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Courses schedule 2017, Summary

Thursday, December 15th, 2016


Hi mudslingers. With our festive season fast approaching, we’ve been receiving a flurry of enquiries for next year! Apologies for the delay getting our schedule live on the site. Our dates for next year are as follows. Full details including prices and booking availability will be up very shortly, promise!

*2 day Beginners 23/24 March

*3 day Improvers 4th – 6th April

*2 day Beginners 6/7 July

*Jar-making, earthenware, week beginning 10th July

*3 day Improvers 19th -21st July

*Slip-decoration, earthenware, week beginning 31st July

(photo credit: Ben Boswell)





h.Art and WAM taster workshops 2016

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

WAMstudiodemo.webh.Art, Herefordshire’s Open Studios event is fast approaching, kicking off with our Exhibition Private View on the evening of Friday 9th September. New to the Wobage Artisan Market for 2016 , WAM is delighted to be offering our visitors the opportunity to participate in a selection of taster workshops provided by several of it’s professional makers. These workshops will take place throughout the duration of the Artisan Market, on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.

Discover your inner maker at our Taster Workshops under expert tuition: Basketry for children and adults with Clyde Hoare, Pottery for children and adults with Jeremy Steward, Lino-cut, Mono-Print and Direct Relief with Anneliese Appleby, Felt-Making with Pearl Taylor, Bookbinding with Sarah Jarrett-Kerr and Card Braiding with Mary Jolly. Resident Wobage potter Patia Davis will demonstrate wheel-throwing and slab-building of her stunning earthenware domestic-ware and the WAM talk for 2016: ‘Wobage, Mick Casson and his legacy’ Ben Casson will share with us the compelling 40 year history of Wobage; through it’s transformation from dairy farm to a thriving creative hub for pottery, basketry, jewellery and furniture making.

photo: Ben Boswell

Beginners & Improvers courses July 2016

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

jugscanopy14.webOur two opening courses of the season in February and March are now fully booked. We have a second 2-day Beginners scheduled for Thurs.7th/Fri.8th July, and then a 3-day Improvers aimed at more experienced makers, Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th July 2016. By popular demand the latter has an extra day in variation to the 2 day course in March, providing budding intermediates with an opportunity to get really stuck in. These courses are now available for booking. Patia’s two earthenware courses in June and July are booking out fast, don’t delay if you fancy a treat this summer!

5 day Earthenware courses 2016 go live!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015


Patia’s hugely popular 5 day red-earthenware courses fall in June and July next year, and they are now live on the site and available for booking. We’re very excited to be welcoming James Burnett-Stuart down from his home and workshop in North Herefordshire for the Earthenware Throwing course. For further details check out the individual course pages and there’s more info’ on James and his beautiful pots on his tutor page.

5 day Earthenware Throwing and Slip-decorating – 29th June – 3rd July

5 day Slip-decorated Earthenware – 20 – 24th July


Wheel-throwing – Beginners/Intermediates 2016

Monday, December 14th, 2015


We are delighted to announce two short intensives for the new year, the first in February, the second in March. The first is ideal if you’ve never as much as touched clay before and wish to give wheel-throwing a go. Or perhaps you’ve dabbled in a previous life many years ago and you’re in need of a refresher.

The second 2-day workshop is designed more for those with some previous experience wishing to extend their skill base and ideas. You’ll find further details here: 2-day Beginners, 2-day Intermediates, where you’ll find links for availability and booking. We look forward to welcoming students old and new.

Course dates and details for Summer 2016

Friday, December 11th, 2015


Two courses are scheduled in for summer 2016.Fruit bowl by James

THROWN AND SLIP DECORATED EARTHENWARE . A five day course with Patia Davis and guest demonstrator James Burnett Stuart. …..  early July 2016, date…to be confirmed

SLIP DECORATED EARTHENWARE DISHES with Patia Davis. A five day course exploring slab moulded dishes and thrown and altered dishes. mid  July

Full details will follow very shortly, once all the dates have been finalised…

Summer term evening classes

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

kilndraw.webWe have had a late cancellation for the forthcoming summer term for Thursday evenings. New availability is a rare commodity so please get in touch hastily via the booking page if you are interested in joining us. Beginners are very welcome. You’ll find further details on the evening class page.


week 1 16th April
week 2 23rd April
week 3 30th April
week 4 7th May
week 5 14th May

week 6 21st May

no class 28th May – HALF-TERM

week 7 4th June
week 8 11th June
week 9 18th June

week 10 25th June

weeks 11 & 12   September date to be confirmed. Student Wood salt-firing of the ‘Phoenix’ kiln. The throwing studio will be open as usual, daytime and evening, for making  inbetween student stoking shifts.


Wild Wicker courses at Wobage

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

2014-06-25 20.53.04Basketmaker Clyde Hoare will be running regular introductory courses in basket weaving throughtout the year. These are day-long courses that introduce a basic understanding of basket making from its history to its place in the modern world. You will get to craft your own basket using green and dried willow, red and yellow dog wood and other seasonal materials. Clyde will guide you through the different stages of the basket and you will have a lovely handmade basket at the end of the day

The course costs £50 per person. This includes all materials, tea, coffee and homemade cake. To find out about a full range of courses, forthcoming dates and to make a booking, please contact Clyde on 07866138436 or


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Summer 2015

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

jugscanopy14.webJeremy and Patia are taking sabbatical from summer teaching this year, 2015, so there will be no intensive courses forthcoming this season. Many of you have contacted us, and we are very sorry to disappoint. If you would like to keep in touch and hear about future courses when they are made live on the website, please subscribe to our online newsletter. In the meantime, we hope that everyone has a fantastic year, and keep on mudslinging!

New Monday Evening Class for Jan’ 2015

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

IMG_1001.eve class studentjpg Monday’s class is a wheel- throwing course, catering for all skill levels from complete beginners to well experienced makers. We have a power-wheel for each student,  a maximum of nine for each 10 week term. There is a Saviac treddle wheel for anyone preferring foot power rather than electric! Alongside developing skills in throwing and handling,  there will be opportunity to evolve personal ideas through a variety of different making projects. The pots are once-fired, so students carry out every process from making through to slip-decorating and raw-glazing. Monday’s class will be using earthenware clay and exploring many exciting methods of slip application with a variety of vibrant colours.   This class keeps the same hours as the other Wobage evening classes, beginning at 6.45pm – 9.15pm. There’s a well earned break with a cuppa and piece of cake at the end. Patia Davis will be the tutor for this class, and can be contacted directly via her tutor page for bookings. We have a high demand for our evening classes, and anticipate that places will book out fast. So don’t delay, book now! Your place is reserved upon receipt of your booking form and a deposit cheque or transfer.