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Adult Pottery Classes on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.
Hand building classes in coil, slab, modelling and sculpting. Sorry no throwing.
Three 8 week courses starting in January, May and September.
Classes are very popular and are usually full, so to join you need to put your name on the waiting lists for the next available space. Instructions below.
WORKSHOPS
Two part workshop weekends held twice a year in May and September with a glaze session 3 weeks later for adults and children from 15 years.
Small, Medium and Large Animal Sculpture, Dragon or Warrior and Green Man Gargoyles.
For available space please refer to
the bottom of the Summer and Autumn Workshop guides below and then request an application form.
PRIVATE CLASSES
Option to create your own private workshop or team building event. Details at the bottom of this page.
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Coil
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Slab Pot

Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Model

Coiled Sunflower Pot by Julie
Slab Built Box Vase by Ellen
Modelled Puffin by Linda

There are lots more images of student work in the following links.
Maggie and Tracy at Zoo Ceramics jointly run adult pottery classes and workshops at their studio in Waddington, just outside Lincoln. The courses specialise in hand-building techniques including coil, slab, modelling and sculpting.  The structure of each session will enable each student to explore the medium of clay at their own pace and create personal themes, or follow set projects.  Please note that we do not offer throwing courses.

CLASSES - The adult pottery classes are on Wednesday afternoons and evenings and are very popular, so they are often fully subscribed.  To join you need to put yourself on the waiting list by following the instructions below.

WORKSHOPS - The workshops are in two parts, consisting of the making and then a glaze session three weeks later.  This year's program includes Summer and Autumn weekend workshops offering porcelain jewellery, green man and small, medium and large animal sculpture.   The workshops are suitable for older children.  To apply please contact us to request an application form.

CREATE YOUR OWN - If you are unable to attend the above, there is an option to create your own workshop.  Price guide at the bottom of the page.

Zoo Ceramics Pottery Class Coiling
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Carving
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Modelling
Coiling by Ian
Slab Building by Jane
Modelling by Karen
Adult Pottery Classes 2024
The pottery classes run for three terms during the year in Spring, Summer and Autumn and last 8 weeks with raku session at the end of the summer term and a winter feast at the end of the Autumn term.  There is a free extra catch up session on a Saturday morning at the end of each term for any student that has missed a class. The classes are on Wednesday afternoons from 1.00 to 3.00 pm and evenings from 7.00 to 9.00 pm and there are 15 students per class.  Classes cost £90.00 for an eight week term and a charge for finished work (approximately £5- £25 for three pieces.)  Students are able to secure their place for the following term half way through the term they are on.  As a result most places are taken up, so the only way to join is to put yourself on the waiting lists.

To join the group classes please follow the instructions below.  This page also contains information on the workshops and links at the bottom of the page to a Frequently Asked Question section and other events.

Pottery Class Time Table 2024
SPRING TERM 2024
£95.00
SUMMER TERM 2024
£95.00
AUTUMN TERM 2024
£95.00
Wednesday PM
1 - 3 pm

Wednesday Eve
7 - 9 pm
  Wednesday PM
1 - 3 pm
Wednesday Eve
7 - 9 pm
 
Wednesday PM
1 - 3 pm
Wednesday Eve
7 - 9 pm
1
  24 Jan
1
8 May
1
  4  Sep
2
  31 Jan
2
15 May
2
11 Sep
3
  7  Feb
3
22 May
3
18 Sep
4
14 Feb
4
29 May
4
25 Sep
5
 21 Feb
5
5 Jun
5
  2  Oct
6
 28 Feb
6
12 Jun
6
  9  Oct
7
  6  Mar
7
19 Jun
7
16 Oct
8
 13  Mar
8
26 Jun RAKU
8
23 Oct
9
16  Mar Saturday Catch Up 10 - 12 am
9 29  Jun Saturday Catch Up 10 - 12 am 9
26  Oct Saturday Catch Up 10 - 12 am


Wednesday 13th November
Winter Feast

 
Pottery Class Spaces
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON 1.00pm - 3.00pm Full (Waiting List    17)
WEDNESDAY EVENING
7.00pm - 9.00pm Full (Waiting List    46)
Pottery Class Spaces Updated 19th June 2024
 
Pottery Class Waiting List
To put yourself on the waiting list, please provide us with the following five items, which can be copied and pasted to the email address below.

1. Name
2. Address
3. Mobile and Telephone Numbers
4. Waiting lists you would like to be put on. ( Wednesday Afternoon 1 - 3 pm, Wednesday Eve 7 - 9 pm. (Or both)
5. If applying for more than one person, please indicate if you would accept a single place, or if you only want to join together. ( Single, Join together)

We keep a precise date related record of all people on the waiting list and as soon as a space becomes available for a new term, we offer it to the person at the top of the list.  I will contact you be email, phone and texts and give you a set time to reply, before it is offered to the next person.  Things do change during the year and a space may become available in a matter of weeks, but sometimes it can be several months or longer.  Details of waiting list figures are shown below and are updated regularly.  Please inform us if you no longer wish to be on our waiting list and bet assured that your personal information will never be passed on.
Workshops 2024
The 2023 workshops will be run in two parts with the making sessions on a Saturday or Sunday, followed by a glaze class three weeks later. This year we will be running Summer and Autumn Small, Medium and Large Animal Workshops and Porcelain Jewellery and Green Man classes.  As the sessions are carried out over a weekend, it is possible to take part in several classes and make a weekend break of the events. The times, prices and availability are on the chart below and if you would like to apply for the workshop please request a workshop application form using this email link.

Summer Workshops May and June 2024
Warrior
Warthog
Monkey
 
Badger
2 1/2 HOUR
DRAGON OR WARRIOR
FANTASY WORKSHOP
2 HOUR TASTER SESSION
SMALL ANIMAL WORKSHOP
3 HOUR
MEDIUM ANIMAL
WORKSHOP
FULL DAY
LARGE ANIMAL
SCULPTURE WORKSHOP
Saturday 18th May 2024
Saturday 18th May 2024
Saturday 18th May 2024
 
Sunday 19th May 2024
9.30 - 12.00 AM
2.00 - 4.00 PM
2.00 - 5.00 PM
 
10.00 - 5.00 PM
Size - 30cm high
Materials - Valentine
Modelling Clay
Size - 15cm high
Materials - Valentine
Modelling Clay
Size - 30cm high
Materials - Valentine
Modelling Clay
  Size - 45 cm high
Materials - Valentine
Sculptural Clay
10 students per class
£55.00 per person
10 students per class
 
6 students per class
£135.00 per person
£40.00 per person
£60.00 per person
Option to choose either the small or medium animal design
 


Once piece has been made, it needs to dry and be bisque fired, which takes three weeks and then you have three options.
1. No glaze. Create own finish with paint or other materials and only pay for the first part of the workshop.
2. Three weeks after the first part, attend glaze workshop and learn about glaze application techniques, pay for both parts.
3. Let us glaze your work for same price as glaze workshop, pay for both parts.

2 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP

2 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP

2 1/2 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP
 
3 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP
Saturday 8th June 2023
Saturday 8th June 2023
Saturday 8th June 2023
Sunday 9th June 2023
10.00 – 12.00 AM
2.00 - 4.00 PM
2.00 - 4.30 PM
 
10.00 AM – 1.00
10 students per class
£20.00 per person
10 students per class
 
6 students per class
£40.00 per person
£20.00 per person
£30.00 per person
TOTAL £75
TOTAL £60
TOTAL £90
 
TOTAL £175
SPACES 2 available
SPACES 3 available
 

SPACES 4 available

Summer Workshop Spaces Updated 22nd February 2024
 
Autumn Workshops September and October 2024
Gargoyle
Rhino
Hare
 
Dog
2 1/2 HOUR
GREEN MAN
WORKSHOP
2 HOUR TASTER SESSION
SMALL ANIMAL WORKSHOP
3 HOUR
MEDIUM ANIMAL
WORKSHOP
FULL DAY
LARGE ANIMAL
SCULPTURE WORKSHOP
Saturday 21st September 2024
Saturday 21st September 2024
Saturday 21st September 2024
 
Sunday 22nd September
2024
9.30 - 12.00 AM
2.00 - 4.00 PM
2.00 - 5.00 PM
 
10.00 - 5.00 PM
Size - 35cm diameter
Materials - Valentine
Sculptural Clay
Size - 15cm high
Materials - Valentine
Modelling Clay
Size - 30cm high
Materials - Valentine
Modelling Clay
  Size - 45 cm high
Materials - Valentine
Sculptural Clay
10 students per class
£55.00 per person
10 students per class
 
6 students per class
£135.00 per person
£40.00 per person
£60.00 per person
Option to choose either the small or medium animal design
 


Once piece has been made, it needs to dry and be bisque fired, which takes three weeks and then you have three options.
1. No glaze. Create own finish with paint or other materials and only pay for the first part of the workshop.
2. Three weeks after the first part, attend glaze workshop and learn about glaze application techniques, pay for both parts.
3. Let us glaze your work for same price as glaze workshop, pay for both parts.

2 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP
2 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP

2 1/2 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP
 
3 HOUR GLAZE
WORKSHOP
Saturday 12th October 2024
Saturday 12th October 2024
Saturday 12th October 2024
Sunday 13h October 2024
10.00 – 12.00 AM
2.00 - 4.00 PM
2.00 - 4.30 PM
 
10.00 – 1.00 PM
10 students per class
£20.00 per person
10 students per class
 
6 students per class
£40.00 per person
£20.00 per person
£30.00 per person
TOTAL £75
TOTAL £60
TOTAL £90
 
TOTAL £175
SPACES 7 available
SPACES 8 available
 

SPACES 6 available

Workshop Spaces Updated 19th February 2024
 
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Workshop Porcelain Jewellery
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Workshop Coiled Vase
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Workshop Gargoyle
Porcelain Jewellery by Jill
Coiled Vase by Julia
Green Man plaque by Lisa
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Workshop Gargoyle Pottery Class Animal Workshop Zoo CEramics Pottery Workshop Glazing
Carved Green Man plaque by Helen
Coiled Monkey Head Pot by Beattie
Bethany glazing her Red Panda
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Workshop Large Animal
Zoo Ceramics Workshops Large Animal
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Workshops Large Animal
Warthog by Meghan
Becky carving her Elephant
Hare by Soo

WORKSHOP DETAILS AND WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
• Tuition by two experienced ceramic artists. Learning pinch pot techniques, coiling, slab building and sculptural modelling processes.
• Worksheets, and use of books and other resource materials.
• Use of our bright spacious pottery workshop in a three hundred year old cottage in Waddington village, just five miles out of Lincoln.
• Materials - Valentines smooth and sculptural crank clays.
• Bisque firing and glazing options. Or you can paint your finished work in any paint materials for a realistic option.
• Use of all tools, brushes and equipment.
• Refreshments –Tea, coffee, herbal, soft drinks and biscuits. You are welcome to bring your own lunch if staying for the two classes or the full day sculpture workshop. There are also shops, cafes and pubs in the village.
HOW TO BOOK THE WORKSHOPS
• Please email us on the link below and we can send you back an application form.
• Please provide name, address and Postcode if you would like us to send the application back by post.
• Workshops are payable in full by post-dated cheque, bacs or cash – all the details will be on the application form.
• Gift vouchers are available for the workshops – email us with this request.
PLEASE BRING WITH YOU
• IMPORTANT. Please bring with you good images of the animal design you are going to create; especially if it is a pet. Take a series of photographs at eye level from the front, back and sides and the top and some detailed shots of the head. For any other animal please print out as many images of your chosen animal from sources like google images. Please note, we do have a good library of animal books, but your one may not be featured. It takes a lot of time out of our teaching schedule if we have to print lots of images from the computer. We do have a wifi connection, so you are welcome to use mobile phones, laptop and ipads. However please be aware that clay is wet and dusty and could cause damage to your equipment and we take no responsibility if this occurs.
• Sketch book
• Camera
• Overall, but we have lots of spare ones if you forget.
• Lunch if staying for double classes or the full day of the sculpture workshop.

COMPLETION AND WHAT IS EXTRA
At the end of the session, once your piece is completed, it will need to dry out for about 2 – 3 weeks before going in to a bisque firing.  You now have three options to finish your work, either by attending the glaze class three weeks after the making session, request that we glaze your piece or create your own finish.

Once your work is finished we will contact you to arrange collection, which usually takes about 4 – 8 weeks.

For any other questions you may have, please refer to the FAQ link at the bottom of the page.

Private Workshops
This is a price guide for those that want to create their own workshop or a taster session, outside the scheduled Summer and Autumn workshops.  The times of the sessions are flexible and can be altered to suit your needs.  The prices are for a making session and a glaze session that needs to be booked about three weeks later.  Please note that we do not run workshops in November or December.
PRICE GUIDE FOR PRIVATE AND GROUP POTTERY WORKSHOPS PER PERSON
SIZE
2 HOUR TASTER
3 HOUR PROJECT
FULL DAY SCULPTURE
1 person  Making
£50.00
£75.00
£155.00
1 person  Glazing
£30.00
£40.00
£  50.00
2 - 12 people Making
£45.00
£65.00
£145.00
2 - 12 people Glazing
£25.00
£35.00
£  45.00
TIMES
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
2 hours
10.00 - 12.00
1.00 -  3.00
7.00 -  9.00
3 hours
  9.30 - 12.30
1.00 -  4.00
7.00 - 10.00
Full Day
     10.00 AM            TO               5.00 PM
FAQ
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Coil
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Slab

Zoo CEramics Pottery Class Model

Coiled Bowl by Pete
Slab Windmill Box by Heather
Modelled Little Owl by Jeanne
WHERE IS ZOO CERAMICS?   At the Zoo Ceramics studio workshop and gallery in Waddington village, five minutes outside of Lincoln.  (Postcode LN59SA.)  There are lots of free parking spaces in the area and we also have a large driveway. Please be aware that the Budgens car park behind us, has a 2 hour time limit.  There is a post office next door with a parking area that is free in the evenings.  The classes are in the cottage at the back of the garden.  Go past the gallery to the opposite side of the cottage and under the trellis arch to the black door. To view a map go to the CONTACT section.
WHAT TO BRING   All tools and materials are provided, but you may want to bring an apron, some personal tools, a sketch book, camera and a drink.
REFRESHMENTS   Drinks and light snacks are provided on the workshops adn you are welcome to bring your drinks and refreshments on the group classes..
THEMES   During the Spring and Autumn terms a theme is introduced to the group to inspire and challenge the students to create some thought provoking pieces. Participation is optional, but a prize for the best piece is given at the Winter Feast.  Previous themes have included "Genealogy", and the cryptic titles "In the Box" and "Hidden by Design." The Summer term theme involves creating a piece for the raku firing.
GRASS HOPPER   We operate a "grass hopper" system, whereby if you miss a class, you have the option to" jump" on to another session in the following weeks to catch up. In this way you will not loss any money due to holidays or illness. This system only works if you inform us of any sessions you are going to miss, so that we can offer them to another student waiting for a space.  Unfortunately we can not operate the grass hopper system during the pandemic, but you are welcome to take clay home to complete work. You can also take advantage of the free sessions that we run during the year and use it as a catch up session for any missed classes.
RAKU   The Summer Barbeque Raku session is a popular event, which includes lots of food and flames.  You can see images of this event and pictures of the class work by clicking on the link at the bottom.
WINTER FEAST   In Mid November when the classes have finished we organise an optional get-together where we eat, drink and merrily announce the winners of the Project Competition.
COVID SAFETY   We have an enhanced cleaning routine when entering and leaving the pottery.  Students are spaced apart from one another in ventilated rooms. There are single table options for those that want to keep apart.  Each student will have their own tools, cleaning materials and equipment that will be thoroughly cleaned after each use.
CAN MY SON/DAUGHTER JOIN THE CLASSES?  As the classes are specifically for adults the youngest person we accept is 15 years old.
WHERE AM I ON THE WAITING LIST?  Contact us anytime for an update on your exact position.
ARE MY CONTACT DETAILS SAFE WITH YOU?  Zoo Ceramics will never pass on your personal details to any other party without your permission.
ARE YOU GOING TO CREATE MORE CLASSES?  No, the timetable is set for the year.
DO YOU OFFER A FREE TASTER SESSION?  No, as we already offer private classes and workshops.  We have also created extensive pottery class pages with lots of images that we feel fully explain our classes. You are very welcome to come and visit the pottery to see examples of the students' work and to see where and how we run the classes.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO FINISH THE COURSE, WILL I GET A REFUND FOR ANY MISSED CLASSES ?  Refunds may be given for specific cases, such as long term illness or allergies to materials, but this may be dependent us finding a replacement for the space.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL A WORKSHOP?  If you need to cancel a workshop that has been booked and fully paid, a refund minus £10 processing fee is refunded, or you can forward the total amount on to another workshop.
DO YOU DO THROWING ON A WHEEL AS PART OF YOUR CLASSES?  No. We specialize in hand building techniques.
CAN YOU RECOMEND ANY THROWING CLASSES IN THE LINCOLNSHIRE AREA?  To find all the current throwing classes in Lincolnshire, you need to put the request in google and it will high light all the current classes.  You could also try the Lincoln Art College, the Alford Craft Market Centre, Andrew MacDonald at the Pot Shop in Lincoln and the Oxcombe Pottery in Horncastle and The End Room in Sleaford.  You could also visit the Lincoln Makers' Market in the Castle Square on the first Saturday of each month, as there are several potters that attend that could put you in touch with someone who runs classes.
Pottery Class and Workshop Links
For more information about the classes and workshops please visit the links below.
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes
Zoo Ceramics Pottery Classes Pottery Classes
Zoo Ceramics Facebook Page     Zoo Ceramics Instagram
Coil Pot by Beryl
Flower Bowl by Bev

Updated 21st Februaryy 2024
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