Learn to throw pots and paint with one of the UK’s leading majolica potters. The course location is set in a beautiful rural village beside Fitzhead Church and Tithe barn with a good local pub and B&B. 

COVID-secure days bookable now. Masks can be worn for closeup work on the wheel.

She is unusual among potters in that she is also a painter. She studied Fine Art (painting) at the Central School of Art and was apprenticed to the renowned Alan Caiger-Smith at Aldermaston Pottery. In her 30 year career, Nicola has established a national reputation for her painted tin-glazed earthenware.

Day courses in Nicola’s light and airy studio.

  • Introduction to majolica pottery
  • Coffee and demonstration by Nicola
  • Learn the basics of throwing pots on the wheel
  • Three wheels available for everyone to have a go
  • Discover the delicate art of painting on tiles


  • Lunch – a potter’s lunch of home made soup, bread, cheese and fruit (dietary needs can be catered for) or your own picnic if your prefer
  • Tea and cake
  • Your two painted tiles will be fired and posted to you
  • Aprons but please wear old clothes also long nails not ideal for throwing!


  • Your thrown pots can be fired, glazed and posted to you
  • There will be a charge to cover this, based on number and weight of pots


  • £600 per day, for a group of four
  • Ideal therapeutic present, vouchers available
  • Subsequent days available too