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Clay workshop use of the Slab roller and Extrude +2017 course


Clay Retreat 16th January 2017

The Studio will open at 9pm for Meet and Greet with Coffee/Danish pastry before starting at 9.30. We have a good sized car park for up to 10 cars if you do reverse parking. The Studio seats up to 26 but the Course is only open to 15 maximum and a minimum of 6. All materials will be provided,  just bring a hair dryer and a box to take your items home. Refreshments are also provided. The course is open to anyone wanting to do clay work, whether you are a total beginner or have done some before. Throughout the day you will use the slab roller, clay extruder, clay paints and lots of tools and gadgets to make clay work a doddle!!

Morning course £25

Morning course 9.30am to 1pm £25 includes all materials

9am Meet and Greet with coffee and Danish Pastry

9.30am – 11pm we shall make a fairy door from earthenware clay, after drying it a little to leather hard then we paint it with my new clay paints that go on wet clay. This is then ready to take home for you to fire and then dip glaze and re fire, all paperwork is provided for all workshops

11pm coffee and Tea with Biscuits

11.10am making Flat ware, hearts coasters etc. with lettering and embossing, demo on how to clean, dry flat and colour them.

12.00am till 1.15pm we will model an owl or hedgehog incorporating clay lifting.

Lunch at 1.15pm free to anyone wanting to do the afternoon. Afternoon course £25.00

2pm  – making a bowl using a hump or sag mould. The opportunity to use lots of different techniques to colour it with clay paint.

3.30pm coffee and cake

3.45pm to 5.30pm I will demo how to Hand build a poppy, double rose, along with holly and berry’s, fruits and flowers You can hand make a dish to put them on time allowing.

The day will be very full on and everyone works at a different pace but the opportunity to learn all of the above is available to you and you have the paperwork from the sessions that you do.

I do hope you can join in a fun day at The Pottery. To book please fill in the form below with payment in full for the day or half day you are doing.

On booking you will receive a book of vouchers (worth £300) which you can redeem off goods or any future courses.


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Studio address The Pottery, 17 Mill Hill Lane,  Pontefract,  WF8 4JA West Yorkshire. Map and direction on web site + nearby hotels

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Clay workshop use of the Slab roller and Extrude

Have a day with Rachel “Claying around”. Learn all you ever wanted to know about using a slab roller and clay extruding. Dates arranged so far are Monday 7th April repeating Saturday 11th May in Pontefract. You can choose your own date with a group of 4 or more, or do a one to one at an addition cost.

The day is all-inclusive and you will produce several items in the day.  You will cover how to use both the clay extruder and the slab roller and how to dry clay correctly to avoided cracks.








This is a perfect course for anyone teaching in a School or Ceramic Café or just wanting to feed their hobby.

The studio clay room is large and was purpose built for clay so we can offering lots of projects so you can “pick and mix” what you do, a manual with all the projects will be given to everyone to take home so if you don’t do some of them due to time you will have step by step instructions to do it later.

  • Making a bowl on the slab roller with the help of clay sagger or a hump mould.
  • Weaving handles and ropes on pots
  • Making handmade tiles
  • Embossing clay
  • Weaving clay
  • Make a mirror
  • hearts
  • Baby hand and foot prints
  • Making flatware such as house plaques
  • Using Textiles in clay

The items can be fired and glazed for you at an additional cost or you can come back to the studio when it is open and glaze them yourself for an additional cost.

Rachel has 30 year experience in clay work and is passionate about teaching and never holds anything back. Rachel also travel teaches so if you have a location suitable for a course, give the pottery a call.




‘I recently attended a one day course with Rachel Byass and would highly recommend it to others. The day was bespoke to my needs and focused on areas where I needed more experience.   Most of the day was spent working with clay, where I had very little experience and by the end of the session I not only felt significantly more confident in working with clay but also inspired by the many many different ways clay can be used in the PYOP business beyond hand and foot prints. Rachel is a superb teacher who is passionate about educating others about her simple but very effective techniques.   I will definitely be going back for other courses with her’

Many thanks



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