Ceramics Lessons and Courses

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 and collected from the pottery at a later date. Or book a short decorating lesson afterwards.


April and May dates – please email if you’d like to join in.



two delighted students    Throwing 3

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. 

Children’s lessons – these are fun sessions for individuals or small groups. We can make anything you like – Highland cow, pet dogs and baskets, a bedroom plaque …..  you name it and I’ll figure out how to make it.   


Throwing Pots on the Wheel – Day course


An intensive full day learning how to throw pots allows the opportunity to learn and then practice your throwing skills. In the morning I will guide you through the stages involved and give expert guidance. We then break for a well-earned 3 course lunch – vegetarian and with an emphasis on tasty healthy dishes.

In the afternoon you will refine your throwing and make more bowls/vases increasingly independently. It’s also possible to fast dry one pot in order to learn how to apply decoration. This might be bands of colour or applied motifs. 

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 £150 per person to inc all materials and firings plus a healthy 3 course lunch.  Minimum 2 people  

Making a Porcelain Wall Piece – Day Course


Make your own beautiful porcelain wall piece depicting a favourite scene or pattern.

A whole day course where you will learn three different textural techniques

  • mishima – a process of carving , inlaying and scraping back slip to make delicate marks
  • transferring  – creating natural random marks using slips
  • carving – using sharp tools to carve marks and create textures

After a healthy 3 course lunch we make a large tile by rolling out porcelain then use the techniques learned in the morning to create your own wall piece. Students are encouraged to bring a photo/image or sketch that can be translated into porcelain. 

Oxides, coloured ceramic stains and slips are used to build up texture and surface patterns creating a unique ceramic painting. These are fired by me in the kiln and collected later.

Dates to be arranged to suit –  weekdays or weekends   

9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost £150 per person to inc all materials and firings plus a healthy 3 course lunch.  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. 

To book a lesson or for further details please email  jillfordceramics@aol.com.


Here are some we made earlier…

slab built cup with heart design


Colourful tropical fish plaques – beautiful in a bathroom.


Hairy Highland cows is always a popular workshop for young and young at heart. 


Stack of bowls made and decorated on a day course


Porcelain wreath and Christmas decorations sessions are always popular

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