Ceramics Courses & Classes

Kate Marshall pottery room

Come to one of Kate’s Ceramics Courses or Classes to learn how to throw, hand-build, glaze and decorate your own pots in a relaxed and friendly setting.

Groups will be no larger than four so you will receive lots of personal tuition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question? Have a look through our FAQs here first.
If you still can’t find the answer, please do contact us.


I am sorry about that. I do try to reply to people within 24 hours, but I have found that my replies often go into people’s spam. Please check your spam, and message me if I have not replied. (07791 997269)

Yes! I have an Etsy shop where I sell some of my lampbases: https://www.etsy.com/shop/katemarshallceramics/

To see my new work please follow me on Instagram or Facebook, or come and visit me at my studio.


Yes. The best thing to do is to email me and tell me which kind of course you would like to do, and I will let you know when we have some more dates.

Absolutely. We assume that people have had no experience of playing with clay and take it from there. We work with people on an individual basis to help them make pots.

Yes. As we have a ratio of 2-1 we are able to work with people on an individual basis.

Caring for your pots

All the stoneware pots have been fired to a high temperature (1260 degrees C) and are hard-wearing. They are non-porous and dish-washer safe.

This depends on the type of finish on your pot.

Horsehair Raku:
Use a soft cloth to clean your pot. Your pot has been polished with a thin coat of beeswax to prevent marks from fingers. Some people like to use a floor and tile wax to seal and protect the pot further, which will also make it very shiny.

Green and Blue Copper Raku:
Keep your pot out of strong sunlight. Use a soft cloth to clean your pot. Over time the surface of your pot will change as the sun and air affect the lustre and the copper oxidises. Some people like to prevent this by using a sealant, such as a gloss finish acrylic spray, or a tile sealer.

White and Black Crackle Raku:
Use a soft cloth to clean your pot.

Smoked areas:
The unglazed black areas on raku can become less intense over time. You can use a black stove and grate polish to make them black again.

Raku is not waterproof. If you would like to use your raku pot as a vase, you can either put another container inside it for the water, or use a sealant such as yacht varnish, a satin polyurethane sealant, or a two-part epoxy resin.

Raku is only fired to 1000 degrees C and should not be used for food as it is fragile and porous, making it unhygienic.

Visiting the studio

If you are driving use the postcode BA2 4RJ in your sat nav. We are at number 6.

The studio is approx. 15 mins walk from the bus and train stations. If you are walking, be aware that the studio is on Beechen Cliff. Google maps will take you up a very steep path and through Alexandra Park, back down to the studio. If you are not super fit you might prefer to walk up the Holloway, take the second footpath on the left, opposite the church and to the right of the horses’ trough, up some steps and along the cliff path. This is a gentle climb.

There are parking restrictions in the area until 6pm. You can park for 1 hour free of charge in Alexandra Park, using the parking app there. If you are doing a course, I can put your car on our residents’ parking app for free when you arrive.

No. The best way to see if I am open is to message me. You can also email me to arrange a time to visit. I am generally around as the studio is part of my home, and I always love to talk ceramics with visitors!