Currently closed - The Milndavie Pottery and Training Centre
We have decided to close the pottery for a few months because of the coronavirus - taking into account the government advice for all of us to minimise non-essential social contact .
Using the pottery involves touching a lot of things and some close contact, and it's too hard to be sure we have cleaned down everything after each customer - we don’t want to be a place where the virus spreads so we’ve decided to close until the worst is over.
We will definitely open again as soon as practicable and in the meantime Lydia is going to do an online course about glazing and Anne is going to practice making bigger pots so when we open again we'll have lots of new ideas!
Love and best wishes to all our customers. We’ll see you soon. Lydia and Anne xx
The pottery is in a lovely setting in Strathblane, overlooking the Campsie Hills. We're a ten minute drive from Milngavie or Lennoxtown, and for those who prefer not to drive, the bus stop is a few hundred yards from our door! The building is light and airy, and there is plenty of parking space available. As well as being the perfect place for a pottery course, the studio is available for potters to hire on a part-time basis. If you have particular needs please do talk to us as we have done our best to make the pottery accessible to all and want to make all possible adjustments so everyone can enjoy the opportunities we are offering.
We have arranged a timetable that we hope will cater for all - from one-off classes or painting on ready-made items - right through to the option of becoming one of our Associates and using the studio regularly for private projects. In between, we can take bookings for private lessons (both handbuilding and on the wheel), independent projects and to use our wheels.
We offer one-off Clay Classes - we can glaze what is made in that class in order to reduce the commitment required to one session, or participants can return three weeks later to do their own glazing. On the other hand join our four session handbuilding introductory course, "Clay Club" to make things starting from scratch, and follow the process right through to the final firing.
The pottery is the perfect place for a party or to bring a group - we're near to Glasgow, ten minutes from Milngavie, and can facilitate your very own ceramic workshop for team building or just for fun. Look on our parties and workshops page for more details.
And for anyone not that interested in clay we have a fortnightly paper crafting group!
For details of these classes go to our courses page, and for the calendar please see the calendar and payment page.
Here's a summary of what's on offer!
Details are on the "courses" page of the website.
Clay Club £50pp
A four week introduction course to handbuilding with clay
Clay Class £25pp
A class where you only need to come once to make something from clay, then return about three weeks later to glaze it.
Private sessions £20pp
Phone or email to arrange some individual attention, either to learn to handbuild or use the wheel. If you want your pottery to be shiny you'll need to book a second session for glazing.
Painting on ready-made ceramics from £7 per piece
Look for "Studio Time" on the calendar page of the website or discuss a time that suits you.
Parties and Groups variable prices
To book the whole studio minimum 6 participants (max 10). For a party that offers a variety of activities it's £16pp but other options are outlined on the parties page of the website.
Independent ceramicists £12pp
Book a 90 minute session during "Studio Time" and we'll provide all you need to work on your own project. Make sure we know if you want to use the wheel during that session.
Associates of the Pottery £5pp per hour
Associates commit to a weekly booking of at least 8 hours and use all the facilities. The leaflet is at the bottom of the courses page of the website
Take clay home
There's a leaflet at the bottom of the courses page on the website outlining prices for things like taking clay home and firing your pieces in our kiln.
Paper Crafting £8pp
A fortnightly card making class (no clay involved!) for adults.