Shall I take a taster pottery class or a private pottery lesson?

Shall I take a taster pottery class or a private pottery lesson?


Do you want to learn how to make pottery, but are unsure of where to start? One of the questions we often get asked is "Should I take a taster pottery class or private pottery lesson?" It’s a great question! At the end of the day, it comes down to preference and budget. So, let me tell you a little about both, and hopefully we can help you decide which would be best for you.

What is a Taster Pottery Class?

At Keeeps, we have two different types of taster class; the clay taster class and the wheel taster pottery class.

Both are designed for beginners and to give beginners and refreshers a taste and reminder of pottery techniques.

What is a Clay Taster Pottery Class?

Our Clay Taster Class is designed to give you an all round knowledge of the different techniques of making pottery

The majority of this 3 hour session will concentrate on learning hand building skills. You will be with up to 7 other students and 1 tutor.

Professional potters use this technique, which includes the coiling, slabbing and pinching methods, to make sculptures, cups, plant pots and vases among other things.

This is where you'll get used to the feel of clay, and use the various tools in the studio to achieve the texture and shape you desire. You will choose your 2  best hand building pieces to underglaze later on in the session.

You'll then spend around at least 10 minutes of the lesson on the potter’s wheel. You'll get used to how the clay behaves on the wheel, and get a feel of centring the clay on the wheel which is the all important first step to wheel throwing success.

As your handbuilt pieces will not yet be dry, we offer a range of underglazes that you can apply towards the end of the session. Underglazes are not as solid in effect as glazes that are applied after firing but they certainly do the trick. If you succeed in throwing a piece on the wheel that is worth keeping, this is too wet for glazing so we will apply a clear shiny glaze for you before you receive it back.

You can read more about our brilliant Clay Taster Classes and current pricing here.

Women making pottery in a pottery class

What is a Wheel Taster Pottery Class?

As the same suggests, a wheel throwing taster class concentrates on making pottery on the wheel. You won't learn about hand building techniques in a wheel taster class, but instead will spend time getting to know the process and methods of throwing pots on the wheel. 

If you've ever watched “The Great Pottery Throw Down”, you'll know that this method of making pottery is more technical, so it requires a little more time to understand. 

In this 2.5 hour session, you will joined by up to 5 other students and 1 tutor, and each student will have their own wheel. The session starts by teaching you how to centre the clay on the wheel head. This is the process of getting the clay to stick properly to the wheel, so it doesn't fly off mid-throw! Then, you'll practice how to pull up the clay, and you'll try and make some basic pots.

You'll get to choose your two best pieces that you'd like to keep, and we'll clear glaze them for you so you have a lovely memento of the day.

You can read more about our Wheel Taster Classes and prices here.

What will you learn in a private lesson?

Our bespoke private pottery lessons are for those who want a more focussed pottery session with a tutor. It is a more expensive option but definitely worth it if you want a more focused session or you simply want a more exclusive experience.

On this one-on-one session with a friendly and experienced potter, you can either come by yourself or with a couple of others. The maximum amount of people is 3 on a private pottery lesson. We also offer exclusive party options for groups of 4 or more.

A private pottery lesson is 2.5 hours in length, and you can choose whether you want to practice hand building or wheel throwing or both. It's totally up to you.

For current pricing for private lessons, please contact us on 01628 397000 or complete the online enquiry form and we will come back to you within 24 hours. 


woman making pottery on the wheel

Advantages of Private Pottery Lessons

1. Tutor Time

For two and a half hours, you'll have the undivided attention of an experienced potter. The tutor will be able to watch your technique and give constructive feedback to help you progress. 

2. Smaller Group Size

This links with the first point. A smaller group size means more time with the tutor. If you have a specific goal for your pottery lesson or journey, then you can ask the tutor questions easily, and work at your own pace.

For those that feel worried about keeping up with a group (although we encourage people to work at their own pace, whether in our classes or private lessons!), then a private lesson could be a great starting point for you.

3. Set your goals

In a private lesson, you can let us know in advance what exactly you'd like to focus on. If you really want to make something on the wheel, we can solely work on your throwing technique, for example.

If you want to make something in particular, a cat sculpture for example, we can work on hand building techniques to help you get there.

woman throwing pots on the pottery wheel

Advantages of Group Taster Pottery Classes

1. Meet New People

Learning something new can be daunting. In our classes, there is a real collaborative energy, with everyone learning at the same time and exploring the world of clay! 

The studio is either full of laughter, or of blissful, quiet moments where people get lost in their creations. It's a great atmosphere.

2. Learn from your peers

Having the opportunity to watch others, or ask others questions, is a fantastic way to improve and learn. 

3. It's Relaxing!

Learning something new can be intense. Our group taster classes are designed to be informative, fun and relaxing.

No stress if you don't get it first time, we want you to enjoy the process, which we guarantee you will in a taster pottery class.

group pottery lesson

So, should you join a Taster Pottery Class or Book a Private Pottery Lesson?

Our advice would be, to go with what you feel is right for you. Both are wonderful experiences and it all comes down to your budget and whether you want a group experience or a something a bit more individual. 

Generally, our advice is that private lessons are perfect for people who:

  • Want to commit to learning how to make pottery; 
  • Have a specific skill they want to master;
  • Have little to no previous pottery experience or have some experience and are looking to refresh their skills;
  • Have something in mind that they would like to make, or work towards making;
  • Want to make pottery with a couple of friends or family members; or
  • Think they would benefit from a 1:1 rather than group setting.

Our Taster Sessions are perfect for people who:

  • Want to give pottery a go and see what they think;
  • Have never tried pottery before or tried it some time ago;
  • Do something fun on your own or with friends or family;
  • Meet new people;
  • Have a laugh;
  • Do something mindful; or
  • Learn something new in a relaxed environment.

group taking a pottery class

And don’t forget that we also offer private pottery parties for groups of 4 to 30 people, with discounts for large parties. To find out more about private parties, please call 01628 397000 or complete the online enquiry form.

Now, it's time to make some pots!

We hope this blog post helps you decide how to begin your pottery journey! If you have any other questions, pop them in the comments below or email us at

We can't wait to see you in the studio soon!

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