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New to ceramics or want to get back into it? 

Then a Taster Session is for you. On some weekday nights from 6.30-9pm you will be guided through the two main ceramics processes of handbuilding and/or wheel throwing.  You will be well looked after by artist and founder of Dalston Clay, Barnaby Hosking with tea, a good playlist, expert advice and no limit on clay.  Due to Barnaby's background in contemporary art, these sessions are very free and dynamic so come with your own projects in mind or come with none: together will find a project that feels right for you.  

After a couple of Taster sessions you should be ceramically fit enough to book our cheaper

Drop-In sessions, becoming part of our thriving Drop-In Community, allowing access to the studio every day

from 10am to 9pm. 

Looking to try out the wheel or learn more in-depth on the wheel? Our WHEEL THROWING SUMMER SCHOOL is the best place to start or continue. Sessions can be booked individually or in bundles for more savings.

Benefits of a Taster Session at Dalston Clay

  • Affordable and excellent value.

  • Learn handbuilding (pinch, coil, slab building) and wheelthrowing techniques.

  • Tools, aprons, and unlimited clay provided.

  • Paint your pottery during the session with coloured slips

  • Small, intimate groups of up to 12 students means you get lots of personal attention!

  • Climate-controlled and cosy studio with lots of natural light so you can keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

  • Convenient and vibrant East London location close to Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction overground stations

  • Free tea, great playlists and relaxed friendly community vibe


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As a CIC and Social Enterprise, it is our intention is to make Dalston Clay a studio that is available to everyone, regardless of financial circumstance. While we need to function as a business, we never want money to be the reason why someone can't benefit from what we've built. If you truly can't afford the full cost of our offerings, we invite you to contact us to discuss your situation and we will endeavour to sort something out.

We respect your privacy, and will never spam.

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