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 (Hliday Cottages) and as per the recent Government announcement Hot Pot Pottery will be re-opening from Dec 2nd 2020.

Get in touch with your creative side while you are staying here!

You can currently book Pottery Trial Classes Pottery Painting Kits for Overnight Hire at your holiday cottage, One Day Wheel Throwing Workshops & our Pottery Gallery/Shop can be hired for a private browsing session (no pressure to buy!).

Pottery Trial Classes

Our popular pottery trial classes are great fun and are in our well-equipped studio and last 2-2.5 hours depending on the group size.

We take 2-8 people (min. class size =2) and they can be booked on a Thurs or 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).

Due to Covid-19 we have had to make some changes to our studio and how the classes run. We now have 4 socially distanced work areas each designed to be shared by up to 2 people.

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 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 we can’t offer pottery painting in our studio so we have put together some great pottery painting hire kits which you can hire overnight Wed-Sat. 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 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 newly created gallery area (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 the gallery is cleaned and sanitised after every visit.

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

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.

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. 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 james@maryroseyoung.co.uk or visit http://www.maryroseyoung.com 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 http://www.mariana-art.co.uk 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: info@davidbroadbent.com 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 karinwgb@gmail.com 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