Classes and Kiln Firing Service

Tessa believes it is essential for ceramic artists to pass on their skills to other like-minded individuals. She is an experienced tutor and teaches in art colleges, secondary schools and adult education, running classes, workshops and holding events for adults and children of all ages and abilities.

Ceramic skills can only be acquired through dedicated practise and Tessa says ‘it is by working together that the student and teacher can become improved makers, because whilst the teacher becomes more conscious of their skills, the student becomes better informed and more able to create in clay’.

All classes take place in well-equipped studios using an extensive range of and clays and glazes. Beginners are introduced to the varied methods of using clay to produce functional and artistic works. These can range from everyday items including tiles, bowls, pots, jugs and dishes to sculptures and sophisticated masterpieces. Decoration is explored through the use of coloured liquid slips and glazes, alongside experimentation with surface printing and sprigging. More experienced students have the opportunity to build upon their skills and progress to wheel throwing and pulling handles.

The emphasis of all classes is to feel well and enjoy making and learning in a sociable and creative environment. Sessions are designed for all levels and abilities, with each individual working at their own pace. Courses allow for students to improve and provide creative exchange. Students are encouraged to investigate new ideas, techniques and the work of contemporary and historical makers.

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Tessa teaches ceramics classes at The Heatherley School of Art in Chelsea, West London.
Courses include Thursday and Saturday ceramics classes.
To book please enrol online or call 020 7351 4190.
Watch a 3 minute film on ceramics at Heatherley’s.



For focused classes with fast progression, Tessa is available for private tuition one on one or in pairs in her studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, Central London.
More advanced students will be assessed individually for their learning requirements and a lesson can be used to troubleshoot recurring issues. Tessa has in-depth glaze knowledge and can teach glaze classes. Please refer to the Glazes section on the website and contact her to discuss specifics.
The cost is £50.00 an hour for individuals or £70.00 an hour for pairs, inclusive of materials and kiln firing. Bookings are confirmed by advance payment.
Please get in touch to discuss lesson details.



Tessa runs a London based kiln firing service from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, Central London.
There are kiln shelves available for work to be stacked inside the kiln.
Please get in touch with dimensions of work to be fired for an estimate of how much will fit into the kiln. Please also ask for advice regarding correct firing temperatures and firing types. Combustible materials create a vast amount of smoke and cannot be fired.
The cost is £50.00 a firing to cover packing and unpacking, kiln programming and electricity costs. Bookings are confirmed by advance payment.
Economical kiln sharing can be arranged, depending on timing and the required temperature.