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Get Hands On with Clay - 10 Week Course (Summer)

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Get Hands On with Clay - 10 Week Course (Summer)

Rural Arts Thirsk
Tuesday 21st May

10 Week Ceramic Course. £350 (Basic materials included)


Tutor: Fiona Mazza

Join us for this tutor led ceramic course, aimed at beginners as well as those with some experience in a friendly, supportive studio environment. 

Learn about the properties of different clays including earthenware, stoneware and porcelain and the rudiments of mould making and slip casting. Glazing will also be taught alongside surface decoration. Fiona will guide students to undertake their own projects and develop their creativity.

This season Fiona will be exploring Raku, a type of Japanese pottery that is traditionally characterised by being hand-shaped rather than thrown; creating fairly porous vessels which result from low firing temperatures.

Please bring an apron, sketchbook and notebook. 

All work will be fired on site and paid for by kilo of dry weight - currently £3 per kilo. This is an additional cost. 

Basic materials and glaze will be included in the price including all clay, slips and transparent glaze. Other specialist materials can be purchased. 

All equipment will be provided.

Fiona has been teaching for over 15 years and making for 20 years in her own studio in Pateley Bridge. 

For more information please email

Tuesdays 14th May - 16th July (10am-4pm) The Courthouse, Thirsk Tickets Available: 0
Ticket 350.00

Workshops at Rural Arts give you the opportunity to learn or develop an artistic skill in a relaxed, creative environment and are all suitable for beginners. Our tutors are friendly, passionate and have lots of experience and knowledge to share with you. We want your day with us to be relaxed, offering you a bit of escapism and the chance to get to know like-minded people (plus there’s the bonus of getting to take something you have lovingly made home with you!).

Get to know others in the group whilst enjoying a drink in the Rural Arts Café before heading through to the workshop to start getting creative! The Café will be open throughout the day for you to get drinks and delicious lunches and cakes. Visit the café page to view our menu.

Please bring an apron.


Disability Access

If you require any special assistance in the workshop, please let us know in advance.

Car Parking

The Courthouse offers disabled parking for Blue Badge owners. If you will be needing to use the disabled parking please contact us prior to arrival so we can reserve you a place in our carpark. 

Wheel Chair Access

The Courthouse has wheel chair access into, and throughout, the building. There is a lift providing access to the second floor and disabled toilet.

If you are coming to a workshop or performance please let us know in advance so we can allocate a space for you in the audience or studio.


If you have purchased a place on a workshop or to one of our performances at The Courthouse and are bringing a carer with you, please let us know when you book your place. Carers are welcome to attend the activity, but if they wish to participate they will need to book a place. 

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are allowed in the building.

How To Find The Venue

Planning Your Visit

  • A short walk from Thirsk Market Place
  • Local parking
  • Disabled parking, access and toilet
  • Games, books and activities for children
  • Children’s menu
  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chair


Get Hands On with Clay - 10 Week Course (Summer)

Get Hands On with Clay - 10 Week Course (Summer)
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