The Milndavie Pottery and Training Centre
We have planned a stepped approach to re-opening after the lock-down. Starting with our first step in August - a risk assessment and review of the most up to date governent advice - we have made plans so we can operate in a way that keeps everyone safe. In the meantime we are offering a CLAY AT HOME scheme. There’s a new page on this website with all the information you need to be able to take clay home and make something amazing. Click here for our Clay at Home page.
A stepped approach to re-opening
As a non-essential (but lovely) business we are not wanting to rush to re-open without a lot of careful thought. Using the pottery involves touching a lot of things, and some close contact, so we will have to make some changes before customers can return. We imagine rolling out each step on month-by-month basis but this will depend on how the corona crisis is progressing locally.
Risk assessment and preparation
In the meantime why not take some clay home and get in touch with your inner potter!
Our regular studio users can return. Potters who don’t need instruction from us will easily be able to use the studio within social distance guidelines, but we’re not quite ready as we need to plan our cleaning procedures so that the pottery can be safe and ready each time a potter arrives.
In the meantime why not take some clay home and have some me-time!
One to one wheel lessons will resume. Throwing on the wheel is such fun and we can’t wait to welcome people back to ty it out. We just need to finish our thinking about masks and perspex screens among other things...
In the meantime why not take some clay home and see what happens!
We’re looking forward to it being time to welcome customers back for one-to-one handbuilding lessons. If you’ve tried out our clay at home scheme you may want to take it to the next level!
In the meantime, if you haven’t tried it yet, why not take some clay home and find your new destiny!
Our final step before total re-opening will be the return of family groups to the pottery. We just need to work out how to keep everyone at a safe distance!
In the meantime why not take some clay home and experience the wonder of pottery!
When we’re open again…
We’re looking forward to opening the pottery. In the meantime why not take some clay home! Click here for details.
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.
Here's a summary of what will be on offer after the corona crisis is over...
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.