Lessons and Workshops


Last workshop of the season – it’s going to be festive!

Throwing Pots on the Wheel – Day course


An intensive full day learning how to throw pots on the wheel. I will guide you through the stages involved and give expert guidance. By the end of the day you’ll be throwing pots independently. We save a few pots from each session that are glazed and fired by me, making them practical and suitable for everyday use. Eating from your own bowls is such a pleasure! No experience necessary and everyone can do it – including children.

Dates to be arranged to suit –  weekdays or weekends   

9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost £120 per person to inc all materials and firings plus a healthy 3 course lunch to keep you sustained.      Minimum 2 people 

This is what people have said about the lessons.

Just a quick note to say I finally have an equipped pottery studio and am really enjoying using it. My throwing is improving (as it always will be) to the point my pots look like pots. So… I wanted to say a big thank you for the lessons you gave me. It really gave me a good start and the confidence to keep trying. So much still to learn but enjoy every session.   

Annie Jowett

  Vouchers available for gifts for 3 hour lesson or full day. 




The evening workshop programme for 2017 has now finished                                                                                                             


To book any sessions or for further details please email  jillfordceramics@aol.com.

Here’s some we made earlier…

Winter robin heralding the start of the season.


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

We made a nature inspired wall piece.

jill ford ceramics wall piece


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

  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