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Welcome to my Stonehenge Pottery Blog.  We'll have the latest news here, keeping you up to date on all that's happening around the Pottery, Classes and Workshops.

By Sarah Holtby, Feb 7 2017 10:15AM

Brighten up those February blues & DO something new! Why not try an "introduction to ceramics" weekend course? The last few places are available on our Pottery Weekender Course on 25th February & 4th March .... create your own thrown-down masterpieces! Throw your own bowl on the pottery wheel, slip decorate a hand-built tea lantern and learn a whole lot. If you want something less prescriptive, we can cater for that, too. Very excited about seeing our new faces! Call on 01980 620328 (leave a message with your number if we don't answer) or email on

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By Sarah Holtby, Jan 27 2017 04:59PM

This week at the pottery has been all about getting the orders out! We are working on one great fun project in collaboration with the green-fingered bunch at the lovely Botanic Tribe - take a sneak peak at the new and exciting range of pots for their baby cacti! It's amazing the places pottery takes you. Cacti are definitely the new Orchid - no home is complete without one!

Have a great week,


By Sarah Holtby, Jan 18 2017 04:51PM

Week One of the term's lessons done and we are away! It was wonderful to meet all our new starters and welcome back our existing potters for 2017. We are planning on this being a fun year! Earthenware, stoneware and a little glaze mixing are all on the calendar, alongside a number of other challenges.

We had a great week and a busy weekend session at the Salisbury Museum with a very enthusiastic and creative group at the Young Curator's Club - they made some beautiful shields depicting their ideas for their own family crests! We have some really wonderful creations drying, ready for firing. Thank you to @SalisburyMuseum for the opportunity for another fun and energetic workshop.

Can't wait to see what all my amazing students come up with next week!

By Sarah Holtby, Jan 12 2017 05:11PM

It's been a busy beginning to 2017 for us all here, setting up for the forthcoming term and filling in my tax return (I must admit I think it is the least favourite part of running my own business). But with that out of the way I can focus on the moving forward once more! Going into the pottery on a cold January day when the fire is on is always a real pleasure, and after the chaos and noise of a large family Christmas and New Year it is wonderful to enjoy the peace! So I settled down to throw some orders that came in over the holidays only to find that someone else had been enjoying the peace and quiet. As I sat down at my wheel a tiny mouse came out of the hole in the wall in front of me and scooted past me and back into another tiny crack in the brickwork. I must admit it looked perfectly at home ... I just hope it hasn't got too many relatives and neighbours!

A very Happy New Year to you all,


By Sarah Holtby, Nov 23 2016 09:27AM

With the year drawing to a close and only one month left of 2016, my mind has been running ahead a little to 2017...and what I am aiming to achieve in the coming year, and what has passed this year.

On reflection, my overriding feeling this year is that pottery is more than just a craft; it is amazingly good for the soul too!

From working with Sarum Acadamy this year to get clay back on the menu in their Art department, in my new workshops with Salisbury Museum and their Young Carers program and even the during the workshops I run from my own studio, the overriding feeling I have is that using our hands to make and create or sometimes just feel the clay and how it behaves, we can all gain from doing something a little different and for ourselves!

Working with something as tangible and lasting as clay, using our hands and minds to create, gives us all an opportunity to experience a way of using time and relating to the physical process of rewarding, practical creation in a way that is largely not available in our busy working lives today.

So over the coming twelve months I am planning on running more community projects to get more people involved in playing with clay!

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