Unique Cottage Pottery
The pottery holds classes weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays. Each class runs for 2 hours and there are morning, afternoon and evening sessions. The cost is £13 per class payable in blocks of six classes. The price includes clay, glazes and all firings.
All of the classes are full. However please contact either Kim or Fiona to go on their waiting list.
Kim Chappell - Studio Potter
I have always loved creating things and in my early years of teaching science, mainly biology, I dabbled in pottery in my free time and became hooked!!
Like many working mums I didn’t have a lot of time for hobbies, but when my boys were much older pottery evening classes allowed me to continue my passion for ceramics.
Once I took early retirement an opportunity to teach ceramics at Unique came up and I took it! I love it!
My love of the natural world, especially plants, influences the types of pieces I make. I have worked with many clays but terracotta earthenware and porcelain are my favourite media. Every piece you make is a challenge and it does not always work out. Your skills are tested constantly often producing surprising results. That’s the joy of ceramics!!
I run three classes at Unique on Mondays, mornings, afternoons and evenings. They are all full at the moment but if you want to go on the waiting list please e-mail me at
Fiona Swepson- Studio Potter
Compared to many potters I am relatively new to the world of ceramics, having only been practicing it for just a few years. However, in that time I have become completely besotted with this branch of art and now see beauty in the simplest of everyday pots.
Bernard Leach and his grandson Simon Leach have been a big influence on the forms I like to focus on, not to mention the challenge of repeat-throwing.
Recently I have been working on layering slips to reveal spectrums of colour and movement on functional pots. It can get messy but that’s one of the great things about pottery!
Fionas' classes are held on Tuesday mornings, afternoons and evenings. The classes are currently full but to put your name down on a waiting list please email or call 07717 258492.
Tony Orvis - Studio Potter
On taking early retirement I was fortunate in being able to follow my interest in art.
After spending some time painting and then making fine art prints I found pottery and was hooked!
Clay is a wonderful material, so versatile. The forms that can be made, surface textures and glazes that can be used gives the artistic endless creative opportunities.
I now teach only occasional master classes.