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Introduction to Ceramics Training Courses

Join the Cromartie team for an unforgettable ceramic experience! Our monthly ceramic training days are perfect for anyone looking to set up a mobile studio or paint-your-own pottery business, or simply seeking to enhance their skills.

Led by the experienced duo of Andy Quinn and Amanda Bosson, our introductory courses cover a wide range of topics, including the use of kilns, glazing and firing techniques, health and safety, and much more. Whether you're a beginner or just looking for a refresh, our training days are designed to inspire and empower you in the world of ceramics. So why wait? Sign up now and unleash your creative potential.



Running time for our training days: 10.00am till 4.00pm.

Don't worry if you're slightly early- you're welcome to have a browse round our showroom with a cup of tea- we have a wide range of products on display in our showroom, including kilns, potters wheels, arts & crafts, bisqueware and lots more.

Price: £75.00 including lunch refreshments- please let us know on booking if you have any dietary requirements/allergies.

Please note lunchtime refreshments are included in the cost of our training, however if you have any dietary allergies you may also wish to bring something along with you.

Payment is required on booking and is non-refundable however if you decide to go ahead with your new business venture and place your first order of £250 or more with us, we will deduct the cost of your training from your order total.

Please contact us on 01782 319435 to reserve your place or book online below.

Perfect for those considering setting up a ceramic café or mobile paint-a-pot studio, our training days are an opportunity for you to explore and discover the potential of this exciting craft.

No prior ceramic experience is required, and there is no obligation or commitment on the day. Simply come along and immerse yourself in the world of ceramics, and see if it's the right fit for you.



We hold our ceramic training in our brand new Studio 70 and showroom here in Stoke-on-Trent. All of the colours, glazes and bisque we sell are on show, together with a huge array of fired samples to whet your creative appetite and give you some fresh and funky ideas!

Our ceramic training days are focused on the ceramic business, rather than for learning new painting techniques, however you will be able to spend sufficient time painting a piece for you to become familiar with the way the colour and glaze works. Your completed piece will then be fired and posted on to you at no additional cost.

The aim of our ceramic training days is to equip new and potential ceramic business owners with the knowledge to use the materials and operate their kiln, as well as information about the business and marketing aspects of running a studio. By the end of the day, you'll have enough knowledge to get you started and may even have made a few new friends! Of course, as always we offer back up support over the phone or by e-mail every step of the way, and can visit you personally to run chargeable ceramic training days in your own premises if required.

Ceramic Training Day Programme

Ceramic Materials-
1. Bisque colour and glaze: look at the full range on display and choose the right stock for your business.
2. Using underglaze paints, see how to apply the colour to get the best results.
3. Glazing the decorated ware, try the techniques and learn about the pitfalls.

Using Kilns & Controllers
1. What is a kiln?
2. Positioning the kiln.
3. Loading the kiln.
4. Controllers, cones and Firing Programs
5. Kiln maintenance.

Health and Safety
1. Kiln safety.
2. Ventilation
3. Safe working practices in the studio.

Starting Your Business
1. Selecting your range of colours and bisque.
2. Set-up costs.
3. Projected turnover.
4. Profit margins.
5. Marketing your ceramic business.

Trouble Shooting
1. Glazing faults.
2. Colour problems
3. Firing problems.
4. Kiln faults.

Please call Andy Quinn for more details on our ceramic training days or to book your place, or book online below.

If you have booked on one of our ceramic training courses and would like directions please see How to Find Us.