Beginner’s Classes

This is just to say we are temporarily unable to deal with any more enquiries about our beginner’s courses till January 2022. We’ve had an unprecedented number of people getting in touch with us. Sincere thanks to everyone who has made contact. If you haven’t heard back we do apologise but please bear with us. Mud Station is a small independent business run by just two people who do virtually everything. We really do value your interest and look forward to being able to welcome you to the pottery in the new year.

If you have an enquiry about an ongoing class that you are part of please get in touch as usual.

Studio Classes

Sylwia’s classes have been described as ‘perfection verging on professional insanity’. Here you have an open-ended opportunity to grow as a potter, with greater flexibility and as much technical support and encouragement as you want or need. It’s not a membership scheme, the classes have fixed times, but you’re free to book whichever classes you want, subject to availability.

There are all sorts of opportunities for you to develop your practice as a potter with us, whatever level you feel you’re at. If you’ve got some prior experience of pottery, once you’ve shaken hands with the clay on a beginner’s course, for example, you’re welcome to enrol for our studio classes. You’ll be able to devise your own projects and pursue your own learning goals. We’ll create the space and provide all the materials, facilities and support that you will need to see your ideas through from start to finish. They are group sessions where each participant works on their own pots at their own pace. Sometimes one pot takes shape over several sessions or numerous get completed all in one go – it depends on what you’ve got in mind. There are size limitations on materials and kiln-space but within that there is plenty of leeway for your creativity. 

Studio classes are available to buy in blocks of six. You can opt for wheelthrowing or handbuilding or half an half. Booking is flexible. Each week places are allocated in each session on a first come first served basis. You don’t have to commit to a particular night of the week regularly, you’re free to adapt to your changing diary requirements.

The cost of a block of six Studio Classes is £150 for handbuilding, £200 for wheelthrowing and £180 for half & half.  

One Off Wheelthrowing Workshops

We can offer flexible one-off workshops to small groups, families or individuals. Maybe you want to simply try a bit of wheelthrowing, or give someone you love a go on the wheel as a gift. This workshop comprises a detailed, informative wheelthrowing tutorial followed by lots of individual practice with as much or as little help and support as you want. Most participants end up with two pots, the seed of a new skill, and some happy memories.  

Once you’ve thrown your pots they will be dried, trimmed, glazed and fired, a process that you can expect to take a good couple of weeks, sometimes longer depending upon the firing schedule and how busy the studio is. Most of the time you’ll get your pots back within one month. They’ll be high-fired stoneware, dishwasher, food and microwave safe, and with a little care should remain fit for purpose for many years.

Prices start at £150 for three hours for up to three people. For a maximum of five participants it’s an extra £50 per participant. 

Vouchers

We sell vouchers for classes and courses. They can be made out for the cost of a class or course in its entirety or in part. They make great gifts, from individuals or groups, for a birthday, Christmas, to celebrate an anniversary or a retirement, whatever the occasion. Buying one is easy. You pay for it by bank transfer or Paypal, and we email you a voucher as a pdf that you can print out and put in a card. To get started please get in touch.

Parties

For birthdays, hen or stag weekends, a pottery workshop is an opportunity to do something memorable, sociable and fun, time for you and your friends to have an enriching experience in a positive atmosphere, and of course make yourselves some pots. We can welcome larger groups of up to about 12, sometimes a couple more, for handbuilding parties. You can of course book for wheelthrowing as well but at a maximum of five participants at a time. Prices vary, available upon request. 

Teambuilding

We can host your teambuilding workshop. When you bring your colleagues together to work as a group on their own clay projects it creates a special atmosphere and promotes interpersonal growth. It’s also a great way to relax and experience working relationships in a different context. We can accommodate groups of up to 12 participants, more at a squeeze. Prices vary, available upon request.

Commissions 

Mud Station isn’t a ‘production pottery’. We make small batches of our own signature pots and as we are typically a busy teaching studio we spend a lot of our time facilitating other people’s engagement with clay. We do however take small commissions from time to time. If you’ve got an idea for a piece you’d like us to make for you please feel free to get in touch, though be aware that we reserve the right to decline requests and we don’t work to deadlines.

Consultancy

We offer a consultation service – for example if you want detailed professional advice on an aspect of ceramic art, like glaze chemistry, or throwing larger forms. Sessions are tailored to individual needs. Prices available upon request.

Kiln Hire

We occasionally rent out space in our kiln at £15 per shelf. Our glaze kiln is 100 litres and we only fire it when we’ve got enough ware to fill it, so we can’t work to tight deadlines. We only fire at stoneware temperatures. If you’re interested please get in touch.