Primitive Pit Firing and Vessel Making

June 2nd & 3rd / August 9th & 10th 2018 in St Dogmaels. On this two day course with Peter Bodenham you’ll learn various techniques including coiling, slab pots, thumb pots and press moulding. You’ll be making vessels using Apache clay. We spend the first part of the day at St Dogmaels Church Hall where Pete will take you through a slide show of the history and processes involved in pit firing. He will then teach you various methods of making.

On the first day after you have made some pots we will go to the beach where (weather permitting) we will fire pinch pots in the sand. Please note that your main pots will be fired in bins at Pete’s studio. You’ll learn the process which you will be able to repeat at home. 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.

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. A plentiful supply of teas, coffees and cake is included at the Hall whilst you are making your pots. We will head to The Coach House for lunch, were you can buy delicious food from the cafe there.

The venue for pottery making is St Dogmaels Church Hall. The pit firing will take place on Poppit beach at the end of the first day (weather permitting) and the final fire of pots will take place at Pete’s studio (St Dogmaels Pottery) where metal bins will be used.

Scroll down to see photos and reviews from our past courses. Read full course details here.

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“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 

“A great opportunity for creativity in a rural setting bringing recognition to makers within the area. I really appreciated a few days away from it all in such a lovely setting with such a great teacher. It really was such a lovely weekend and just what I needed.” – Emily

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

“Really enjoyable weekend!” – Annie

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