Pottery For All with Andy Macdermott

Ten Week Creative Course


26 September
3, 10, 17, 31  October
7, 14, 21, 28 November
5 December 2022

*Please note the workshop scheduled Monday 19th September has been cancelled. The course will now begin Monday 26th September 2022 

Half Term: 24 October 2022 (no teaching)


Gift vouchers available

Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Download our Ceramic Studio Handbook for further details on our studio terms of use.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
Suitable for any level of experience, from beginners to those attending previous pottery classes.

Note: this class is not suitable for those wanting to learn the pottery wheel.

What will be covered in the class?
Over this ten-week course students will learn various methods of creating form from clay in an intimate, small group guided by ceramicist Andy Macdermott.

You will learn an array of hand building pottery techniques including using slabs, pinching/shaping, making a pottery stamp, glazing and decoration techniques too. You will see your works through the making process with soft clay to the adding of glazes after a bisque firing in the kiln to the finished shiny stoneware pieces.

Due to the small numbers in the group each participant will have individual support time from the tutor and will develop not only a practical ability in working with clay but also will gain knowledge and understanding of this heritage craft.

  • Week 1: Introduction including health and safety. Begin a mini making project
  • Week 2: Slab building bowls/plates/cup forms
  • Week 3: Slab building bowls/plates/cups
  • Week 4: Glazing discussion overview. Finish making slab-built pieces for firing
  • Week 5: Glazing pieces
  • Week 6: Pinching/coiling a small set of bowls or cups
  • Week 7: finishing off/decorating pinched bowls/cups
  • Week 8: Slab build trinket boxes or clocks
  • Week 9: Finish slab build trinket boxes/glazing
  • Week 10: Glazing final pieces

What will students leave the class with?
A knowledge of the basic processes of pottery creation. 5–6 pieces of finished ceramic works.

What will I need to bring?
All Materials and tools provided. (You will be allocated 6kg of clay for the duration of the course, please see our environmental statement below). You may wish to bring a sketchbook to draw designs and make notes. Aprons or coveralls should be worn at all times, along with hair-ties and closed-toe shoes

Ceramics Studio (Ground floor with raised tables, narrow doorways).

In an effort to make our site more environmentally friendly, we ask that students respect our wishes to reduce the amount of uncollected/ unwanted work at the end of term by carefully considering what is they make using an allowance of up-to 6kg of raw clay per term. Clay is allocated at the discretion of the tutor.

Andrew Macdermott is highly skilled potter, an artist who combines a love of texture and form with real passion about the therapeutic benefits of working with clay; this combined with a background in community development means it is no surprise that Andy's patience and kindness makes him one of the most popular tutors teaching ceramics in and around Milton Keynes.

Next workshop ︎

* We offer a limited number of spaces on each course at a 30% discount for those in receipt of income support such as Universal Credit and Carers Allowance. Please contact us directly for to obtain a discount code to apply at checkout. (Proof of eligibility required).
Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

Sign up to our Mailing List for the latest news on Creative Courses, Free Workshops and getting involved in our artist projects.

Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Milton Keynes
MK14 5DZ

+44 (0)1908 608108

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Free entry

Stay connected with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

︎ ︎ ︎

Milton Keynes Arts Centre is a Registered Charity no.1007409  Privacy Statement