Can I drop in to do some pottery?

We take advanced bookings only. Available classes can be booked on the courses page on our website, and if we’re fully booked join our mailing list for notification of when our next classes are available for booking.

I can’t find any classes/courses/workshops to book on your website?

If you can’t find any classes or workshops, then unfortunately we’re fully booked. However we do release our beginner courses every 6 weeks and our taster and throwing weekends 2-3 months in advance. You can join our mailing list for notification of release dates if we’re fully booked.

When can I collect my pots?

Pots are ready for collection 3-6 weeks after a course or workshop. We’ll email out when they’re ready to collect with times we’re in the workshop. We’ve had reports some email service providers are blocking our collection emails. While on occasion it may take us longer to process your pots, if you haven’t received a collection email from us at 6 weeks then please get in touch with us. We’re always in every Monday to Thursday 5-9pm for collection.

I’ve never done pottery before, will your courses be suitable?

All our courses are designed for people who have never tried pottery before. They’re structured with expert guidance to give you the best chance at making pots for your skill level. We recommend trying our taster class first to try your hand at throwing and hand-building, which will give you the best perspective of what pottery making has to offer. Our 6 week courses teach all the basic skills in hand-building and throwing, and our throwing weekend will suit those interested in throwing only. You can see all our courses on offer on our pottery courses page.

What courses do you offer for beginners?

We offer tasters for first timers, 18 weeks of beginner courses covering the basics of hand-building, throwing, turning, glazing, slip application, and an intensive 2 day throwing weekend for those looking to get into throwing pots. You can see all our courses on offer on our pottery courses page.

What courses do you offer for intermediates?

Our throwing weekend is for intermediates and beginners, and will be adjusted with demonstrations to suit your level. We have regular classes for those who have completed our beginner courses, so get in touch if you’re interested in these, and we run more advanced courses in throwing and specific making techniques within the studio. You can see all our courses on offer on our pottery courses page.

Are you open in the summer?

We’re open all year round with a break between Christmas and New Year.

How long does it take to learn pottery?

The length of time it takes to learn pottery varies widely between people and depends on your goals, frequency of practice, complexity of skills you want to acquire, and any previous transferrable skills to making in arts and crafts. Many can make a decent bowl throwing for the first, second or third time with good tuition in a taster class; can make well made mugs, cups, planters, plates, and small sculptures in our 6 week beginner courses; and can really start developing their throwing skills in a 2-day throwing workshop. It takes around 3000 hours of active learning to be able to competently make pottery (around 2 years full time) and 10,000 hours (5 years full time) to master any craft. With good tuition and guidance you’ll learn at a far faster rate than without. Read more about how long it takes to learn pottery.

Do you offer a pottery kiln hire or a firing service?

Our studio is too busy to offer a firing service.

Do you offer pottery classes for children?

Unfortunately we only teach pottery to adults 18 and over.

Can I rearrange a workshop/class I booked or get a refund?

Yes you can 21 days prior to the course start, with a £5 admin fee. However, within 20 days of the time of a workshop there is a requirement that the place is first resold in order to issue a refund or transfer the place. The more notice the more chance it will resell, but do understand we can’t make any promises. Please see our full refund and cancellation T&Cs.

I can’t attend one class in a course, can I make it up or transfer the place to another time

Normally you can’t transfer to another class or make it up another time. However, in our beginner courses we do allow a ‘pass it on’ system, where if someone cannot attend and let’s us know, we can offer that space to someone else who has missed a class. Then possibly a free space will come up in future for you too. This of course is not guaranteed and we’d give a 50/50 chance of it happening. If a place doesn’t come up you can always pay for a single class to finish any pots off, just get in touch.

How many weeks does the beginners course run for and how much is it? Also do you know when the next set of classes is going to be released?

We run 18 weeks of beginner courses, divided into 6 week blocks, so you can try them out without committing to the full course. Each 6 week block covers different hand-building and throwing techniques, which can be started at any 6 week interval, and all the courses include throwing tuition. We release our beginner courses for booking every 6 weeks, but they do book up fast, so sign up to our mailing list for notification of when classes are available for booking. In 2023 the beginner courses cost £130 per 6 week block.

Do you do corporate events or parties?

We’ve hosted many corporate events, team building workshops, birthdays and hen do activities. Get in touch to discuss availability and arrange a date. You can read more about our team building and private pottery events here.

Can I join your shared studio?

We require a good level of skill and a high level of independence to join our shared studio, such experience you would get from taking all our courses and workshops. If you’re applying from outside and think you have appropriate experience then you can apply by sending us images of your work and telling us about your experience level.

What should I wear to a pottery class?

Dress for the mess is the best advice, with short nails, no skirts, and your hair tied up. Read more about what to wear to your pottery class.

Do you sell pots and/or hold ceramics exhibitions?

While Seven Limes Pottery doesn’t directly make ceramics to sell, many of the people within our studio do including our tutors and studio users. We hold an annual ceramics sale in December, as well as advertise, review and often organisetrips to any notable ceramics exhibitions in Manchester and beyond. Recent exhibitions include Manchester Open at Home, our 7 Limes 2023 December ceramics sale, and the British Ceramics Biennial.