Primitive pit firing and vessel making

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August 10th & 11th at The Coach House, St Dogmaels. On this weekend course with Peter Bodenham you’ll learn slab and coiling, hand building skills making vessels and using Apache clay. Organic materials such as seaweed and salt may be put in a paper bag with your clay which will add a variety of patterns and colours to your work whilst firing. We’ll be using a primitive pit firing method which you’ll be able to repeat at home.

All materials required to to make and fire your vessels are included in the course fee. Two full days of professional pottery tuition. A spacious work area is allocated to each student along with their own set of tools to use while they’re here. Delicious picnic lunch by Jen Goss of Our Two Acres is included both days. A plentiful supply of tea, coffee and afternoon cake is also included.

Have a look at photos and videos below or read full course details here.

Pete introducing himself and our courses:


“Fantastic tutor! – So much knowledge of the subject and a great teacher. I loved this weekend and have learnt lots. Pete is a great tutor. The course was very well organised. I loved the beach bit where we got clay from the cliffs. It added to the experience in that I felt like we saw the process from start to finish. Pete’s knowledge of clays and the area made the experience really special and not run of the mill. A fantastic course all round! – Thank you!” – Esther 

“Excellent tuition! I achieved what I wanted and can progress from here. Food and venue really good too.” – Caroline

“A great opportunity for creativity in a rural setting bringing recognition to makers within the area.” – Emily

“Really enjoyable weekend!” – Annie

For those of you travelling from afar, here are some great places to stay:

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