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10 August 2019, 10am – 4.30pm

Join us for a one-day workshop exploring the studio pottery in the collection at Kettle’s Yard followed by a Kiln Cambridge studio tour and an opportunity to create your own piece in the studio.

In the morning, enjoy a private tour of the House at Kettle’s Yard following tea and coffee. Learn more about pottery and ceramics through seeing and understanding the work of potters such as Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie and William Staite Murray and other important ceramicists. The work in the House and Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space exhibition will be introduced by one of our knowledgeable visitor assistants and two of the creative staff from Kiln Cambridge.

Then, take part in a creative session in the Clore Learning Studio where you can start a sketchbook of thoughts and ideas with tutor support, taking inspiration from your tour. Following a break for lunch (not provided) the group will travel to the Kiln Cambridge studio by minibus.

The afternoon session will start with ‘Inspiration and Aspiration’ – linking students’ experience in the House with discussion about their own piece. A studio tour and induction will be followed by an introduction to glazes and mark-making on clay with an opportunity to practice on clay tiles, time spent on surface finishes will be followed by tea.

After tea, choose two of your pieces for final glaze firing. You will be notified when the piece is ready for collection.

Tickets £170, including two refreshment breaks, all materials and firing costs, a private tour of the House, a piece of your own work to keep

Click here to book now.

This workshop is open to all, no previous experience required.

About the tutors

The programme leader is Tarragon Smith. Tarragon holds an MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London. He is a successful potter and artist and is the chief potter at Kiln Cambridge. An inspirational and encouraging teacher, Tarragon will be joined at points by Bilgin Soylu, whose background is as a physicist specialising in electronic ceramics, his interest in Japanese ceramics has produced some exciting glazes and surfaces.

The artist Stephanie Hemming will also support the programme by giving feedback, leading discussions and tutoring on drawing and mark-making.


The Kiln Cambridge studio and most of the House at Kettle’s Yard are not possible to access in a wheelchair due to the historic nature of the buildings.

Click here for further information about access at Kettle’s Yard, or call 01223 748100.

Important information for the workshop

Due to conservation and security reasons, no bags, including handbags, or large coats are allowed in the House.

The day will begin at Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ and will end at Kiln Cambridge, 61 Ditton Walk, Cambridge, CB5 8QD.

Terms and Conditions

Tickets are non-refundable.

If you need to cancel your booking, please inform us in writing as soon as possible at Kettle’s Yard Courses, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 OAQ or email us 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.