Picton Castle and Gardens


4th May, 8th June & 6th July

Pottery Workshops-4th May, 8th June & 6th July

Try your hand at pottery with experienced tutor Kate Evans of Annibendod in the beautiful surroundings of Picton Castle Gardens. Learn handbuilding and throwing techniques through project based workshops. Relax and have fun whilst making your own functional and decorative ceramics.

These workshops are aimed at beginners and will introduce you to the various stages of preparing and handling clay. You are welcome to bring your own ideas for what you would like to make and Kate will help you to realise them. Glazing and decorating will also be discussed and pieces will be fired and glazed, ready for collection within a few weeks. 

With an emphasis on enjoyment and learning a new craft in good company and beautiful surroundings, these workshops are the perfect way to relax and escape the business of everyday life.

May 4 – Make your own mugs and bowls/side plates

It’s so satisfying to drink your morning tea or coffee from a cup that you’ve made yourself! Whether you favour a big mug, something more refined, or would like to make a present for someone else, this workshop will guide you through a range of hand-building techniques to make and decorate your own mugs and side plates or bowls.

June 8 – Wheel workshop. Experience the challenge of making pots on the potter’s wheel.

Have you always fancied trying your hand at the potter’s wheel but never had the opportunity, or always thought it looked too difficult? It might look challenging, but the pottery wheel is also hugely fun and the sense of achievement when you make your first pot is wonderful! No prior experience is needed as you will be guided through each stage of preparing and working the clay in this day-long workshop. From wedging the clay, to centering on the wheel and mastering drawing the clay up to form vessels, this session is a great introduction to this unique way of producing ceramics.

July 6th – Ceramics for the garden – herb labels and hanging bird feeders/plant pots

Take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Picton Castle and Gardens and make bespoke ceramic pieces for your own garden. From personalised herb pot labels and pots for your kitchen windowsill, to wall-hangings of your favourite flowers and leaves, or bird feeders and garden cane toppers, this workshop offers a wealth of possibilities for personalising your green space and celebrating the beauty of nature.

10.30am-3pm (with a break for lunch)

The cost of each workshop is £60, with a 10% discount for season members.

Tea and Coffee are provided.

Lunch is not included but you may bring your own food or order meals in advance from the on-site restaurant Maria’s.