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Alex Allday Ceramics & Surface Pattern Design

1 Day Porcelain Hand Building & Surface Decoration Workshop

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Learn how to hand build in porcelain and decorate your pieces with ceramic designer Alex Allday in her studio at Middleport Pottery.

During this 1 day workshop you will learn the process of hand building in porcelain clay along with how to apply a variety of surface decoration techniques using coloured slips, stains, different tools and objects to create sgraffito, textures and patterns on your own beautiful set of porcelain pots.

The first part of the workshop will be practising rolling out porcelain clay to the right thickness and applying the different surface decoration techniques onto clay tiles/ plaques or coasters. You will then go on to hand building and decorating your first pot. This will be the smallest pot which can be used as a tealight holder or small plant pot.

After a lunch break you will go on to making and decorating your second hand built pot which will be a taller pot perfect to be used as a candle holder/pen pot or small vase. There will be an opportunity to make a 3rd larger pot (time dependant) which will make a great planter pot.


When : Saturday 16th July 2022

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: £80 per person

 Which includes all materials and firing


Max number of participants 5

Min age 16+

Held in Alex’s Studio – @ No.5 , Middleport Pottery, Port Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3PE

There is flexibility with the pieces that you want to make on this workshop. You can make a couple of the same pieces mentioned above instead of 3 different ones or you could make a hanging planter pocket piece (see images) instead of one of the pots. If you have a particular piece or idea in mind that you would like to make then just let me know and I will facilitate this if possible.  


 All abilities are welcome and you do not need to have prior knowledge and experience in ceramics. With keeping it to a small group, you will each get one on one support and guidance throughout the workshop.



- Your pieces will be fired after the workshop and will be ready to collect from my studio the following week. I can post them out to you at an additional cost to cover P&P

- Tea’s, Coffee’s and refreshments will be provided throughout the workshop.

- Aprons will be provided but wear old clothes and shoes

Any other info…
If you have any particular designs, patterns and objects for inspiration that you want to work from please bring them along.


T’s & C’s

If for any reason you need to cancel your booking then this needs to be done at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop and a full refund will be given. Unfortunately any cancellations made within 14 days prior to the workshop start date are unable to be refunded.

If the workshop has to be cancelled due to covid-19 or illness then you will be offered the option to reschedule the workshop subject to my availability.  


Gift Vouchers 

Gift vouchers can be sent if you are buying it as a gift for someone. Select the 'yes please' option from the drop down menu if you would like one. They are an additional cost of £1.50 and will be sent out 2nd class within 2 workings days after ordering. 


Can’t make the date advertised but would like to do the workshop? then don’t hesitate to get in touch as I can arrange to do this workshop with yourself or a small group of you on a date that suits.

I run workshops Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm

Contact details:, 07731921250