JULY 20 & 21: Setting Up a Pottery Studio

Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 July (two day course)
10am – 4.30pm (lunch included)

Teachers: Mirka Golden-Hann and Tim Thornton


Course description:

Have you recently thought about setting up a pottery workshop, or have you just set one up and discovered that you have more questions than answers? Then this course is designed to help you.

On the first day we will cover the choice of equipment, principally kiln and materials. We will look at kiln care and firing cycles. We will talk about glazes (commercial and studio made), mixing, testing and experimenting. We will cover clay management and reclamation. Then day two focuses on running your studio in a safe and healthy way. We look at dust, ventilation and cleaning the studio, and potentially harmful materials. We look at using your kiln safely, including fire hazards and kiln fumes. We talk about suitable clothing and PPE. And finally we look at ergonomics and avoiding damaging your body. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to ask questions about setting up and running a pottery.

Mirka Golden- Hann is a ceramic artist and teacher with over 20 years’ experience of running a pottery studio. After graduating from the University of Westminster, Harrow Ceramics in 1999 she set up her first workshop and built a salt-kiln. After gaining her MA Ceramics at Bath Spa in 2009 she became Resident Artist at Salisbury Arts Centre (Wiltshire Creative) where she runs a busy teaching pottery and visual arts programme.Tim Thornton first started working in ceramics in 2008, and set up his own studio in 2012. In 2018 he transitioned to being a professional potter with particular interests in material science. In 2020 Tim developed a series of online ceramics courses covering product safety and studio health and safety for potters. In day two of our ‘Setting up a Pottery Studio’ course Tim will cover these important topics face to face.

Bring: apron, pencil, notebook, and if you wish, pots for glaze trouble-shooting.

Wear closed-toe shoes.