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14 Of The Best Pottery Classes And Cafes In London

Pottery is trending! Ditch your screens, grab your aprons and get ready to throw, spin and paint.

Find a kiln near you in our guide to the best pottery classes and cafes in London.

North London

Social Pottery Painting

Unwind at these BYOB pottery painting sessions for adults in Kentish Town.

Choose from over 300 pieces that you can stamp paint, stencil and decorate with your own freehand. You can order in food or bring your own (is this the perfect date night venue?).

This is a relaxing, creative experience with design books on hand to spark your imagination!

Prices for the BYOB sessions start from £5.00, plus the price of the ceramics.

120 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 9PY.

Clay Time

Head to Highbury to make your own pottery from wet clay, paint pre-made ceramics and arrange adult or children’s parties.

Clay Time is a not-for-profit community interest space. The courses are all accessible, really good fun and brilliant for introducing kids and adults to new skills.

Half-term courses for kids cost £87.00 for 3 two-hour sessions.

168 Blackstock Road London N5 1HA.

Art4Fun

This BYOB creative cafe encourages imaginative play for all ages, from babies to grandparents!

Choose from over 500 items ready to paint, or create clay keepsakes from your babies footprints. Take your camera and capture the messy session on film!

Art4Fun can arrange special events at your chosen location.

Children’s parties cost from £22.00 per child.

172 West End Lane, London, NW6 1SD

Ceramics Sculpture Studio

North Londoners will love this relaxed studio, which offers one-day courses and taster sessions to try your hand at throwing.

The studio is located in a beautiful Victorian Warehouse, under the patronage of Kingsgate Workshops Trust.

Regular exhibitions are held at the studios and an online shop features beautiful ceramics that will inspire your creativity.

A beginners five-week course is £280.00.

Studio 12, 114 – 116 Kingsgate Road, West Hampstead, London, NW6 2JG

South London

Melisa Dora Ceramics

Melisa teaches a range of pottery classes from taster sessions to 3 part tuition on the wheel and hand-building. Melisa has over 10 years of experience and loves passing on her skills to budding potters.

One to one and group workshops are available in her lovely hidden studio behind a beautiful antique furniture shop in South East London.  

Classes start from £85 and can be arranged with Melisa on a day and time that suits you both.

Hop Market Studios, 60 Honor Oak Park, London SE23 1DY.

The Kiln Rooms

The Kiln Room is for everyone, from curious beginners to trained practitioners.

There are three studios in Peckham Levels, Bellenden Road Arches and Copeland Park. Book in for one-off Sunday afternoon taster sessions, throwing courses, masterclasses and drop-in sessions.

A Beginner’s Taster Course costs £140.00.

Peckham Levels Studio: Unit 202, Level 2, Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST.

The Pottery Cafe

For over 20 years, this South London-based company has fired the imaginations of amateur potters from their gorgeous cafes in Fulham and Battersea.

The Pottery Cafe is a fun spot for hen-dos, work-dos and children’s parties. Exclusive pottery is available from Emma Bridgwater, and their toys shops burst with traditional wooden toys.

There is a £6.99 studio fee per painting person plus the cost of the ceramics.

  • Battersea: 153 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6QB.
  • Fulham: 735 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5UL

Punk Me Up Ceramics Cafe

This energetic cafe was established by busy East Dulwich mum Toni Millen.

(c) Alpine Moon Photography

She has created a stimulating space for kids and adults alike, away from those dreaded screens.

Many of us promote creative activity in our kids but as Toni says, “unless your front room resembles a fully equipped art studio, making…can be complicated.”

Enjoy a Saturday off with coffee, a slice of handmade cake and watch your kid’s creativity explode.

(c) Alpine Moon Photography

Studio charges start from £3.50 for a child over the age of 2.

34 East Dulwich Road, London SE22 9AX.

Ceramics Studio Co-Op

New Cross is bursting with artists and makers, and this ceramics studio is a fantastic community space that aims to make pottery and ceramics more accessible.

The studio is run by the artists who work in it. The weekly daytime, evening and weekend ceramics and pottery classes include brilliant introductory classes like Throwing on a Potters Wheel and Kiln Training.

The Throwing on Potter’s Wheel class costs from £57.00.

17C, Juno Way, New Cross, London, UK SE14 5RW

East London

SkandiHus

This stunning pottery studio in Hackney Downs is inspired by Scandinavian design, minimalism and natural materials.

(c) Justin DeSouza

Danish ceramicist Stine Dulong has designed one-day pottery taster sessions, drop-in sessions for more experienced makers and lots of other exciting classes and workshops to share her passion for beautiful design.

Classes run on weekdays and weekends, and private events can be arranged. You won’t want to leave…

(c) Justin DeSouza

Pottery Taster Sessions are £45.00.

4 Tilia Road, E5 8JB (also at 90 de Beauvoir Road, N1 4EN)

Crown Works Pottery

Treat yourself to a day out in Bethnal Green and book onto a class at this intimate studio.

Choose from taster, beginner or intermediate classes, taught by professional full-time potters. We love that class sizes are limited to eight people, which ensures high-quality teaching in a friendly atmosphere.

View courses and book online, and maybe treat a friend to a gift card.

Prices starting at £55.00 for a two-hour taster session.

11 Crown Works, Temple Street, London, E2 6QQ.

Creative Biscuit Ceramics Cafe

This vibrant pottery cafe run by Karen and Tim focuses on craft, ceramics and good coffee!

The cafe is open seven days a week, and you can buy a takeaway kit to create in your own home. There is a Kids Clay Club every Thursday, and adults can enjoy evening events where you can BYOB.

The studio charge is an affordable £4.00.

61 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1JJ

West London

The Ceramics Cafe

Let your creative juices flow at this affordable ceramics cafe chain, with London branches in Kew and West Ealing plus other locations in Surrey and Kent.

There is no minimum or maximum age restriction and all finished items are food safe. Visit the website to see excellent party deals for kids.

The Studio charge is just £2.00.

6 Argyle Road, West Ealing, London W13 8AB

Kite Studios

Kite Studios is located in bustling Shepherd’s Bush. The studio promotes community creativity through its huge range of pottery programmes for kids and adults.

They are now a Community Interest Company (CIC) and have established the Kite Studios Sponsorship Fund to provide spaces on art courses for children and adults from families that need help to attend creative classes.

The Friday Pottery Novice Nights cost from £30.00.

2b Bassein Park Road London W12 9RY

Where do you like to go to try your hand at some pottery in London?

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