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. Or perhaps you might want to ask us to design you a Creative Break to have more time in the studio while you are here and to cover more techniques than we do in our 2 hour trial classes. We also regularly run Special Event Days or Weekends where we have fun with themed pottery activities and food.

Contact us to find out more.

Pottery Trial Classes

Pottery trial classes cost £35.00 per person and take place in our studio (NB: guests staying with us get a 10% discount on class price exc. delivery).

The classes last 2 hours and are suitable for kids (5 and over) and adults. They are great for family or adult groups celebrating a hen do or birthday. We take 2-8 people in a class and classes include an introduction to the equipment, clay demos, firing, glazing and the kilns and time spent learning and trying out fun 3 practical hand-building and throwing techniques. At the end you can select up to 4 favourite pieces each (extra pieces will be charged at £2.50-£4.00 per piece depending on size) that you want to leave for firing and choose from our house glazes. If a firing is not due while you are here then postage and packing is £17.00 for a box of pots to one UK address.

Pottery trial classes need to be booked in advance and are usually 10.00 – 12.00 or 2.00 – 4.00 – Thurs-Sun (with less availability some weeks depending on our schedule/Special Events).

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.  Pottery painting is bookable by groups of 4 or more 10.00-12.00 or 2-4 Thurs-Sun (with less availability some weeks depending on our schedule).

Pottery painting costs £6.50 per person to paint plus the cost of the piece you choose to paint (from £4.75 to £10.00). Postage and packing if a firing is not due while you are here is £17.00 to one UK address.

Group Meals 

If you are a group of 4 or more then you might want to pre-book a Group Meal to be served before/after your pottery activity. Orders must be placed at least 4 days in advance of your booking, allergies and intolerances advised at time of booking..

Please visit our website (  to find out more.

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 Session or come and browse our Pottery For Sale.