Family Wild Pottery

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Two half-days: Saturday 2-4.30pm & Sunday 10.30am-1pm

28/29 July 2018

Cost* £145

2019 dates will be confirmed soon, and you can hear about them via my newsletter or by checking the website again.

* each booking is for 1 adult plus 1 child (and will appear on your booking confirmation as ‘1 space booked’). This course is suitable for children and young people aged 6-16

Venue: we’ll be based in  70 acres of ancient coppiced  woodland, on a family-run working  farm. A peaceful and beautiful setting. Dernwood Farm Waldron, Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN

family wild pottery courseFamily Wild Pottery is two half-day sessions in the woods for all the family as part of our summer holiday family craft courses programme.
An exciting, delightfully messy and alchemical process to be a part of. A truly valuable learning experience of the whole production cycle of making something from the initial, raw, foraged material to creating a finished product you can take home with you. Mud, water, fire and wood- it’s all in there.


  • Saturday afternoon is all about earth and water. We’ll dig the clay from the land and have fun making stuff from it, including pots, small figurines etc. Technical advice is on hand for helping you make your thing.
  • Sunday morning is all about wood and fire. We’ll put what we’ve made into a bonfire and watch the pieces glowing in the embers as they transform into ceramic.  Have a go at making fire without matches, using the ancient technique of flint and steel- an empowering and fun activity.

I thought this would be boring, but it’s fun. Isaac, aged 6

Really, really enjoyed those two days – we all felt very refreshed and inspired. I have my little pot on my desk to remind me of the wonderful experience. Simon M, Brighton.

family wild potteryAdults and children alike love the hands-on, immersive and elemental experience of Family Wild Pottery.  This course is suitable for all ages from 6 years old and upwards and no previous experience is necessary. Places are limited to 12 participants in total to ensure individual attention.

The course leader is Ruby Taylor. A qualified, experienced  teacher and maker, she is DBS checked.

Accommodation: make a weekend of it. Camping is available at the farm venue and full details of this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has fantastic glamping options, which are very popular so early booking with the venue is essential if you want to glamp.

Please note that the cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.


Thank you for such a wonderful weekend of digging, potting and fire-making. We all had such a blast, and learned LOADS. Arthur practised his spark making all the way home in the car, and has continued this morning at the breakfast table… He’s going to have worn out his flint by the end of the week. We will be back again for more adventures. Steve S, Bristol