Self-directed Sessions – at my studio


Independent sessions for Handbuilding OR throwing at my studio. Available for up to four people at a time.

Tuesday mornings 10.30-1pm – In a block of six-weeks

Please Note: These sessions are currently only available to those who have studied with me before, either at my studio or elsewhere.

Dates available:

3 September to 8 October
5 November to 17 December (not 19th Nov)

Scroll down to see further details given below, but please do contact me if you’d like to find out more.


Independent sessions for Handbuilding or throwing at my studio. Available for up to four people at a time.

These self-directed sessions allow you to work on your own, following your own ideas and projects.

The studio will have porcelain and stoneware clay available, a selection of oxides and slips and a transparent glaze. Alternatively you may use your own materials with agreement from Elaine.

Sessions are open to a maximum of four people at the studio for self-directed working and must be booked in six week blocks, in advance.

You will need to let me know if you would like to focus on handbuilding or throwing. There are two wheels available, so room for a maximum of two throwers and two hand builders.

The sessions are suitable for those with prior ceramics skills and experience and are able to pursue their own ideas.


Tuesday mornings 10.30-1pm In a block of six-weeks

3 September to 8 October
5 November to 17 December (not 19th Nov)


My studio is a beautiful old converted barn on the edge of Ditchling Common.
The studio has on-site parking and can be reached easily from Ditchling and Burgess Hill by bike or car.
Find me at:
Pollards Farm Cottage, Ditchling Road, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0SE

How much

£180 per person for a block of six sessions, each 2.5hrs long, plus firing charged at £8 – £10 per kilo of unfired clay, depending on clay and glazes used.

What will we do

These sessions allow the freedom and flexibility to make what you would like to make and get on with your own thing. An introduction to the studio will be given when you start and then you may use the facilities yourself. I may be on hand to help if needed and to trouble shoot, but will mostly be working on my own things.

As with all sessions at my studio, you will need to ensure the space and tools you use are all cleaned before the session ends.

All firings will be to 1270c in my electric kiln.

Items made during the six weeks will be fired for you. Finished work will need to be biscuit fired once sufficiently dry and you will need to glaze them yourself (if required) using one of my glazes or a glaze of your own.

All fired work will be available to be collected from the studio within eight weeks of the end of the sessions.

What to wear and bring

I can provide an apron, towels and relevant professional protective equipment, so you don’t need to bring those, but I suggest you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit of clay on.

Please wear flat shoes and note there are some trip hazards in the studio which will be pointed out to you at the first session.

It can be a good idea to have short finger nails as these can get in the way when working with clay.

Facilities and Refreshments

The studio is in an old converted barn with some low beams so if you have any mobility issues please let me know. There is a toilet on site in a separate building next door to the studio.

There are a limited number of parking spaces – room for a maximum of four cars, and if you are arriving by car, you may need to block others in, or be blocked in for the duration of the session. If you are arriving by bicycle there may be places available to store your bike in a covered area – please discuss with me if required.

Tea and biscuits will be available at each session.

NOTE: Please inform me if you have any allergies I should know about.


If you need to cancel, some cancellation fees are necessary as it is rarely possible for me to fill the space at short notice.

See pdf below for full terms and conditions



Starting 3 September 2024, Starting 5 November 2024

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