Seven Limes Pottery | Our Story
Seven Limes Pottery, now running for over 25 years, is Manchester’s first pottery teaching studio open to the general public, delivering small, fun, and friendly pottery classes and ceramics workshops. We teach a wide range of traditional and contemporary pottery making techniques in guided classes, so you can develop the skills to create whatever you would like to make, from wheel thrown domestic tableware to ceramic art sculptures.
Seven Limes Pottery started in a small garage, in Manchester, behind a lime tree, which branched out into 7 large tree trunks, hence the name 7 Limes Pottery. Wendy Andrew, a trained ceramicist with over 40 plus years experience, founded Seven Limes Pottery after teaching in colleges, adult education centres and schools around Manchester. She was trained by some of the top ceramicists in the UK including Emmanuel Cooper and Mo Jupp.
Relaxing Pottery Classes in Manchester
Our students have gone on to complete University masters programmes in ceramics, create tableware for local restaurants, and sold work worldwide from New York to Tokyo. We also house a shared pottery makerspace for more experienced potters. The sociable community within our studio is a great opportunity to make new friends, learn pottery and develop new skills.
All the photography around the site is of our studio, and of the pottery made by people who have learned pottery at Seven Limes Pottery’s classes, many of which are beginners!
The classes are suitable for all levels from beginners to those with years of experience. We tailor to your skill level and it’s ideal to come on your own to learn a new skill, meet new people, make new friends, or to come in a couple, such as for a date activity, or in a group for team building, hen do activity, or a party.
You can book a taster class, learn how to throw and hand-build in a 6- week beginner pottery course, learn how to throw pottery in a throwing workshop, and sign up to our mailing list here. Please get in touch for any private group pottery workshops.
Wendy Andrew, the founder of Seven Limes Pottery trained at Hornsey College London (now Middlesex University), under renowned potters Emmanuel Cooper and Mo Jupp. She has over 40 plus years teaching ceramics in the community at schools, colleges, and adult education centres.
Sam Andrew, taught by his mother, learned pottery since a young age. Sam trained in Clinical Neuropsychology and has lived in 5 countries across the world. On moving back to Manchester, and becoming infatuated with making ceramics, Sam changed career to work with Wendy at Seven Limes Pottery. Sam specialises in wheel throwing, press-moulding and nerikomi and has sold work in design stores from New York to Tokyo.
Guest Tutor Kevin Millward specialises in throwing, and has had a career producing thousands of items of wheel thrown pottery sold all over the UK. He is known as pottery consultant for the TV show The Great Pottery thrown down on channel 4, as well as having taught at some of the top Universities for pottery making in the UK.