Lesley McShea ceramics & pot throwing workshops

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Place Category: Creative Workshops, craft courses, Makers, and ceramics

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  • Discover Lesley McShea ceramics and pot throwing workshops in Stoke Newington, London

    Ceramics is my life-long passion and I have been perfecting my craft for over 25 years.

    I am a professional member of the Contemporary Potters’ Association and the London Potters.

    My pieces have been featured in group exhibitions since 1982 and I have been a regular participant in open studios.Clay attracts and applies a form of therapy, compelling people to caress it. It drives a compulsion that seems to form a sort of addiction; Mother Earth the healer.


    Wheel thrown and press moulded texture

    My work is mostly wheel-thrown with some press-moulded textural combinations.

    I reference elements of ancient artefacts, period garden ornamentation and architecture in my work. I produce a wide variety of functional, individual, one-off pieces including: elevated stemmed vessels, birdbaths, sconces, lidded bowls, vases, and candle bowls.

    I prefer to use grogged stoneware clay due to its durability and versatile nature to produce rough, volcanic finishes. The surfaces are distressed in order to maximise the contrasts in the dry vivid glazes I use.


    Tuition and classses

    Venue: Church Street Workshops, Guttridges Yard, 172 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0JL

    Times: Advance booking and payment is essential. Sorry no refunds.

    Techniques: The techniques I teach are varied and include: Pinch pots – Coil pots – Slab pots (soft and firm) – The use of moulds (including sprigs) – Wheel throwing (for advanced students only) – Decorative techniques –  Glazing fired pieces (usually another lesson or similar)

    Capacity: Spaces are strictly limited to 6 – 8 people per session. This means, I must request a level of commitment from anyone considering attending my classes.

    Cost: Classes are £25 per person/session. Materials are paid for by dry weight.

    Everything is provided to ensure the sessions are an enjoyable experience. Come and get your hands muddy!



    My work is available to buy from my Etsy and Folksy shops as well as other galleries and online marketplaces. Click here to see a full list of my stockists



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