Short Courses Summer 2021 Now live for bookings

All my classes are held in my fully equipped North London Studio (See map below)

Thanks for visiting my website. I will be setting new dates for extra courses in June and July. If you wish to keep updated its best to subscribe to the newsletter. I am currently experiencing problems with my contact form so you can also message directly using instagram or twitter. Many thanks Ricky

New 4 Week Introduction to pottery
Saturday 12th 19th 26th June & 3rd July
10am to 1pm

This is an exciting new short introductory course for anyone who is interested at having a go at pottery. The first week will be all about hand building using slabs, coils and pinching . Week two will be a mix of refining any work and introduction to throwing on the potters wheel. Week three you will have a chance to try a raku firing which is a very immediate and exciting fast firing technique using some of your hand built pieces. There will be time to continue with building and refining your on going pots or to practice using the wheel. The final week will be glazing and finishing off you work. Cost for the 4 sessions is £210 including a bag of clay and all glazing and firing costs A deposit of £50 secures the place
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Three day Throwing Class
3rd 4th & 5th June
1030am to 430pm

This course is open to beginners and intermediate potters who would like time to improve and learn new shapes to throw. The class is led by my colleague Jenny Williamson. Throwing can be messy and fun so come prepared to get muddy.You will learn how to prepare the clay and centre on the wheel. By the end of the day you should have a collection of pieces and you can decide whether to keep or discard them. there is a small charge of £2 per pot that you decide to keep and have fired and dipped in glaze to be collected a few weeks later. You will need to bring your own apron hand towel and a mask
Cost £270
A deposit of £50 secures your place
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New Raku Smoke And Saggar fire Course
Saturday 1st 8th 15th & 22nd May
2pm to 5pm

New for early summer, four afternoons of raku and smoke firing techniques. This is for anyone who wants to learn more about how to get the best from raku firing including glazes and burnished polished smoke infused surfaces. The first afternoon will be spent building pots and hands on demonstration of various surface effects. A very exciting new addition for the studio I will introduce saggar firing . I have been developing this technique during lock down and look forward to sharing it with you.You can also bring some ready made pieces to fire. Spaces are limited, so don't delay. Cost £210 includes all materials (deposit of £50 secures your space)
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Glazing Extra Time
Fridays
14th May 28th May
1pm to 4pm

This is a new extra class aimed at regular studio users who would like a more directed glazing class and allow more time to focus on glaze techniques and finish. You will be advised and given demonstrations on getting the best from the studios glazes and also how to get the best out of your pots. With a bit more time and patience you will get better results from your glazing.
Cost £45
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One day Throwing Class
Saturday 29th May
1030am to 430pm

This course is open to beginners and intermediate potters who would like time to improve and learn new shapes to throw. The class is led by my colleague Jenny Williamson. Throwing can be messy and fun so come prepared to get muddy.You will learn how to prepare the clay and centre on the wheel. By the end of the day you should have a collection of pieces and you can decide whether to keep or discard them. there is a small charge of £2 per pot that you decide to keep and have fired and dipped in glaze to be collected a few weeks later. You will need to bring your own apron hand towel and a mask
Cost £100
A deposit of £25 secures your place
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Weekend and Weekly Courses

Weekday Courses

Due to Covid I have had to change my ongoing ceramics courses. They now run for 6 week blocks and are two hours and a half hours long. I clean thoroughly between each class. Participants get a chance to re enrol at the end of each term. When anything becomes available I post on the newsletter. Classes are small and friendly limited to 6 participants so everyone gets a bit of individual attention. A wide range of glazes and clay are available. Cost is £180 for the six weeks with clay sold separately by the bag including firing and glazing Times Monday Evenings 700pm to 930pm Tuesday Morning 915am to 1145am Tuesday Afternoon 1230pm to 3pm Tuesday Evening 7pm to 930pm Wednesday morning 10am to 1230pm Wednesday Evening 7pm to 930pm Thursday Evening 7pm to 930pm Please note that when you sign up for the ongoing courses you are committing to be there for the term. Classes cannot be transferred to other days to make up for times when you cannot attend. I also cannot issue refunds once the course has started.

Weekend Course - Throwing

The throwing classes are open to all levels and are a great way to make big improvements on your wheel ability. There are six wheels (at the moment only using five to keep social distance) so spaces are limited and plenty of individual attention is guaranteed. The classes run throughout the year usually once a month. Times are from 1030am to 430pm and cost is £100 for a one day course. There is a £4 per kg charge for pieces that you wish to keep and get fired.

Weekend Course - Raku Firing

The raku process is fast and exciting. There is something very satisfying about seeing the glazes melt and the kiln opening with glowing bright orange pots then covering with leaves and sawdust. In the raku day classes you bring your own pieces to be fired. Times 1030am to 430pm cost for the day £100. Limited to six participants

Location Of Ricky Grimes Ceramics Studio

Directions to Studio 104 Alexandra Rd N10 2EX

The studio is off the main roads in a residential area in Muswell Hill next to the golf course and near the North Circular. It takes about ten minutes from the nearest bus stop to walk here. If driving there are usually spaces across from the house. I request that if you can to park here. Please do not block the driveway. If coming for the first time you will find, to the right of the house a gate. Follow the path around to the rear of the house and you will find the studio.

From Highgate Station catch bus 134 or 43 to Muswell Hill and get off at Wilton Rd stop on Colney Hatch Lane. Cross at the zebra crossing and follow Sydney Rd all the way to Oak Avenue. Turn right on to Oak Avenue then turn left at the top on to Alexandra Rd. 104 is about 200m down on your left

From Bounds Green Station catch bus 102 or 299 to Muswell Hill getting off at St Andrews Church. Cross here and take Windermere Rd to the end and turn left on to Grosvenor Rd. At the top of the road there is a barrier to prevent cars passing. You can either turn right down Forest Walk taking the footpath leading you on to Alexandra Rd, or continue down Wetherill Rd and turn right on Sydney Rd. From here follow directions above

From North Circular take junction for B550 signed Muswell Hill. Go in direction of Muswell hill then take second turn on left Hampden Rd. Follow all the way to the end then take a left on to Sydney Rd. At the end of Sydney Rd take a right on to Alexandra Rd and 104 is 300m along on the right.

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