Art & Craft

PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO COVID-19: Many local activities and attractions may be closed or have changed what they offer & times/days/prices. Please check with venues directly before visiting and check out this handy RESPONSIBLE VISITOR GUIDE. The local Tourist Association also have a useful BUSINESS RE-OPENING page.

Get in Touch with Your Creative Side

Hot Pot Pottery

We also run Hot Pot Pottery at The House of Bread (Holiday Cottages) so you can get in touch with your creative side while you are staying here!


At Hot Pot Pottery we are registered with Visit England’s ‘Good to Go’ and The World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ Schemes to keep Covid-19 risks as low as possible and encourage responsible behaviour on-site and in relation to bookings.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES – We are closely following Government Advice and expect to be able to re-open for on-site pottery classes & activities from May 17th 2021.

In the meantime we have Pottery Painting Kits for Hire or you can Book A Browsing Session in our Gallery/Shop.

CLICK HERE to see details of all our usual activities.

CLICK HERE to see information on how we & visitors keep risks low on-site in relation to Covid-19.

CLICK HERE  to see information on our Covid-19 & Regular Cancellation Policy.

Get Creative at Hot Pot Pottery

You could take advantage of a great 10% discount on the cost of a POTTERY TRIAL CLASS (exc. delivery), join one of our ONE DAY WHEEL THROWING WORKSHOPS, hire a POTTERY PAINTING KIT or we can design a CREATIVE BREAK specific to your needs.

Pottery Trial Classes

Our popular pottery trial classes are great fun and are in our well-equipped studio.

We take 2-8 people (min. class size =2) and they can be booked Thurs – Sat (10.30-12.30). Classes cost £40.00 per person plus £17.50 (between you) for onward delivery of any pots you leave for us to glaze and fire for you (if required).

You get to try 3 pottery techniques (wheel throwing, pinch pots & tiles) and leave up to 3 favourite pieces each for glazing and firing with a choice of house glazes. We start our class with demos of the techniques but have also produced 2 on-line videos (THROWING ON THE WHEEL & PINCH POTS & TILES) to give you an idea of what to expect.

At present, due to Covid-19 distancing requirements, our ability to allow people in the studio purely to observe a class is limited. Please contact us if you want to bring others who are not participating. Dogs are also usually very welcome but due to the current situation, please contact us if you wish to bring your dog.

Pottery Painting Kits

Ever fancied painting a plate, mug or piggy bank? We have a range of pre-fired pottery blanks for you to have fun painting.

At the moment, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, we can’t offer pottery painting in our studio so we have put together some great pottery painting hire kits which you can hire and enjoy in your cottage. Each kit is suitable for use by up to 4 people (min group size = 2).

Pottery painting costs £6.50 per person plus the cost of the piece(s) you choose from our range (£4.75 £10.50) plus a £20 deposit (cash) per kit.

We fire on a Sunday and collection is from 9.30am Monday morning. If a firing is not due while you are here/you are not able to collect then delivery is £17.50 between you for a box(es) one UK address.

One-Day Wheel Throwing Workshops

Roughly once a month on a Sunday we also run a one-day throwing workshop. This is a small group of 2 min. 4 max. with your own wheel for the day and includes lunch, all materials, decorating with slip (coloured liquid clay) & leaving up to 6 pots with us for glazing and firing. The workshops are £140.00 per person plus a one-off cost £17.50 for delivery of all pots to one UK address (if delivery is required).

Hiring Our Pottery Gallery/Shop For A Private Browsing Session

You can book a private gallery/shop browsing session in our pottery gallery/shop (with no pressure to buy!). Please CONTACT US via email or phone if you wish to book a slot.

Due to social distancing and the intimate nature of our pottery gallery/shop, browsing sessions will be offered to one individual, family, household or bubble at a time and we will leave you to browse unaccompanied (on trust!).

Hand-wash and sanitiser facilities are available if you wish to pick pottery up and main touch points in the gallery are cleaned and sanitised after visits.

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 for more details.

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 on 01594 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 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.

Get Creative @HotPotPottery While You Are Here

Book a Pottery Trial Class or Pottery Painting Kit or Book A Browsing Session in our Gallery/Shop