Lessons and Workshops


With a firm focus on Tableware – here is the new programme for Thursday Evening Workshops and Day Courses at my pottery. Recently celebrating a “significant” birthday confirmed to me the enjoyment of eating good food from hand thrown plates and bowls, and drinking from lovingly made cups and mugs. Now seems to be the time to make them and my own work now includes all these items.
 There is a great joy in serving food on pots you have made yourself and I’d love you to be able to do that!
Day Courses focus on throwing on the wheel – 4 pots in a day – no experience necessary! With a healthy 3 course lunch to keep you sustained.
Thurs evening workshops focus on slab building – 3 sessions – building up a delightful little breakfast set for two. Come for just one or all of them.

For information regarding workshops and private lessons please email me at jillfordceramics@aol.com.

Here’s some we made earlier…

We had a great time making these little birds at our last workshop – just in time for spring – tweet tweet!


15th February 2017

The creative period is now upon us with the start of Imbolc, when the earth is warming up and focus is on rejuvenation.Just the time to indulge in a little creative Spring practice!

We made a nature inspired wall piece.

jill ford ceramics wall piece

 It’s an opportunity to create something personal and beautiful for your home or friends whilst having fun playing with porcelain and texture.


I deliver tailor-made lessons here at my pottery in Ellerton, for adults and children. The throwing lesson is very popular. In just two to three hours anyone can learn how to throw pots on the wheel. I will take you through the stages of throwing and provide expert tuition to make the lesson fun and productive. Two or three of the best pots can be glazed in a white glossy glaze and collected from the pottery at a later date. Or book a short decorating lesson afterwards.

Cost £30 per hour. Lessons are twice the fun if shared – in this case the second person only pays £20 per hour so it makes a great deal! Lessons available during the week, at weekends or in the evenings. Gift vouchers available.

No experience necessary – just enthusiasm. Please email for further details.

 two delighted students workshop session at Jill Ford Ceramics



Regular workshops are held in my pottery in Ellerton.  These are sociable group events where people meet together and have a chat over a welcome glass of wine or juice, before making a ceramic piece. Jill then takes you through the stages or making and decorating the item – giving one to one help and demonstrations as necessary.  It’s a great way to have fun, learn a new skill and produce your own lasting keepsake. Items are fired and glazed by Jill for collection later.

7:00 – 10:00 pm on Tuesday evenings – please email jillfordceramics@aol.com to check dates and book a place.

No experience necessary – just bring an apron. Cost £24 to inc welcome drink and all materials and firings

Upcoming dates

11th May – make two slab built cups



25th May – make to slab built bowls

8th June – make two press moulded plates

Can be glazed in creamy transparent or grey glaze and all together will make a lovely breakfast set for two.

  Throwing 3



A fun creative way to celebrate a child’s birthday.

Making models from clay is exciting and free activity that children of all ages just love – and the mess stays here in my pottery!

Parties can be arranged for up to 10 children. Times can be arranged according to age of the children, usually  2 or 2 and half hours on a weekend/weekday/evening.

I can work in consultation with the parent and child to devise an activity that is personal and special. Examples have included horse parties, making show horses and jumps, monster parties – anything goes, learning to throw on the wheel, Highland cows or Shaggy sheep

Cost : £30 per hour plus £6 per person to cover all materials and firings.

Models and pots are left at the pottery so that I am able to dry them out, glaze them and fire them to 1265 degrees. This makes the models permanent and means that any pots can be used everyday for cereal, hot chocolate or to keep trinkets.

An adult is required to stay for the party and encouraged to join in!

ceramic highland cattle pottery lesson