Who I am & What I do

My name is Claire Waterhouse & I am a potter & teacher, based at Milford, in Surrey, UK.


Claire Waterhouse Pottery Studio 2014

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.


Claire Waterhouse Pottery Garden 2015

Birds eye view of the studio & pottery garden

Tea Set 1980's

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.


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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