All classes and workshops are currently postponed until further notice due to the current health crisis. I will update the details once we are out of lockdown. Stay safe.

Classes and workshops – for adults and children

Weekly Ceramics                       £150

10 sessions

Mondays 10am-12pm

Tuesdays 7-9pm 

Wednesdays 10-12pm                    

Thursdays 10am-12pm or 7-9pm

A chance to learn how to build your imagination in clay using all hand building techniques (not throwing on a wheel). 10 weeks of expert tuition in a well equipped ceramics studio. Suitable for beginners through to the more experienced. Materials and firings included.

The next courses begin the week starting the 13th January 2020.

Children/Family ceramics classes

Sundays 10-11am   or 11-12pm £75     10-12pm £150

The classes are an hour or two hours to learn hand building and modelling techniques as well as all about the process of ceramics and glazing techniques.

There will be 10 weekly sessions with a break for half term. The course includes materials and firing.  There are no age restrictions but under 5s will need help from a parent or guardian during the class.

If you’d like more information or to book a place please contact me, email paula@parmstrongceramics.co.uk or call me at the studio on 01480 700280.


Clay Play DaysMonster1

Half term 19th February 2020

10:30 – 12:30pm & 1:30-3:30pm

£25 per participant

Fabulous holiday fun for children of all ages!  Each 2 hour session gives participants the chance to make their own model or pot in clay.  Inspired by their amazing imaginations children make their creations in stoneware clay which is then fired and finished ready to be collected 2 weeks later.

Maximum of 10 participants per session.

To book places please email paula@parmstrongceramics.co.uk or call the studio on 01480 700280.

Group fun!

I’m also happy to do activity sessions and clay workshops for groups, formal or just a group of friends at a time that suits you.  Just get in touch and we can discuss what would work best for you.

For more information on all workshops and activities please sign up to my newsletter or feel free to get in touch.


Saturday Workshop programme

10am – 3pm

£85 per person

A series of monthly one day ceramics workshops to try your hand at a new skill or refine an existing one.  Each workshop has it’s own theme and is a great introduction to clay or chance to concentrate on improving a particular technique.

Coming up…

The next Saturday workshop is on 21st March and will be inspired by ‘Figure.’ Maybe a sculptural figure or a vessel decorated with figure inspired adornments, this is a great workshop to explore hand building in clay with a potential to focus on modelling techniques.

This workshop will give you the chance to learn the basics of hand building in clay or, for the more experienced, to push the clay to its limits.

Each workshop is followed by a 2 hour glazing workshop 2 or 3 weeks later.  All workshops are based at Paula Armstrong Ceramics studio, Fenstanton, are suitable for beginners to the more experienced and  include all materials and firings.

For more information and to book your place please use the contact form, call 01480 700280 or email paula@parmstrongceramics.co.uk

The next Saturday workshops will be:

  • 18th April – Weather
  • 23rd May – Architecture
  • 13th June – Decorative

Fused Glass Workshops with Sarah Hunt

Sarah is returning to the studio with her fabulous fused glass workshops.

Sat 16th May – The workshop is all about beautiful coloured glass with different glass base sizes from tiles to pendants.

All workshops are 1-4pm at the studio in Fenstanton and are suitable for all abilities. These 3 hour workshops are a wonderful chance to create your own beautiful items in fused glass.

The workshop costs £55 per person including materials.


Needle felting workshops with Felt and Dandy

10am – 4pm on Saturday 25th April 

Join Nic from Felt and Dandy and learn all basic needle felting techniques whilst making a delightful little hare. This workshop is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of needle felting.

The workshop costs £45 per person and you will learn how to make a beautiful needle felted Hare. It will cover various all basic needle felting techniques for most creations which I will demonstrate and talk you through step by step throughout the day.

By the end of the workshop, you will have learnt:
1. Use needles and needle felting tools,
2. Make 3d shapes in felt,
3. Make flat felt
4. Join shapes ,
5. Blend colours,
6. Add contour details,
7. Attach eyes and legs.

All other materials will be provided. You will get to go home with a finished creation plus some off cuts and trimmings from the day.

The next needle felting workshops will be:

  • 27th June

Nic Cremona works as a wool sculptor and instructor, concentrating on needle felted wool creations in particular . He previously worked in industry and ran a packaging design team in Scandinavia for 15 yrs. His work can be seen in shops and galleries across the Northern Home Counties and East Midlands. You can find him on Facebook at Felt and Dandy.


Lino Print an Easter tea towel with Kate Aldridge Art

Saturday 4th April

1-4pm

This workshop is about learning how to linocut, carving a design onto lino, and hand printing  a cotton tea towel.

Once you have decided upon your design or motif, I will show you how to transfer this onto Lino. We will then go through how to carve the lino with different techniques and carving tools. Once carved, we can then layout our tea towel for printing your design.

I will have some inspirational books and print-outs for help on images during the day but if you have any ideas, or printed images/sketch books, please bring them along to develop at the workshop.

The workshop will run from 1pm to 4pm, and costs £40 pp.

Just get in touch by phone 01480 700280 or email paula@parmstrongceramics.co.uk to book your place.

About Kate Aldridge Art: Kate is a Printmaker and Ceramic Artist. After graduating with a BA (hons) in Fine Art Printmaking, she has continued on to produce Lino Printed cards, stationery and homewares made from her own designs often inspired by nature, travel and vintage kitchenalia.


Mindful Ceramics

Date tbc

1-4pm

A workshop combining ceramics with meditation and mindfulness. The session will begin with some meditation and mindfulness exercises followed by creating with clay while maintaining mindfulness, concentrating more on the process rather than outcome.

£50 per participant. Prices include materials and firing (if needed!).

Just get in touch by phone 01480 700280 or email paula@parmstrongceramics.co.uk to book your place.


Glazing with Commercial Brush-On Glazes Workshop

Saturday 28th March
1-4pm
£50 per person

A new workshop to explore the glazing process using commercial brush-on glazes.  After running through the principles of the tiles and testing process, we’ll use a set of test tiles to try out different glaze combinations aiming for a particular type of finish. The tiles will be fired so you see see how they come out.  Testing usually takes more than one iteration but this workshop will give you the basics to continue the process yourself.

In addition we’ll look at glaze additions and possible effects, talk through the process of firing a kiln, consider what happens to a glaze when it’s fired and look at common glaze ‘faults’ and their possible causes. We’ll also run through aspects of health & safety that should be considered when using glazes.

The cost includes materials and firing. I have over 100 different brush-on glazes made by different manufacturers that can be used for testing. Each participant will also have a set of 20 test tiles to use, a notebook that will become your glaze book and a set of reminder notes on all the aspects we work through during the afternoon.

Please email paula@parmstrongceramics.co.uk or phone the studio on 01480 700280 to book a place.

This workshop is not about making your own glazes.


One-off workshops and special projects

Group wporkshop leafletI have experience running craft and ceramics workshops tailored to a specific group from Brownies and schools to a family or group of friends interested in trying their hand at making in clay. I can run workshops in my studio or bring everything that’s needed to you in your venue so if you have an idea and would like to chat it through please give me a call.

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