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26 June 2021, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Join ceramicist Ali Hewson for a one-day workshop looking at the Kettle’s Yard ceramics collection and making your own decorated plate or platter. Your plate or platter will be fired by Ali and ready to collect from Kettle’s Yard a couple of weeks after the workshop.

£125, booking required, includes private tour, refreshments and 10% discount in the café and shop, lunch not included

About the workshop

Taking influence from the domestic ceramics at Kettle’s Yard, including work by Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and Jim Ede’s own eclectic collection of pottery and crockery, the day will start with a private tour of the House gathering ideas and sketches to use in surface designs for a plate or platter.

You will be guided through the process of press-moulding a plate or platter and then decorating using slip and natural oxides. There will also be the opportunity to decorate a bisque fired plate or platter with a second design in order to deepen your understanding of what the clay is like at different stages of the making process and to enable the use of different underglaze materials such as underglaze pencil.

What’s included:

  • All tools and materials required to work with on the day
  • Refreshments
  • 10% discount in The Garden Kitchen café at Kettle’s Yard. Please note lunch is not included.
  • 10% discount in the Kettle’s Yard Shop, valid in-store on the day of the workshop only.

About Ali Hewson

Ali Hewson studied at Camberwell College of Arts, graduating in 2013. Ali’s practice is informed by her training as an illustrator, which can be seen in the use of gestural slip and the fluidity of the drawn line and her ongoing research into historical ceramics, often from museum collections. Ali was selected to participate in the TOAST New Makers programme 2019. She is a regular contributor to the Sainsbury Centre Learning Programme.


The Clore Learning Studio is fully accessible. It can be reached by stairs or by lift, to the basement -1 floor. There is an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities in the basement beside the Learning Studio. There are more toilets and facilities on the ground and first floors. The making part of the workshop will take place in the Clore Learning Studio.

The House is not fully accessible and includes a spiral staircase in the cottage and other stepped levels. The extension to the House is fully accessible and we are happy to accommodate all visitors wishing to join.

Terms and Conditions

Tickets are non-refundable.

If you need to cancel your booking, please inform us in writing as soon as possible at

No ticket may be resold or transferred.

We ask that you let us know at time of booking, of any allergy or food intolerance, and any dietary requirements.

Kettle’s Yard reserves the right to alter any part of the programme if necessary. We will only cancel courses after careful consideration, but reserve the right to do so under exceptional circumstances. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be informed in writing as soon as possible and course fees will be refunded in full.