Art and craft

Hot Pot Pottery

We also run Hot Pot Pottery at The House of Bread so you can get in touch with your creative side! Try our popular pottery trial classes or have a go at pottery painting in our tea-room and gallery.

Pottery trial classes

Pottery trial classes cost just £27.50 per person and take place in our on-site pottery studio. They are possible most days of the week and year-round, but need to be booked in advance to allow other studio work, clay prep/firing etc. They last 2 about hours and are great for kids (5 and over) and adults alike. A family of 4-6 is a perfect size or they are a great way for groups of up to 8 to celebrate a birthday or perhaps a hen do!

The classes include an introduction to the studio, an overview of the clay, firing and the kilns and then the rest of the session is spent learning and trying out fun practical hand-building and throwing techniques all with help and advice as you go! At the end of the session we select the pieces that you want to keep for firing and choose the colours you want. Postage and packing is £15 to one UK address if you are not local or a firing is not due while you are here. Pottery trial classes are usually bookable 11.00 – 1.00 or 2.00 – 4.00, but evening bookings are also possible for groups of adults.

Pottery painting

Ever fancied painting a plate, mug or piggy bank? We have a range of pre-fired pottery blanks for you to have fun painting in our gallery and tea-room whenever it is open. In winter, pottery painting is only available for groups wishing to book the tea-room space. Pottery painting costs £5 per person to cover paints and firing and whatever the cost of the piece you choose to paint (from £4.75 to £10.00). As with pottery trial classes, postage and packing if you are not local or a firing is not due while you are here is £15 to one UK address. Pottery painting is great fun and is available whenever the tea-room and gallery is open

Please visit our website or contact us at The House of Bread for more details.

Aside from Hot Pot Pottery, there are also a number of other great art and craft outlets in the Forest of Dean.

Forest and Valley Open Studios

If you are here in July time please look out for the Forest and Valley Arts Open Studios arts trail – a unique chance to visit the studios and see the creative work of a large number of artists and makers in the Forest of Dean. Visit for details of this event or email:

Reckless Designs

Reckless Designs is a small pottery on Gloucester Road in Coleford. They design and manufacture a wide range of exciting ceramic products that are both functional and decorative. They also do Pottery Painting sessions.

Phone 01594 810504 or visit for more details.

Taurus Crafts

A creative centre just south of Lydney just off the A48 where you can see and try various craft activities. They are particularly active during the school holidays with lots of activities and the Christmas Markets are worth a visit!

As well as the crafts centre there is also a great delicatessen and wholefood café and health/retreat. Their address is Old Park, Lydney Park Estate, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 6BU. Phone them on01594 844841 or visit  their website www. for more information.

Mary Rose Young

Mary Rose Young is a well-known local potter and produces a great range of brightly coloured unusual pottery. Her gallery and shop is about 15 minutes drive from The House of Bread at Oak House, Arthur’s Folly, Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 4JQ.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and many weekends too, especially in the summer or before Christmas.

Contact her on 01594 563425, email or visit to find out more.

Marianna Art

Mariana-Art is the trading name of Professional Artist D. Mariana Robinson and she runs a gallery and provides painting tuition and courses at her gallery in St Briavels. about 15 minutes drive from The House of Bread. The gallery is signposted off the B4228 heading back from Coleford towards Chepstow.

Mariana Art paintings include watercolour, acrylic and mixed media and she also has a range of , greeting cards and you have to see her famous ‘frudes’ (fruity nudes!).

Visit her at Mariana Art Gallery, East Street, St Briavels, Gloucestershire, GL15 6TQ. Or contact her on 01594 530484 or visit for more details.

Tintern galleries

There are also a number of interesting galleries (and tea-rooms and local pubs!) in Tintern (and of course the Abbey). So this is well worth a visit and there are great walks along the River Wye from here and it is an easy place to access Offa’s Dyke path as well for great views.

Forest of Dean School of Photography

For group or one-to-one fun and jargon-free photography training in various beautiful Forest of Dean locations, contact: or call 07771 664973.

Silversmithing Workshops

If you have ever wanted to learn how to make your own beautiful silver jewellery then this is your chance! Karin Whittaker offers Basic and Follow on silversmithing courses at specific times in the year in her relaxed workshop at Dean Pool Cottage, The Rocks, Clearwell in the Forest of Dean. Contact her at or call 01594 832497/07717190609 to find out upcoming course dates and costs.