Summer Holiday Workshops!



With the holidays just days away and for those who’ve already started we thought we’d better let you know about all the ace family clay day and Sculpting studio activities we’ve got planned for our Blandford studio this summer!

Clay Days

Tuesday 26th / Thursday 28th July and Tuesday 23rd / Thursday 25th August! Starting at 10:30am or 2:30pm for 2hrs.

Each session starts with a quick wheel demo and talk through the tools on offer to help create sculptures and pots. Children are then invited to have a go themselves with the help (if needed) from our experienced and friendly potters! Once their pottery has been crafted and dried, participants are encouraged to coat their marvellous masterpieces with lashings of paint!  We then glaze and fire everything and will get in touch between 3-5 weeks later to let you know when to come and pick it up or for £15 we can wrap and pack your pieces and post them out to you.

These sessions are a great introduction to the young creatives in your life. They also give parents and children the opportunity to spend much needed time together and allow creative imaginations to come to life in a nurturing and free spirited environment.

Children from as young as 3 are invited to come and clay with us and you are welcome to leave your older ones here (10yrs upwards) if you need to do a bit of shopping in town or just have a break for a couple of hours!

Our sessions are £20pp and we advise booking in advance. You can do this by calling directly or sending an email.

Saturday Sculpting! 

From Saturday 23rd July right the way through the summer holidays we will be open for drop in pottery sessions from 10:30am – 12noon / 1:30pm -3pm or if you like to plan ahead we’ll be taking bookings the Friday before no later then 4pm

Prices start from £5 – £30 depending on what you make and whether you decide to take it away with you on the day or leave it with us for a fire and glaze!

Call us on 01258 455232 or email to book any of our workshops this summer and create memories that will last forever and ever!





Pottery Willies… It must be Hen Season!

A usual Monday morning photo shoot consists of a weekends worth of magical and exciting creative masterpieces produced from the extraordinary minds of the little people that join us for their birthday parties! I love seeing their works of art!

However I find myself this week with what only can be described as willies – lots of them… In fact in the last few weeks I’ve seen not much other than these blessed objects!

Last weekend saw our biggest hen party yet with 20 joining us for an afternoon of creative freedom crafting pretty, interesting and hilarious keepsakes!  Champagne, afternoon tea, dressing up and listening to favorite music encouraged these hens to get messy with clay and oh did they…!!

Here is a little collection from our most recent hen parties doing what they do best! Note to self if you don’t like willies look away!!

To find out more about our Hen Parties head to



Fizz, Friends and Pottery…It must be Ladies Night!

“The perfect way to end a busy week!”

Whether you’ve been rushing around with the children or manic in the office all week, Fridays belong to us girls! Rejuvenate your senses and unleash your inner creativity by joining us for Ladies Night. No Children and No office! Just you, your friends and a bottle of fizz if you fancy it!

Here’s what happened during the course of our latest evening workshop…


If you’ve enjoyed looking through our snaps and want to join us for our next Ladies Night workshop just get in touch by calling us on 01258 455232 or email Sessions take place every first or second Friday of the month and start at 7:30pm until late. It’s £25pp and booking is essential! You bring the wine and we’ll do the rest! Our next date is April 8th!

Fizz, Friends and Pottery…It Must Be Ladies Night!

The perfect way to end a busy week!

Whether it’s been rushing around with children or manic in the office all week, Fridays belong to us girls! Restaurants, bars and dare I say it gym are a thing of the past! An evening in the Pottery Parlour on the other hand is something entirely different… If you’d like to rejuvenate your senses and unleash your inner creativity then join us for Ladies Night! No Children, No office and no nasty hangover! Just you, your friends, our heavenly studio, as much clay as you can get your hands on and well go on then, a bottle of fizz if you fancy it!

Our March workshop saw this fab bunch get creative and by all accounts have a wonderful evening in the parlour!


We have workshops just like this happening through out the year on the first or second Friday of every month. Our next evening is Friday 8th April. Sessions start at 7:30pm until late and cost £25.00pp. Single and group bookings are welcome with a maximum of 12 ladies per workshop. Bring your own wine and we’ll do the rest! To book simply send us an email or give us a ring!

Lustre Firing Workshop

When you want to learn how to do something you’ll travel for it! And for an afternoon of  lustre firing Caya did exactly that! With 2hrs drive each way and on what felt like the coldest day in January!

This lovely lady was first introduced to lustre firing during a workshop demonstration in her local town and on closer inspection, looking with great interest at a pair of her mums earrings. (Pink stars lustred with gold edges). Her initial thoughts were that if she could be taught how to apply the lustre using simple techniques she could then go on to make and decorate pieces at home, this was all good and well until she realised nowhere close by could offer such a workshop…Until she came across The Pottery Parlour!

Here are the wonderful results from her workshop and with Vanessa’s guidance and technical advice these lovely pieces were decorated and fired in our kiln! She even managed to create a pallet wheel to help identify the colours and which bottles of lustre to buy when the time comes to do it alone!

Individual sessions such as this are available for anyone at any level whether it be just starting out or gaining knowledge to start your own projects.

“I was absolutely delighted with the course and the finished results which you kindly fired for me.  The afternoon course with Vanessa was perfect for me as I wanted to learn how to apply metalic lustres onto pieces that I had previously made and so the whole thing was tailored to what I wanted to achieve. Thank you so much for a very enjoyable 2 hours in your lovely pottery parlour”.


Farewell 2015 you’ve been beautiful!

With a warm fire gently crackling away in the background and a mug of tea in hand I should be finding it fairly easy to write this final post for 2015. Truth is I’m not! Looking back through the year in pictures it’s difficult to pin point exactly where to start. So because I joined the team in April I have decided to go with a round up of all the wonderful projects I have been introduced to since becoming part of the team! My recipe consists of: Glorious pottery created in house and out and about. What wigs and hats really get up to, festival fun, pottery shows and to top it off a kitty cat surprise none of us expected! I hope you enjoy looking back through our year. Oh and one final thought… #Heyclay! See you in 2016!



Tile Your Town is a celebration of all things clay! We have teamed up with the British Crafts Council to bring you a workshop that is sure to get your creative juices flowing. On Saturday 5th December we will be fashioning a door from wet clay, slicing it in to pieces and offering it to anyone who wishes to come and take part in our workshop. Tools, stamps and paint will be on offer to help you craft a tile into a beautiful piece of Blandford history. Once created and painted the tiles will be fired in our kiln and reassembled ready for the grand unveiling in February 2016.


Alongside TILE YOUR TOWN we are running a fabulous competition! With the winners taking centre stage to our mosaic mural.

All you need to do is… Draw, paint, make a collage or write a poem about something you love about our fabulous little town on a piece of A4 paper. The winning designs will be digitally printed on to individual tiles and make up the centerpiece to the door. There are 6 places to be had and anyone of any age is invited to take part in our competition.

Please send your pictures with: Name, email, address and tel no to: The Pottery Parlour 3 West Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AW or email:

We look forward to welcoming as many of you lovely lot in to the studio on Saturday 5th December for our FREE workshop!!




October/November – Christmas is nearly here!

Well October came and went pretty quickly didn’t it? Here we are with mid November fast approaching and Christmas appears to be just around the corner to. Ahh!! Oooh!!

October saw our half term clay day workshops fully booked with lots of happy potters visiting the studio. We’ve been busy almost every weekend helping to celebrate Birthdays and Hen parties and we’ve welcomed a new potter to the team! Lucy our newest member has been experimenting with clay for years. She is a teacher and finds pottery relaxing in her spare time. When she is not doing either of these, Lucy loves spending time with her children and walking her dog!

Throughout October, Vanessa and the team have been busy beavering away creating The Pottery Parlours first proper shop! We are delighted to announce that The Pottery Shop is now open for business! We are here Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm until Christmas Eve. Please pop in when you are next in Blandford Forum to discover and marvel at the delights of Vanessa’s award winning ceramics. All current collections are here as well as samples from her new SS/16 collection, which include delicate blue and creamy white pieces with her signature gold lustre embellishment. Please note – The pieces you purchase from our shop are a snippet of the gallery prices! So, If you are a lover of beautiful handmade ceramics and want exquisite gifts for your friends and family this Christmas our shop is the place to be!