Make E11 at All You Read is Love, Leytonstone

I’m hosting pottery painting workshops at All You Read is Love cafe this autumn. Using safe non-toxic underglazes with teaching, guidance and testing you’ll be able to achieve  “grown-up” results you can be proud of.

How it works

sketch book & test tilesIn your first session I’ll teach you a range of techniques around a theme, with demonstrations and sample fired tiles. You’ll be able to find a way into surface decoration using pattern- and mark-making, then get a feel for using the techniques on bisque-fired tiles.

Then your tiles will be fired for you to pick up, so you can see how they actually turned out and formulate how you want to develop your work in your next session.

In subsequent sessions you can use your new knowledge to work more confidently on larger pieces – plates and mugs are available to work on.

You’ll be using non-toxic underglazes that I fire for you with a transparent glaze on top, on earthenware tiles to make food- and dishwasher-safe pieces.

book NowDates and times

Every 3 weeks on a Tuesday evening from 7 – 9.30pm at All You Read is Love cafe, 877 High St, Leytonstone E11 1HR

15th September; taught theme is patterns with lines

6th October; taught theme is masking and resists

27th October; taught theme is scraffito and texture (samples below – more pics here)

Next session -17th November; taught theme is decorative marks with 3rd firings

8th December – to be decided


First / taught session – £25 including 3 x 10cm tiles and firing (additional tiles at £4 each): these are learning sessions working on test tiles

Second or subsequent sessions – £20 plus cost of bisque-ware (mug £6, small plate £8, large plate £10): these are working on your own piece with some guidance

book NowBook first and second session together and get £5 off your second-session bisque-ware (for example do a mug in your second session and it will cost you a princely £1 !)


test session“I was totally involved for the whole session; I didn’t think about anything else the whole time!” – Terry

“Book me in for the next one!” – Carin

“Can’t wait to see how it turns out – then I’ll really get going” – Annette

Do I need to bring anything?

No, for a first session just turn up and we’ll take it from there – if you want to get a flavour of what’s possible, have a look at my Pinterest board

Do I need an art background?

Not at all; complete beginners, rusty returners and awe-inspiring creatives alike are welcome, and I’m confident the techniques provided will enable you to produce pieces you can be proud of.

What’s bisque?

Ceramics are traditionally fired in 2 stages; a first “bisque” firing, that transforms dried clay into ceramic, then a glaze firing where the decoration is applied, that “vitrifies” it into a fully finished piece, usually with a glassy shiney finish.

Bisque-ware is the range of once-fired shapes available for you to decorate.