Potters Wheel Formby, Merseyside
*Please note potters wheel sessions are running up until 31/8/19 and will return Jan 2020 due to Maternity leave, apologies for any inconvenience caused*
Have you always wanted to have a go on the potters wheel and try your hand at making your very own pottery materpiece?
Well now is your chance! here at China Butterfly in Formby you can. Our studio is just a short drive from both Southport & Liverpool. With help from one of our friendly staff you can create a fabulous piece of your own, sessions can be booked most Saturdays and some weekdays, please see below for more info & prices if you would like more info or to book just get in touch via the Contact Us page
How much does it cost & what can I make?
Potters wheel sessions are £25pp for a minimum of 2 people, the session must be booked & paid for in advance, you can either pop into the studio to pay or you can pay over the phone on 01704 831709
You can make either a small bud vase, a pen pot or a bowl, the price includes painting a design on your piece with glazes plus firing & glazing to make it functional.
The cost also includes painting a small pottery character with Acrylic paints while you wait for your potters wheel pot to dry a little so you can add some colours to it before you leave it with us to be fired & glazed.
How long does it take?
The whole session including the demo, making your pot on the wheel ,pottery painting & painting your potters wheel piece takes approx 1.5 - 2hrs
What age is the potters wheel suitable for?
Pretty much any age can have a go, our youngest potter so far was 3yrs old, and there is no upper age limit, as long as you are willing to have a go & get a bit messy anyone can make a pot on the potters wheel!
How does the session work?
Each person will take turns to make their own pot on the wheel (approx 10-15mins each) with 1 to 1 assistance. Once the pots are made they need to be left to dry off a little for about 30 mins, whist you are waiting for your pot to dry you can choose a pottery piece to paint in Acrylic paints (small character or upgrade to a mug in glaze). When your potters wheel pot has dried off a little you will be able to add some coloured details such as flowers, spots, stripes etc, when you have finished painting you leave your potters wheel pot with us to dry, be fired, glazed & fired again, this takes approx 12 weeks depending on the weather! & volume of pots going through the kilns. You can take your acrylic painted pottery piece away with you on the day.
To book please call the studio on 01704 831709 (tue-sat, 10-5)
Please note that due to limited space in the clay room there is only room for 1 spectator max, if you would like more spectators then please contact us beforehand as we cannot guarantee there will be space,
Optional add ons:
Upgrade to painting a standard mug in glazes rather than a small acrylic figure +£10pp (total £35pp)
Make 2 pots on the wheel each + £12.50pp (total £37.50pp)
Can you have a potters wheel party?
Yes potters wheel parties are available for adults, children and also hen parties, you can find more information about the parties on the party pages of the website Here
Please note that once booked potters wheel sessions cannot be refunded, if you fail to turn up for your slot with out prior notice or give less than 72hrs notice you will lose your full payment, if possible we will always try to rearrange your session for an alternative date, however this is not guaranteed especially at short notice.