Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully we have covered the answers to any questions you may have below, or elsewhere on our website. If not, please get in touch.

General

What is the maximum number you can take in a scheduled workshop or class?

Class numbers are restricted to 10 adults or 8 children. This is not only due to space limitations, but also to keep the classes friendly and to maximise the one-to-one time with the tutors and assistants.

Can I put my name on a waiting list?

If the class you require is full, you can put your name on our waiting list. After the last day of term, you will be notified of free places, which will be available to book on a first come, first served basis

Do I need to bring anything?

Generally, unless otherwise stated, all materials and equipment (except clay) are supplied, however you may wish to bring your own tools, aprons etc. Please note that there is no space available for storing personal equipment outside of class times. You may also wish to bring items that inspire you.

Starter packs of tools are available to purchase at the pottery for £10

If you are unsure about anything, please discuss with your tutor who will be able to advise you.

Where do I buy clay?

The course fee does not include clay. Stoneware clay be purchased via your tutor for £11 per 12kg bag.

Please do not fire your own clay in our kilns without first checking with your tutor and completing a test firing.

How do I pay for firing and glazing?

Bisque and glaze firings are chargeable at £3 per kg. Students are asked to record their work in the firings book and settle the amount at the end of term.

We have a glaze room and glazes are included in the cost of the firing. Please do not bring in and use your own glazes without first discussing with your tutor and completing a test firing.

What kilns are available?

We have electric kilns.

Do you rent out kiln space?

For capacity and logistical reasons, we are not able to rent our kiln space, provide firings for people not attending 318 Ceramics classes, or for commercial production.

Do you offer Raku?

We run raku firings on a week day afternoon from April onwards, during the summer term, for current students. These will be available to book.

Are your workshops, courses and classes suitable for children?

Our Children’s Creative Clay Club is after school on Tuesdays (7-10 years) and Thursdays (10-15 years). Over the course of ten weeks the children learn the basics of the main ceramics techniques.

Adult classes are strictly 18+

Some workshops and taster sessions are 16+. Please check booking information.

Requests for workshops, courses, classes, master classes and master days

If there is something you would particularly like to see covered that is not currently on our programme, please do let us know! We can’t make any promises, but all your feedback will help us create an even better programme delivery.

Is the studio available for private hire?

Yes, please get in touch if you are interested in booking our workshop for a small corporate event. Prices are dependent on requirements.

Food and Drink

Rise ‘n’ Shine Bakehouse runs the Farnham Pottery Café, Tuesdays to Saturday 9am-4pm serving coffees and light lunches.

Their menu supports local food producers which includes an award winning local butcher and wonderful coffee from Cupsmiths.

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Booking

How do I book?

Course bookings are online, via paypal secure payments.

All current students have until the end of the existing term to re-enrol. Students may continue in the same class for following term, provided all payments for glazing and firing are up to date, and fees are paid before the last day of term.

After the end of term, applications will be accepted from the waiting list and other new applicants as well as existing members, on a first come first served basis.
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Can I turn up on the day of a course?

All of our courses and workshops are bookable in advance only and we will not be able to accommodate you if you were to turn up unexpectedly. We respectfully ask you do not put our tutors in that position. We hold a waiting list for our programme should a space become available you will be contacted and offered a place. This will be done on a first come first serve basis.

Location and opening hours

What are 318 Ceramics opening hours

Classes are scheduled throughout the week days. The administration office is usually manned Mon-Wed 10am-2pm. If you would like to come and have a look around it is best to email info@318ceramics.co.uk to confirm this will be possible.

Where are we located?

We are located at The Farnham Pottery in Wrecclesham. Please see our contact us page for our address, directions and map.

Is there parking?

The Farnham Pottery has a car park, accessed via Quennells Hill.