“Claire Waterhouse Ceramics”
Bespoke Ceramic Design
Who I am & What I do
My name is Claire Waterhouse & I am a potter & teacher, based at Milford, in Surrey, UK.
I specialise in throwing on the potter’s wheel, and offer one-to-one tuition. Teaching is totally flexible and you are welcome to visit me by appointment.
Birds eye view of the studio & pottery garden
My work is mainly wheel thrown using white clay & coloured slips. I make pots with a mind to share the pleasure of use, and particularly with thought of presentation in the kitchen. My pots are all hand crafted, affordable, and a British product, to enjoy everyday.
I use simple forms and crisp shapes and I particularly enjoy turning and refining the surface. Sympathetic consideration informs the decoration, and I love colour.
I work on small batches of items, which allows me to stop to reflect on success of pieces.
Whilst I relish the private time that I am able to spend in my studio, I equally enjoy sharing my skills with others.
I hope you enjoy what you see on my website, but if you have design ideas of your own, please do contact me for bespoke work, or even a chance to make your own ceramic design.
“Claire is a highly experienced potter with a flair for teaching everyone from complete beginners to the more experienced. Her patience, sense of humour and enthusiasm makes every lesson a rewarding experience. If you want to learn pottery I recommend lessons with Claire Waterhouse.” – Hilary
“Claire’s classes are innovative and fun, involving a variety of techniques that inspire Becky to produce many beautiful and useful objects” – Sarah
“Dear Claire, thank you very much for the excellent pottery throwing experience you gave for my son and daughter. They absolutely loved it and were so pleased with the pots they made. You had such a great way of teaching them and were amazingly patient and helpful which made the whole experience a memorable one. Thank you also for the nice cake and tea !!. Look forward to coming back for lesson 2” – David
These are hand thrown ‘Elephant cowls’ for ‘Limnerslease’ in Compton, Surrey. UK – This original grade 2 building was the home of George and Mary Watts, and I recently made these 3 chimney top pieces. Very proud!
Personalised stoneware grave stone/ pebble
Hand made tile. Frog on a Lily pad
Giant hand thrown and sculpted apple
Hand thrown and slip trailed pitcher
Detail of carving and slip detail on hand thrown jug
Claire Waterhouse demonstrating 2014
A summer pasta dish served in a handthrown lotus bowl
Hand thrown and carved fruit bowl 2015
Hand thrown pitcher with carved rim, calligraphic painting and slip trailing
Hand thrown and faceted biscuit barrels. 2015
Detail of calligraphic painting on faceted jar
New vessels for 2015
Display shown with Jane McKeown Textile Art backdrop.
Handthrown fish bowl
His & Hers handthrown ‘Buzz’ Jugs
Calligraphic Cobalt Bowl
Arabesque Sgrafitto bowl, stoneware
Inlaid sgrafitto Bowl
Slip Trailed Arabesque bowl
Saggar fired lidded vessel
Smoke fired vessels
Parties, Workshops, Classes & Tuition
Whilst I relish the time that I am able to spend in my studio developing my own style, I equally enjoy sharing my skills with others.
Interior of the PPHQ
GIFT VOUCHER TUITION
The cost for a 2 hour introductory session is £60
From April 1st 2017, the price will increase to £70
This is the price for up to 2 people sharing, as I offer one to one tuition. It’s fine if you want to come to enjoy your time with a friend; I don’t charge any extra for a twin introductory lesson- it just simply means that you enjoy your shared time together, and you both learn through observing during the lesson.
The Portable Pottery Gift Voucher example
To organise a personalised Gift Voucher, just send me the message that you’d like me to include and I will prepare it for you, and forward by email, ready for you to print out if necessary, or simply forward to your friend.
I send full details and payment instruction when I send the voucher to you. It’s simple, and very fast!
Gift vouchers are valid for 1 year from the purchase date.
ONE to ONE TUITION costs are £70 for a two hour lesson.
From April 1st 2017 this price will increase to £80
The SHARED LESSON cost is
£70 for a two hour lesson, for up to 2 people sharing one wheel.
This will increase to £80 from 1st April 2017
For students who are more advanced, I have two wheels that can be used.
The cost is £50 pp for a 2 hour lesson
Please contact me for larger party bookings.
As a guide, I am able to comfortably accommodate 6-8 people in my studio.
In the summer months my garden marquee can also be utilised for a larger party.
Garden Pottery Studio
All prices include materials and firing costs, plus hot drink & homemade cake/biscuits.
Your pottery will be ready for collection in approximately 4 weeks.
Alternatively you can arrange for postage & packing at £5 per piece.
Tailored to your own requirements, I can come to your own private venue, with my pottery wheel, and 4.5 x 3 metre marquee, (if required).
The cost for this option is based on £30 per person, and includes materials and firing costs.
From April 2017 this cost is increasing to £35 per person
This price is based on a minimum booking of 8 people.
The hire of my marquee is £50, and my hourly rate for travel is £40
Alternatively you can also plan a garden party at
The Portable Pottery Studio, with afternoon tea.
Please contact me to discuss your plans.
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