classes and workshops

Throwing or making with Porcelain – Workshop sessions

These sessions can’t currently be booked but vouchers for a later date can be bought through the online online shop

I will update this page and my newsletter when workshop sessions become available again.

A session can be a full day (10am – 4pm) or a half day (10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm)

The day’s session covers throwing with porcelain on the potter’s wheel; including basic techniques of clay preparation, centring on the wheel, throwing a cylinder. Follow-up or advanced sessions can include turning/trimming vessels and adding handles.

The sessions are designed as taster days for beginners and those new to porcelain, or for those wishing to improve their existing skills.

If throwing isn’t your thing, tailored hand-building sessions can be arranged, and they can include pinching, slab-building and coiling techniques in porcelain and stoneware.

Sessions are held at Elaine Bolt’s ceramic workshop at Atelier 51, Providence Place Brighton, East Sussex. Any finished pieces will be glazed and fired separately by Elaine at a later date, using simple glazes in use at the studio. Finished pieces can be collected 8-10 weeks after the workshop date.

Price includes all firing and glazing of the pieces you make.


Half day workshop (3 hours):
£90 for a one-to-one morning or afternoon session
£150 for a throwing morning session for two people
Full day workshop (6 hours):
£180 for a one-to-ne full day session
£300 for a full day throwing session for two people

LEVEL: Complete Beginners, Intermediate, or advanced
LOCATION: Atelier 51, Providence Place, Brighton BN1 4GE

Dates: contact me to find out about future availability



`I have two workshop classes booked in for the summer of 2020 at The Ceramic Studio near Tunbridge Wells.. Click on the links below to book a place.

Mixed Media & Porcelain

9TH AND 10TH JULY 2020

Elaine will demonstrate techniques such as using mixed media in surface decoration; adding rust and other materials for colour and texture; and using combustible materials such as fabric, paper, and organic objects embedded to create different textures and effects. You will also explore how to make pieces that can be combined with found objects to form a 3D composition or a mixed media vessel. Using techniques with porcelain, including pinching and rolling, you will learn how wire and wood handles and other attachments can be accommodated.

This is a two day course. Each day is 10am-4pm and will include a two course lunch as well as refreshments and materials. The cost for this course is £300. Work will be fired and ready for collection 3-4 weeks later.

Hand Building with Porcelain

17TH JULY 2020

This is a one day workshop (10am-4pm) exploring hand building with porcelain. Elaine will demonstrate different techniques including pinching and slab-building. You will work on creating a spoon, cup and a plate.

The cost of this workshop is £150 and this includes a two course lunch, tea/coffee and all materials. Following the day your work will be fired and ready for collection in 3-4 weeks.