up to four grown ups.

In Autumn/Winter 2022 we will be covering a range of different creative methods:

Session 1 (24.9.)- Family potter’s wheel work with Bridget
Session 2 (1.10.)- Family potter’s wheel work with Bridget
Session 3 (8.10)- Autumn modelling workshop – Making Pumpkins, Witches, Cats and Spiders with Bridget
Session 4 (15.10.)- Autumn modelling workshop continues – assemblage and slip decoration with Bridget
Session 5 (22.10.)- Glazing and decorating session with Bridget

29.10. Half-term

Session 6 (5.11.)- Hand-building trinket boxes with Charlie
Session 7 (12.11.)- Family potter’s wheel work with Bridget
Session 8 (19.11) – Family potter’s wheel work with Bridget
Session 9 (26.11.) – Christmas bells clay modelling workshop with Charlie
Session 10 (3.12.) – Christmas decorations modelling workshop with Charlie
Session 11 (10.12.) – Glazing and decorating session with Bridget

Bridget Timoney has been a practicing potter for ten years. She studied ceramics at Limerick School of Art and Design. She trained under Gus Mableson at the prestigious Thomastown Skills Course and completed an Adopt a Potter apprenticeship with Julie Ayton. Recently Bridget completed her traineeship as Mirka Golden-Hann’s Visual Arts and Pottery Assistant at Salisbury Arts Centre where she gained an in-depth insight into teaching pottery classes to all ages as well as running a community pottery.

Charlie Johnson took her degree in Ceramics at Staffordshire University 1993-1996. Charlie works in white earthenware and uses hand building methods to create work which is predominantly decorative. She uses oxides to treat the surface of her works because she loves the natural palette, but also uses silk screened images to express the industrial side of the craft .

Bring: Apron, old towel, and old credit card. Please wear closed-toe shoes.

The studio offers many other courses, please ask your tutor for information.