Pottery Courses

Menear Ceramics at the Pottery Barn, Amberley Museum is offering a number of short 2-5 hr courses as an introduction to a variety of ceramic techniques. The courses are suitable for beginners to intermediates and will take place as detailed in the course notes.

The pottery is well equipped with electric pottery wheels and everything needed for hand-building.

We cover a multitude of techniques including;

Hand building with slabs, coils and pinch pots, press moulding and throwing on the wheel. Decorative techniques include slips, oxides and glazes, brushwork, stencils, imprinting, stamping, resists and sprigs. There are two pottery wheels in the studio.

The Pottery also has the advantage of being situated in a beautiful setting in the heart of the South Downs National Park.

Above all, the courses are designed for students to explore various aspects of clay making within a beautiful environment and to have fun!

Please note : The museum is open during the courses and the public have access to the pottery. People love clay and will often want to engage with students.

Price : Includes full tuition, use of clay, equipment, glazes. Pieces made on the course will be fired in our kilns for collection later.

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Pottery Parties

Why not have a party with a difference and learn the basics of throwing pottery on the wheel and hand-building. Our parties are designed for all ages and abilities and the cost covers tuition, use of the pottery equipment, firing and glazing of your work which can be collected at a later date.

The parties last for 2hrs. Please contact us to arrange a date and make payment.

Cost £30 each Minimum 4 people (£120)

We also run taster courses for larger parties (maximum 15) ideal for Corporate Events or Hen Parties. Please contact us for further details.


The Pottery Barn

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Houghton Bridge


West Sussex

BN18 9LT


Parking is free in the Museum car park adjacent to Amberley Station.


The Pottery (Building 22) can be found in the centre of the Museum site about 15 minutes walk from the car park. On arrival please make your way into the Museum, the staff at the entrance will have been informed you are attending a course so you can access without incurring any admission charge. If you would like to further explore the museum after your course they do ask that you pay an admission charge. Sometimes volunteers man the ticket office so if there is any issue please ask them to phone the Pottery on Ext 23. Maps are available at the entrance and throughout the site but the Pottery is well signposted.


The Museum has a well stocked restaurant “The Lime Burners” serving light meals and drinks.


We take the health and safety of students very seriously and there is a H&S Policy in place at the pottery which can be referenced. Each piece of equipment has it own Risk Assessment which we ask new users to familiarise themselves with. There is also a COSHH policy in place for the safe handling of pottery ingredients. Trained First Aiders are on site at all times the Museum is open to the public.

On the whole pottery is a safe practice with the key issue being the minimisation of dust. At the start of the course we will highlight some basic precautions.

All personal protection equipment is available (other than footwear, sturdy boots should be worn for Raku) but if you want to bring your own apron please feel free to do so.