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The Clayrooms,

19 Dig Street,

Ashbourne,

Derbyshire,

DE6 1GF

The Clay Rooms is the new venture launched by co-founders Sarah Heaton and Helen Cammiss. Sarah has worked within the ceramic industry for 23 years, and been responsible for many global best sellers for Denby Pottery, Burleigh Pottery, her own label and selected retailers. Helen is a seasoned school leader with 25 years’ experience teaching art and design across mainstream and independent education. As a professional artist, she brings a flair and expertise to events that leave a lasting legacy.

“The idea behind the Clay Rooms is something we’ve been considering for a while,” says Sarah Heaton. “There is a real movement at the moment of independent makers and interest in activities such as baking, sewing and making generally. We get lots of enquiries about where people can learn pottery for themselves, and so it seemed the perfect time to launch this and take advantage of our fully equipped facilities.”

 

“As an educator and artist, I am passionate about inspiring and enabling the creativity of others and helping them to realise their potential,” explains Helen Cammiss. “We want the Clay Rooms to be somewhere where people come and not only learn new skills in a friendly environment, but also feel inspired to use those skills to create something beautiful.”

FAQs

How long are your workshops?


All our workshops are 2 hours long.




If I don't manage to turn up will I get a refund?


If you have to cancel for whatever reason, within the week before the event, and that space cannot be filled in time, you will NOT be entitled to a refund.




I want to book onto a course, but can't...what should I do?


We have waiting lists for our 6 week courses, so please email or phone and we'll sort it for you.




How much is a 6 week course, when are they held and what will I make?


The 6 week course costs £120 and includes tuition, materials and firings. They are held on Tuesday mornings 10-12noon, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-9pm. The courses are designed to give you a basic understanding of various techniques such as throwing, pinching, coiling, sculpting and slab work, plus decoration.




I am interested in being a member, what should I do?


If you email us, we will send you more info and arrange for you to have a look round the studio.




Will you fire and finish the things I make on the Throwing Taster?


Not usually, the session is more about the experience than creating finished objects. We can occasionally fire pieces for an extra small charge or you can take away the clay pieces you create.




Do I get to keep the things I make on the Handbuilding and Sculpting workshops?


Yes! We dry, fire and glaze these pieces, ready for you to pick up after a couple of weeks.




I am a wheelchair user, is that a problem?


Not at all! The studio with the potters wheels in is on the ground floor, so as long as we know in advance we can accommodate you.




Do you have toilet facilities?


We do! Unfortunately, it is not an 'accessible' space.




Do I need to bring anything with me or wear special clothing?


No! Just bring yourself and, if throwing, tie your hair back, be prepared to remove jewellery and maybe get a bit messy!




I'm coming by car, where should I park?


You can park for free for 2 hours in the Sainsbury's car park, or pay in the town centre 'Shawcroft' car park. Both are a short walk away from our studio.




Can you guarantee that my piece will survive the kiln firing?


I'm afraid we can't guarantee anything, but 99% of the time they do! The only exception is when a participant deviates from the tuition...if you follow the directions given it will survive, but if you do your own thing it might not.