Pottery Workshops

Popular Pottery and Ceramic Sculpture Club

Mid Wales Arts has been running pottery and sculpture clubs for 10 years. 

The Wednesday session is at 7-9pm and all ages and abilities are welcome. Some wonderful individual and group work regularly comes out of the kilns and students have gone on to win competitions and study sculpture at University. We now have an electric and a woodburning kiln and 2 electric wheels. The sessions take place in a well equipped art room.

The friendly classes are run on a voluntary basis by a committed group of  local potters and teachers including Mike Browning, Alison Finnieston, Carine Van Gestel, Cathy Knapp and Andy Warren. This helps keep costs down and makes it accessible to the community, attendees  pay subs only for the sessions they attend. The value of working with clay can not be over estimated, as a material to experiment with, an ancient craft to learn, an opportunity to develop practical and creative skills,  relax, laugh and have fun. Its therapeutic value is obvious and in some areas doctors actually prescribe it.

On Thursday evenings we run an after school club 5-6.30, for 7-11 year olds. 

We offer a Thursday afternoon club 2-4pm so that people who are not keen on driving at night, or have long distances to travel can come along.

Family friendly sessions on the 1st Saturday of every month 2- 4pm.

All sessions: £10 adults, £7 children. Family rates apply.

Please come along! If you have any questions email: office@midwalesarts.org.uk or ring Cathy on 07970671819.

Pottery and Woodburning Kiln Weekends with Karine Van Gestel

This is an exciting opportunity for you to understand how a wood burning kiln works and make your own work to fire in it. Taught by potter Karine Van Gestel.

This is a two day course and will ideally entail a second weekend so that your work can dry and be ready to fire. We will start the day by inspecting, bricking up and igniting a packed kiln, which will be alight for approx 12 hours. While we are firing you will be able to use hand building techniques or a wheel to experiment and then make your own final piece. You will be encouraged to use suitable slip and glazes to decorate your work. We will take turns to keep the fire burning during the day.

If you are able to stay until 10pm on Saturday you will have observed the complete process of operating a wood burning kiln. Hopefully you will book a second weekend when you can fire your own work as well as making further pieces.

Cost for the weekend: £120 includes all materials and firing. Coffee & Tea throughout the day. Great accommodation and healthy food available at the centre. 

Contact us to make a booking or with enquiries.

Made for You

We are really pleased that we are now able to offer individual throwing instruction with well known local potter Mike Browning  at Mid Wales Arts Centre in our new pottery.

Price for one person £45, two people £80. 2 hour sessions. To book a session contact Mid Wales Arts. Materials included. Times and days by arrangement.