Wimbles Farm - Ceramic Courses

‘All inclusive’ basis or 5 weekly classes for non-residents

Are you looking for a creative pottery break in East Sussex? I provide a well-equipped, heated barn studio space, lively demonstrations, fun tuition & guide you through traditional skills from hand building to wheel throwing on 3 electric or a kick wheel. Try throwing a pot or make a piece of contemporary sculpture for house or garden. Choose from different clay bodies, add slip decoration or underglaze colours. Incorporate recycled glass or transfers if desired. I have plenty of inspirational pots, photos and books to spark your ideas but do bring your own if you have something specific in mind. The ceramics are bisque fired after drying, in an electric kiln ready for you to return to decorate & glaze. Some plastic aprons are provided but you’ll need short finger nails and old, warm clothes are best. Great idea for artistic hen parties or special birthday breaks – gift vouchers available on request!

Price for Residential All-Inclusive Pottery Holidays

  • From £99 to £125 per person per night based on 2-5 guests, min 2 nights, doing the same activity*.
  • ‘All-inclusive basis’ means accommodation, breakfast, lunch, refreshments and an evening meal is included every other night of your stay with us, giving you the chance to enjoy the local pubs.
  • Family groups are welcome with children over 12 years at the same price.

Price for Non-Residential Pottery classes

  • Available Tuesday morning 10.00-12.00 or Tuesday evening 19.00-21.00 with refreshments
  • Minimum 5 week commitment – £80 payable in advance
  • Adults or children over 12 years, all abilities welcome

Pottery Tutor – Sue Ramsay-Smith

My artistic journey was inspired by my mother with painting but once I touched clay I realised I’d discovered the medium for me!  Working in clay fulfils my practical side and my potential for creating in 3D blossomed. The primordial nature of using clay appeals to my sense of tradition yet allows my individual style to evolve as I discover its varying qualities when thrown or sculpted.  I embrace the dedication required to maintain the skills for throwing functional pottery but relish the freedom of handbuilt, larger scale organic pieces.

I enjoy making sculptural, oxidised stoneware with recycled glass for gardens and thrown, sgraffito, earthenware for local shops & galleries and am happy to do commissions.

I’m Resident Potter at Gallery North, Hailsham, a member of Kent Potters & Sussex Arts Collective. I was Chairperson of Sussex Potters for many years and have exhibited with London Potters & Weald Crafts.

“Making pottery is a timeless occupation, and the best of pots through the ages have a quality of timelessness about them that transcends chronological and cultural boundaries.  Their appeal is universal.  The essence of form, the movement of a brush, the quality of surface, the hidden meanings, and the integration with mankind’s daily existence over several thousand years, all add to the significance of the art.” (Excerpt from Functional Pottery, by Robin Hopper.)