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.
Classes, individual lessons and drop-in sessions are at Unit 13, Joseph Wilson Estate, Millstrood Road, Whitstable CT5 3PS
Visit the studio as part of Whitstable Open House Trail 12th/13th, 20th/21st and 27th/28th October 11 – 5pm
We will be exhibiting at Whitstable Museum Gallery along with many other local potters in late November
CLASSES 2019 Six week blocks in line with school terms
Monday Evening Class 6.30 – 8.30pm £108 for 6 sessions, suitable for beginners and improvers, starts Monday 28th October – FULL
Wednesday Afternoon Class 2.30 – 4.30pm £108 for 6 sessions, suitable for beginners and improvers, starts Wednesday 30th October – FULL
Wednesday Evening Class 6.30 – 8.30pm £108 for 6 sessions, suitable for those with some experience, starts Wednesday 30th October – FULL
Beginners Friday Morning Class 10.30 – 12.30pm £108 for 6 sessions starts Friday 1st November – FULL
Each set of classes is taught with a theme and a technique as a focus, allowing regular students to build up a wide range of skills. You are also welcome to follow your own projects
5 potters wheels available for use during classes 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
DROP IN SESSIONS
Thursday afternoons 2.30 – 4.30pm £12 (£7 if you attend lessons/classes)
NEW! Monday mornings with George 10.30 – 4pm – an opportunity to work independently on the wheel with supervision, £9, 5 places, booking essential
THROWING WORKSHOPS 2019
10.30 – 4pm £75 inclusive of materials, finishing, glazing and firing your work
5 places available at each workshop – suitable for beginners and improvers – materials, glazing and firing included – intensive focus on establishing good technique through observing demonstrations, constructive feedback and direction, and repetition of forms
Taster Day Sunday 24th November
10.30 – 4pm £50
4 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
Individual 2 hour lessons – £35 for one person, £60 for two. Materials, glazing and firing included, bookable for Monday and Friday afternoons and some Sundays. Ideal preparation for joining a six week course
Gift vouchers available for all of the above lessons and classes – redeemable for 2 years