I officially have an 11 year old and I’m keen to ensure we still have some shared interests over the next few years. I don’t want our only common interest to be shopping, not least because it’s not my favourite pastime. Food is an interest we both share and she’ll often bake, while I will take on the role of chief taster and photographer (tough life, I know).
Recently I decided we should try something different – pottery throwing. We’ve always loved crafting together so we were both excited to try an activity that was a bit more grown up.
Potter Aroundis a craft studio local to us that had an offer on and I decided to book us a 90 minute pottery experience.
Firstly we learned how to warm the clay in preparation to centre it on the wheel, before we began shaping it.
We began by creating small pots (although you can choose to do whatever you like) – it was a bit easier than I had expected and I was surprised that I was able to create something I was quite pleased with on my first attempt.
Erin did equally well, apparently children as young as four can have a go on the wheel, but it definitely suits older kids that want to try something a bit more technically demanding.
We had enough time during the experience to create four different pieces.
I returned a couple of days later to ‘turn’ my pots – this is the cleaning and shaping process that takes place a couple of days into the drying process.
Our pottery is now drying before it will be fired, thereafter we can choose to either paint or glaze it, before it is fired once more.
We both got really into the whole experience and have since begun watching The Great Pottery Throwdown for tips and inspiration. We will both definitely be back for follow up lessons!
A 90 minute Pottery Experience at Potter Around is usually £50 for two people