Art & Craft
Get in Touch with Your Creative Side
Hot Pot Pottery
At The House of Bread we also run Hot Pot Pottery so you can get in touch with your creative side while you are here! Try our popular 2 hour pottery trial classes or have a go at pottery painting in our tea-room & gallery. Or perhaps you might want to think about our residential pottery classes to have more time in the studio while you are here. Contact us to find out more.
Pottery trial classes cost £30.00 per person and take place in our on-site studio. They need to be booked in advance and are possible Thurs-Sun, year-round (with less availability on Sundays in winter). They last about 2 hours and are great for kids (5 and over) and adults alike. We take 2-8 people in the studio and they are a great way to celebrate a hen do or birthday.
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 from our house glazes. Postage and packing is £16.50 for a box of pots to one UK address if a firing is not due while you are here. Pottery trial classes are usually 11.00 – 1.00 or 2.00 – 4.00. The cost of the class includes leaving up to 5 pieces per person for glazing & firing (extra pieces will be charged at £1 per piece). If you are a group staying more than one night in our accommodation then you get 10% off the price of pottery trial classes (exc. delivery).
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 £5.50 per person to paint plus the cost of the piece you choose to paint (from £4.75 to £10.00). As with pottery trial classes, postage and packing if a firing is not due while you are here is £16.50 to one UK address. Pottery painting is great fun and is available whenever the tea-room and gallery is open.
Please visit our website (www.hotpotpottery.co.uk) 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 River Open Studios
Look out for the Forest and River Arts Open Studios & Arts Activities – 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 www.fandvos.org.uk/ for more details.
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 http://www.recklessdesigns.com for more details.
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 on 01594 844841 or visit their website www. tauruscrafts.co.uk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.maryroseyoung.com to find out more.
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 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 http://www.mariana-art.co.uk for more details.
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: email@example.com or call 07771 664973.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01594 832497/07717190609 to find out upcoming course dates and costs.