Category Archives: Pottery

Art and Craft Workshops in Stony Stratford

Pottery – Morning, Noon & Night !
Courses or workshops in the daytime, evening and weekends will be starting soon and are suitable for all levels. Let us help you make as much as you can !
4 weeks : Thurs 17th Oct (6-830 pm) and Mon 4th Nov (10-1230 am)
1 day ; Mon 28th Oct and Sat 23rd Nov
Other Classes Beginning in October
4 week courses : Drawing & Painting for Beginners on Wed 16th (6-830 pm) and Introduction to Oil Painting on Wed 30th (130-4 pm)
1 day Workshops : Photography on Sat 5th Oct ; Mixed Media Madness on Thurs 10 Oct ; Oil Painting on Wed 23rd Oct ; Sugarcraft on Fri 25th Oct
0.5 day Workshops : Acrylics on Sat 19th Oct ; Card Making on Thurs 10th Oct and Sat 26th Oct

All our classes are limited to a maximum of only 6 students so you receive all the individual support and personal attention you need.

Roger Whittaker
Stani Gallery
01908 567656
70 High Street
Stony Stratford



Craft and Design Experience

Craft and DesignThe Craft & Design Experience will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here’s a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.

Book tickets in advance and save money!

Advance tickets on sale until 6 June. To order telephone 01622 747 325 or visit our website.

Workshops and Activities

Ocarina Playing
Have a go at playing a fully chromatic, concert pitch pottery vessel flutes and ocarinas.

Throw A Pot!
Have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. Suitable for all ages. Pots can be fired and glazed. Glaze colours can be seen on the work being exhibited.

Felt Making
This workshop enables you to make your own piece of handmade felt to take away.

Scarecrow Making
A fun workshop for younger visitors wishing to make a scarecrow!

Clay Sculpture
Handbuilding clay sculpture workshop run by international wildlife sculptor, Jan Sweeney.

Didgeridoo Experience
Interactive flute and didgeridoo experience by the maker, Ray Brook.

Batik Workshop
Learn about batik and make your own piece of batik.

Singing Workshop (Saturday only)
The Barberettes are Berkshire’s premier ladies a cappella group renowned for their energetic and passionate renditions of popular songs from the 1920s to the current day. Why not join them in a singing workshop to learn a song in four part harmony?

Demonstrating the art of caricaturing. Drawing on the spot cartoon portraits and contemporary art. Have a caricature done of yourself and your family.

Ceramic Decorating
An enjoyable workshop decorating ceramic hanging ornaments (hearts, animals, beach huts) with mixed media. Ready to take away in an hour and suitable for adults and children.

Make a Fabric Sculpture
Explore your artistic talents and make a beautiful fabric sculpture. Each workshop will consist of between 8-10 people which will allow Susan personally to help and encourage you while you create your own masterpiece to take home. Contact Susan for advance booking and more information:

Blacksmithing Workshop
Have a go a creating your own metalwork to take home!

Don’t miss this exciting event – a showcase of the best handmade designer crafts in the UK. The Craft and Design Experience has earned an enviable reputation for selecting only the very best professional designers, artists and craftmakers and, unlike some other craft events, has a strict policy of not allowing any imported, mass-produced or bought in work to be displayed.

Stani Gallery, Stony Stratford – workshops and latest news

New workshops, new art, Artists and News

Check out the Stani Gallery website at

New Artist in Glass – Julie Larrett

Herts Visual Arts – Open Studios 2012

Herts Visual Arts Open Studios 2012

8th – 30th September


Click here to visit the website and download your own copy of the brochure

You also can pick up a free printed copy of the brochure from LIBRARIES, TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES, and a wide variety of galleries and other commercial outlets across the county including:

ASHWELL – ASHWELL GALLERY, Dixies Yard, High Street, Ashwell SG7 5NT

BERKHAMSTED – ART@88, 88 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 2BW

BERKHAMSTED ARTS & CRAFTS, 29-31 Lower Kings Rd, Berkhamsted HP4 2AB

RE:CREATE, Town Hall (rear of) 196 High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3AP

UPSTAIRS GALLERY, 268 High Street, Berhamsted HP4 1AQ


HARPENDEN – ARTSCAPE, Marlborough Park, Southdown, Harpenden AL5 1PW

HARPENDEN TOWN HALL, Leyton Road, Harpenden AL5 2LX

HATFIELD – PALACE GREEN GALLERY, Stable Yard, Hatfield House, Hatfield  AL9 5PD

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD – PAPERTRAIL, Frogmore Mill, Fourdrinier Way, Apsley HP3 9RY


HITCHIN – THE ART NEST, 4-5 West Alley, Hitchin SG5 1EG

KNEBWORTH – ART VAN GO, The Studios, Stevenage Road, Knebworth SG3 6AN


LETCHWORTH ARTS CENTRE, 2 The Arcade, Letchworth SG6 3EW


NORTON WAY GALLERY, 51 Norton Way North, Letchworth SG6 1BH

THE SETTLEMENT, Nevells Road, Letchworth SG6 4UB

SAWBRIDGEWORTH – TUDOR HOUSE GALLERY, 38 Knight Street, Sawbridgeworth CM21 9AX

ST ALBANS – BY GEORGE, 23 George Street, St. Albans AL3 4ES

COURTYARD CAFE, 11 Hatfield Road, St. Albans AL1 3RR

LEADING ART at BLOOM, 107 Victoria Street, St. Albans AL1 3TJ

SECRET GARDEN CAFE, 9a George Street, St. Albans AL3 4ER


TRESTLE ARTS BASE, Russet Drive, St. Albans AL4 OJQ

STOKE MANDEVILLE – OBSIDIAN ART, Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, HP22 5XJ

WARE – ARTSHED ARTS CENTRE, Westmill Farm, Westmill Rd, Ware SG12 OES


WATFORD MUSEUM, 194 High Street, Watford WD17 2DT

WELWYN GARDEN CITY – Request a brochure direct

or by emailing your name and full postal address to

Sunday Morning – Blog Time!

This is a blog by ceramic artist Fiona Thompson – look at that neat workshop!

Fiona introduces herself on the blog – ‘My main focus is on one-off ceramic exhibition pieces; I also work to commission. Other activities over the last few years have included residencies, group collaborative projects, writing and teaching. In 2010 I completed a post-graduate research degree.’

Check out the site for yourself –

Stani Studios – New Workshop List for Autumn 2012

Want to paint but don’t know where to start?

The Stani Gallery in Stony Stratford is offering  a new schedule of workshops and courses for Autumn 2012, including An Introduction to Drawing & Painting.  This is a 12 week course in 3 modules. Every Thurs from 10 – 1230.
Beginning on 6 Sep.

Other workshops and courses include The Art of Photography, Pottery and Sculpture, Watercolour Painting and Jewellery Making.

Click here for further details

Stani Studios offer:-

  • A vibrant artistic hub
  • Individual attention and personal support with no more than 6 students per workshop
  • Tutors who are professional artists and artisans from The Stani Gallery
  • Workshops for Half day : 1000 – 1230 or 1330 – 1600 or 1900 – 2130 and Full day : 1000 – 1600 ; from Monday to Sunday, at your convenience.
  • Tea / Coffee included and with a light lunch for full day workshops
  • High Street location with close proximity to all amenities
  • Free Car Parking

Art and Craft Workshops at The Stani Gallery, Stony Stratford

Now Available For Booking

The Stani Studios is now offering the following art and craft workshops from 18 June ;
Card Making | Pottery | Illustration | Stained Glass | Jewellery | Digitial Photography | Graphic Design |
Acrylics | Abstracts | Mixed Media | Watercolour | Print Making | Painting Without A Brush | Freestyle

Book early to avoid disapointment. There are only 6 spaces available on each workshop.

See website for more details The Stani Studios

The Stani Studios intends to develop a vibrant artistic hub in the centre of Stony Stratford to suit all skill levels. Students will receive individual attention and personal support from experienced artists and artisans from The Stani Gallery. The Studios are close to all amenities in the high street and local countryside for outdoor studies. There is free car parking with refreshments and lunch provided on full day workshops.

For more information contact Roger Whittaker, The Stani Studios on 01908 56 76 56

Sunday morning – blog time!

The Crafts Council blog – obviously worth a read!

Autumn Issue – August 2010

Your contributions are needed for the next issue of Local Craft Matters, due out on 1st August 2010.

Please send your news and information about forthcoming events to us at by 25th June to be sure of being featured in the next issue.

If you would like to advertise, please email us for rates etc – space must be reserved by 20th June to guarantee the space.

Any questions, email as above, or phone me on 07710 620595

Thank you


Local Craft Matters in Colour!!

Yes, exciting news – we’re really going for full colour in the Summer Issue – due out on 1st May!

More later