Residential ceramic workshops in Hastings


I am running short residential ceramic workshops from my studio in Hastings.
Perfect if you fancy a short break by the glorious seaside along with a chance to try your hand at pottery.

I also teach the wonderful, random art of smoke firing.
Please follow this link to my website to find out more about my ceramic workshops and how to book them.
And this is the link to my Airbnb rooms.




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Ceramic torsos – angel


Very smoke fired ceramic torso with a pair of wings; the piece is made in 3 parts and the dimensions is about 23” x 37” or 60 cm x 93 cm.
I like the way the wings are seriously scorched.
This is the last one in the series. You can find more info about the sculpture following this link

Thank you for looking!



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Ceramic bird sculptures

These two ceramic bird sculptures flew off to Somerset today…

They are about 5 – 6” tall and almost the same in circumference…and they are made from smoke fired clay.
To see more Fat Birds, please visit my website.

Thank you for your visit.


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The beauty of dissolving


This is how you can re-use old clay. Allow the water to dissolve and break down old structures.

then, you dry the clay slurry on plaster bats and start again.

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Hen parties and clay

DSCN1098_editedClare is getting married in the morning…
Her sister Lucy arranged for the hen party to come for a ceramic workshop to make some celebratory  hens. And pheasants. The plan is that the bird sculptures will be ready for the wedding and displayed during the celebrations.

After a few glasses of prosecco, it all went swimmingly.
Have you got something to celebrate? Or some ideas you’d like to turn into clay?
I’d love to hear from you!
You can find me here



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Smoke firing One on One Workshop

Alexis Mary has just returned from Austin, Texas, with a load of ceramic sculptures she wants to smoke fire.
She booked a One on One smoke firing workshop in my studio in Hastings.  I really like her work, and I think smoke firing might suit it very well. And once you know the basics, you can experiment on your own to achieve the effects you want.


She daubs some red iron oxide on one of her stunning vases with Mousie Tung, the nosy cockatiel, on her shoulder.


some amazing work goes into the bin…

And once the oxides are applied to everything, the work can be loaded into the smoke bin outside on the patio.

Alexis Mary adds sawdust, soot, salt and some other magic ingredients and sets fire to the lot. (Love that bit!)
The sawdust will smolder all through the night. And.

The next day, at about 4 pm, the bin was cool enough to remove some absolutely magnificent sculptures.
To inquire about, or book, a workshop, please go to my website .


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Sold, ceramic torso

So I got an email from an art collector in Sydney who wanted to buy  a ceramic torso he had seen online. My favourite, as it happens. Swift, a male ceramic torso with a bronze effect finish…which took me two days to apply.
So all that was great, except I did scratch my head a bit about how to get it safely from my studio in Hastings, England, to Australia.
And once you start looking for couriers/shipping options on places like uShip, Shiply and other auction sites, you come across so many dodgy outfits, it is unreal. I must have spent a full day online, searching. And the more obvious couriers, such as Parcelforce or DHL, offer no insurance and I have seen the size of their lorries…
Finally Joe, the client, came up with a firm that’ll  undertake to ship it.  They’re called Pack & Send and they’ll insure the parcel as well as pack it professionally. And they offer a door to door service. Happy days.

To see more of my ceramic torsos for sale, please go to my website.

Thanks for looking!

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Never Not Broken

I have found a new Goddess I like the sound of. Her name is Akhilandeshvari, which translates as ‘ The Goddess never not broken’.
She is an aspect of Parvati, the Hindu Goddess of fertility, love and devotion as well as divine strength and power.
Here she is, riding her vehicle, the Crocodile.


The crocodile is a symbol of fear, and she is riding it.
Akhilandeshvari  symbolises a female power that is always changing, always broken apart in order to create something new. When we are torn apart, lying in a heap on our beds thinking we may as well just die, this is where we are at our strongest (according to her teaching). Because now we can find a new way to be. If only we realized it. Because nothing ever stays the same. There is no ‘happy ever after’, just atrophy. Akhilandeshvari will teach us how to use our fear as a creative tool.
Riding our fear, holding on to the crocodile that may grab us and spin us around and around in order to disorientate us and gobble us up, is all we can do in order to grow up and become the Mistress of our own destiny.
These old Hindu philosophers knew a thing or two about the human psyche. Here is a link to some more info about her

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Summer Art Show


I put some torsos and plaques into St Michael’s Hospice Summer Art Show
Really cheap, actually, hoping they’ll sell and help with the ongoing fund raising.

The private view is tonite; Get down there and grab yourselves a bargain!

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Ceramic workshops – birds are optional

I am considering training up my parrots to become pottery teachers…Carolyn came to Hastings to stay at my Airbnb and do a pottery session. I am not sure she realized what she had let herself in for.

Here Mousie Tung is inspecting a coiled pot under construction while Goldie is preening Carolyn’s hair.

Mouse and Goldie usually stay in their cage while I run my workshops, but Carolyn decided she wanted to meet them – and they loved the attention.
If you would like to try your hands at pottery without a wheel, then I would love to hear from you.
This link will take you to my website where you can find out more.

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