Pottery class with The Amazings

June 18th 2013


I might be biased because I share a studio with them, but The Amazings is a fantastic startup with a creative and socially-aware bent. They offer classes, courses and workshops on subjects as diverse as woodworking, philosophy and bike maintenance, and all the teachers are 50-plus elders with amazing life experience.

Pottery class

Last month I went along to one of their classes – a hand-built clay pot taught by Amazing Lesley, held in her workshop right here in Stoke Newington.

Pottery class
Pottery class
Pottery class

It was a lovely intimate class and the evening sped by so quickly. Lesley was great to spend time with; knowledgable about her craft and full of interesting stories.

Pottery class
Pottery class

After a bit of deliberating, I decided to make a little stout pot with a face on. I had fun trying out all the different stamps to make embossed patterns round the edges, and had help from Lesley getting his nose and ears stuck securely on.

Pottery class
Pottery class

I left my little man pot with Lesley to be glazed and fired, along with the rest of the class’s work. She encouraged us to be really creative and try making anything we could imagine, hence the diversity in the class’s final output.

Pottery class
Pottery class

I just got him back a couple of weeks ago. Isn’t he brilliant?! I think it he looks very at home on my mantelpiece with a jazzy plant hairdo.

Pottery class

I’ve got so many ideas of other thing I’d like to try and make, so I might be booking in more time with Lesley soon.

The Amazings are now branching into online content to allow people outside of London to take part in their wonderful enterprise, so pop over to the site and see if any of the craft class videos take your fancy. You can get your first online class totally free if you follow this link!

Comments (8)

  • Jess

    June 18th 2013 at 12:46 pm

    He’s adorable. I love the glaze/colour too – very 1970s.

  • Vanessa

    June 18th 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Wow, so adorable. I wouldn’t have been able to think up such a cute design on the spot in class. Your finished product looks very tasteful – I’d buy it!

  • Helen

    June 18th 2013 at 2:18 pm

    The finish on him is awesome! Really impressed with the class pricing too.

  • Sarah Dobson

    June 19th 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Ah, lovely! I’ve been tempted a time or two by the amazing looking amazings. You’re fuelling a fire that’s already lit. Will you do any more pottery? Seems you’re a natural! SSx

  • Megan

    June 19th 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Oh my gosh this is adorable! I hope you create more, it’s quite lovely!

  • April

    June 22nd 2013 at 10:10 pm

    He is so cute! I love the textured like glaze on it too and the colours you chose. This looks amazing to do, and I’m so glad they do online classes too. Definitely going to have to check this out soon. Thanks for sharing!

  • mariam

    June 23rd 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Omg that is a very CUTE pot!

  • Lesley

    November 27th 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you for posting this, I love it. Didn’t even know about it until someone contacted me through it. Brilliant. Your pot is gorgeous. Very talented!!!

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