Special Events

Pottery Workshops

- Gallery 1

Join us in Will Shannon’s Kiln House to make roof tiles and utilitarian pots. A chance to explore the importance of ‘making’ to community life and pick up new pottery skills or hone existing ones. Our associate potters Zoe Cameron and Claire Loder will guide you through the process of making special roof tiles that once fired will clad the Kiln House, making it weather proof. You’ll also have the chance to produce a pot for yourself along the way.

Kiln House is part of a family of installations by artist and designer Will Shannon that offer the chance for anyone to engage in the act of making. Activated or performed with regularity by the artist and his associates, the installations become ‘live’ at designated times during the exhibition.

Workshops are FREE but participants can make a small donation towards materials. No previous experience necessary. Sessions are suitable for adults and young people aged 12 years and over and will last approximately 45 minutes.

We are running FAMILY FRIENDLY SESSIONS specifically aimed at younger children on
Saturday 20 May
11.30am For young children aged 3-5 years
12.30pm For young children aged 5-11 years
1.30pm For young children aged 5-11 years

All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Saturday 6 May – 11.30am, 3.00pm
Wednesday 10 May – 12.30pm, 1.30pm
Saturday 13 May – 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm
Saturday 27 May – 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm
Saturday 3 June – 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm
Saturday 10 June – 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm


ZOE CAMERON is a Bristol based artist, archaeologist and potter. Specialising in ideas, clay and research-based teaching, objects and installations she’s run numerous creative workshops and community events. In 2015 Zoe was involved in A Bristol Murmuration, a project involving over 1000 local people from 3 wards of Bristol to sculpt clay starlings. Created in free public workshops, these birds appeared en masse as a Bristol Murmuration, a stunning sculptural installation, on Durdham Downs. www.zoecameron.com

CLAIRE LODER is a Bath based ceramic sculptor. A graduate of Bath Spa University and University Wales Institute, her work is in a number of important collections including the Crafts Council, Aberystwyth University and The House of Dreams Museum, London. In 2013 her published book ‘The New Ceramics: Sculpting and Handbuilding’, highlights Loder’s interest in the dissemination of knowledge to a wider audience and passion for clay as a material and medium.