In the meantime you might enjoy our "Clay at Home" Scheme...
Please have a look at our "clay at home" page for details for using clay and glaze at home and then bringing back to the pottery for firing in the kiln. Or see below for details of how to paint on ready-made pottery at home...
Ready-Made Pottery to Paint with Glaze at Home
The picture shows our most popular underglaze colours but we have many more!
Ornaments to Paint
We have a lovely selection of sweet little ornaments that are ready to be painted with glaze. They are each about 8cm (3 inches) high and look really great after glazing. For £20 choose any two pieces to paint plus choose six glaze colours. The cost of firing in the kiln is included in the price.
Just choose your pieces, choose your glaze colours, and give us a phone call (or send an email) to arrange to come to collect from the studio. We hire a brush set for £2 per day but most people use their own brushes - glaze washes off brushes easily in water. The price includes firing so just bring your pottery back when it is finished and we'll pop it in the kiln to make it all bright and shiny. It's usually ready a week later for collection.
Star Plate to Paint
As well as dogs, ducks and frogs you can choose a star shaped plate which is great for hand and foot prints. Click on the picture to be taken to our YouTube film which will give some tips on capturing your baby's handprint - it's a Christmas film but the technique is year round ofcourse!
The star plate is £20 with six colours, or £15 if you just want to choose one colour eg for a handprint. Both options include the cost of firing in the kiln.
1. Clay that has been fired once but not yet glazed is called bisque.
2. It's fine if you leave bits of the bisque unpainted as we will add a shiny overcoat so any unpainted bits will become shiny white.
3. The ornaments are all £20 for any two. The price includes six colours and firing in the kiln after you've finished. Feel free to ask for one for £10 but three colours might be a bit restricting...
4. The star plate is a great surface for handprints because it is flat - and works well for painting images and patterns as well.
The Milndavie Pottery and Training Centre
We planned a stepped approach to re-opening after the lock-down. Starting with our first step - a risk assessment and review of the most up to date governent advice - we have made plans so that when we re-open we can operate in a way that keeps everyone safe. Nevertheless it has been impossible to open so far so we have developed our 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 organised the activities in the pottery in a way that we hope will cater for all - from taster sessions and painting on ready-made items - right through to the option of becoming one of our Associates and using the studio regularly for private projects. We take bookings for private lessons (both handbuilding and on the wheel), independent projects and to use our wheels.
The pottery is the perfect place for a party or to bring a group - we're near to Glasgow, ten minutes from Milngavie Station and can facilitate your very own ceramic workshop for team building or just for fun. Look on our parties and groups page for more details.
And for anyone not that interested in clay we have a fortnightly paper crafting group!
For details of these activities, click on the links in the summary below or click here to download the pottery leaflet. Or click here for our current pricelist.
Here's a summary of what will be on offer after the corona crisis is over...
1. Taster sessions
Make something from scratch with a lump of clay and come back to glaze it three weeks later. There are two types of taster sessions:
a) Hand-building - choose what to make or copy our samples if you prefer.
b) Or make a little less by hand so you can also have a quick go on the wheel.
£32 per person for 60 minutes make and glaze sessions.
See our Taster Sessions Page for more details.
Learning to make pottery is a wonderful skill to gain. We have two options with infinite possibilities attached to both!
a) Choose a number of sessions and learn the basics of handbuilding.
b) Learn the basics of throwing on the potters wheel.
eg four classes £80, six classes £108 (per person). See our Courses Page for more details.
3. Painting on ready made pottery
Prices from £7 per piece, depending on what you choose to paint.
More details are on our Activities Page.
4. Use the pottery for independent projects
Let us know when you book if you want to use the wheel.
£14 for 90 minutes per person.
More details are on our Activities Page.
Hand-building and painting on ready-made pottery are both perfect activities for groups.
To book the whole studio minimum 6 participants (max 10). There are lots of options.
See our Groups Page for more details.
6. Associate Scheme
Potters who want weekly independent use of the studio can gain all the benefits of becoming an Associate. Prices for 6 hours or more weekly hire. Details are in the leaflet at the bottom of the Activities Page.
7. Paper Crafting
A fortnightly card making class (no clay involved!) for adults. £10 per session (£8 concessions).
See our Activities Page for more details.
8. Take clay home
If for any reason you'd prefer to craft at home our Clay at Home and Glaze at Home schemes are for you! The price you pay includes firing in the kiln so just bring your creations back, when ready, for firing. £10 for the clay, £14 for the glaze.
See our Clay at Home Page for details.
The prices quoted for any of our activities will always include the total cost of all materials, firing in the kiln, and tuition.