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Wheel-throwing stoneware half-day WAM 17

Friday, August 25th, 2017

studio.webRunning alongside our Autumn h’Art open studios exhibition, Jeremy will be running a half-day taster session in wheel-throwing stoneware on the morning of Saturday 16th September 2017, 10am – 1.30pm. For full details and availability, please view the individual course page. Beginners welcome. (photo credit: Ben Boswell)

Wobage Artisan Market September 2017

Friday, August 25th, 2017

locklampPlease join us at Wobage for WAM 2017,  a spectacular one-day market place of contemporary crafts and fine foods, on Saturday 16th September.

Hand-printed lino-cut wall papers, greetings cards, prints and textiles from Anneliese Appleby

‘Kitchenwood’ locally sourced wooden utensils designed and made by Wobage’s own Ben Casson, from spatulas to pizza peels.

Cowmeadow Flower Farm, with their organically grown, English country garden cut flowers.

Herbal Harmony, natural skincare and cosmetics from Monmouthshire

Luxury natural aromatherapy candles from Cotswold based ‘Hestia’s Flame’.

Locklamp, internationally renowned energy efficient lighting by Colin Chetwood and Nick Grant.

Contemporary blown glass from Kathryn Roberts, hand-made in the Brecon Beacons.

Sarah Tassell makes hand felted fibre art, inspired by natural form.

From the fine food producers you’ll delight in delicious cakes, ice-creams and sorbets, wood-fired pizza and a selection of locally produced ciders, perry, juices and beers.

Wobage Workshops, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye. HR9 7QP. Open 10am – 5pm.


Courses 2017 now live!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

xmastrees.webOur programme of Courses for 2017 is now live and available for booking. Jeremy runs two 2-day ‘Beginners’ in March and July and two ‘Improvers’ in April and July. The first Improvers is a 3-day and the second invites ‘Jug-making’ as it’s theme with a slightly longer duration of 3 and a half days.

Patia has a very exciting excursion afoot, to tutor and demonstrate in the studio of Margreet Bijpost in Baambrugge, Holland which is on the outskirts of Amsterdam. This is a 5-day course in Porcelain Wheel-throwing. Back at Wobage in July, Patia orchestrates four days of ‘Jar-making’ in earthenware and then in August her ever popular ‘Slip-decorated Earthenware’, also 4 days in duration.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or a maker with many years experience, there is something suitable for everyone! We hope that you enjoy a browse, and very much look forward to welcoming the new season of courses in 2017. Wishing you all a happy and hearty Christmas and New Year. Jeremy, Petra and Patiaxxx

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

Wobage Gallery Sale

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

bargains.March'16The Wobage Gallery opens for the season this weekend Saturday 5th March 10am, with a one day only bargain sale of seconds and old stock. Pots by Patia Davis, Sheila Herring, Petra Reynolds and Jeremy Steward and a few baskets from Clyde Hoare. DONT’ MISS IT, ONE DAY ONLY. Wobage Gallery is then open for the season, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm.



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!

Petra Reynolds – New pots at Wobage Gallery

Friday, December 18th, 2015


This Saturday 19th December is the last chance before Christmas to choose from a selection of fabulous hand-made work from the Wobage Gallery, from pots and kitchen-wood to baskets, jewellery and textiles. Returning from a break from pot-making, Petra has a fantastic selection of her slab-built domestic ware, fresh and hot from the wood-salt kiln. Snap ‘em up, they are going fast!

Open 10am – 5pm Wobage Makers Gallery, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye. HR9 7QP. Tel. 01989 780495.

(The gallery is then closed in January and February, re-opening in March. During winter closure please ring for an appointment if you would like to look around the gallery.)



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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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Basketmaker joins studios

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

clydebasketWe are delighted to welcome basketmaker Clyde Jefferson to the Wobage studios. Working in the upstairs of the Farm granary, Clyde works alone creating a range of traditional baskets, handmade from a wide variety of natural hedgerow materials.  All materials are sourced from renewable and sustainably managed hedgerows.  They include willows of many types, dogwood, privet, holly, spindle tree and many others.

Clyde is inspired by the colours of nature, and by the geometric patterns he creates as he weaves and crafts a myriad of shapes and sizes from big log baskets, laundry baskets and plant containers to fruit bowls, gift hampers, shopping baskets, sewing baskets and wastepaper bins.

By reviving this ancient craft, he has realised the relevant application of natural, renewable materials and its place in a modern lifestyle, from replacing plastic shopping baskets to providing a living fence to surround your garden.

Baskets can be made to your specifications – if you can think it, Clyde can make it!