I have lived and worked in Whitstable since coming here as a student in the 1970s – I fell in love with it instantly.
My interest in ceramics grew from a chance job as a Girl Friday at Tabor Pottery in Canterbury with Les Brown, a job which turned into a four year apprenticeship.
From the moment I first learned to use the wheel I was hooked, and over 30 years later, still love to throw pots.
The outlet for my work is ‘Seagulls and Flamingos’ (Address: 12 Harbour St, Whitstable CT5 1AQ). Our shop opened in Whitstable in 1985 as an outlet for locally made ceramics, furniture, glass, and clothes. Nowadays it has expanded to include a wide range of non-local and fair trade goods.
We’ve now moved out of the Belmont Yard Studio and are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to the new space at Unit 13, Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate, Millstrood Road, Whitstable CT5 3PS from w/b Monday 5th November 2018
Monday Evening Class 6.30 – 8.30pm £108 for 6 sessions, suitable for beginners and improvers, starts Monday 5th November
Wednesday Afternoon Class 2.30 – 4.30pm £108 for 6 sessions, suitable for beginners and improvers, starts Wednesday 7th November
Wednesday Evening Class 6.30 – 8.30pm £108 for 6 sessions, suitable for those with some experience, starts Wednesday 7th November
NEW Beginners Friday Morning Class 10.30 – 12.30pm £108 for 6 sessions starts Wednesday 9th November
5 potters wheels available for use during classes, but if you wish to work on the wheel, an individual lesson or attendance at a throwing workshop beforehand is recommended, enabling you to work independently
Throwing Workshops 10.30 – 4pm £75
Friday 2nd November
Friday 30th November
Sunday 6th January
5 places available – suitable for beginners and improvers – materials, glazing and firing included – intensive focus on establishing good technique through observing demonstrations and repetition of forms
Taster Days 10.30 – 4pm £50
Sunday 9th December
Sunday 3rd February
8 places available, suitable for beginners. Learn to coil, pinch and slab – this is a flexible day which will allow you to develop your own ideas once you have mastered these basic hand-building techniques – materials, glazing and firing included
Spaces available for individual 2 hour lessons – £35 for one person, £60 for two. Materials, glazing and firing included
Open Studios at Unit 13, Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate, Millstrood Road w/e 20th/21st, 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November – see Open House Whitstable Trail booklet, now widely available in town
Gift vouchers avalable for lessons and classes – redeemable for 2 years