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Craft: Pottery Taster Session at Barrington Pottery

Back in February, my husband Dave and I attended a pottery taster session at Barrington Pottery. This was a gift that my lovely sister gave us over a year previously, but for various reasons (and probably partly because I kept telling Dave that it would be like that scene in Ghost), it took me a while to get on and book it!

It was a freezing cold day, but in a fabulous setting: within the grounds of the National Trust property, Barrington Court. There are various craft businesses in the grounds, including a quilting shop! I only bought the one fat quarter!

Our taster session was held with three other ladies and started with a coffee and biscuits and a really interesting talk about the history of pottery in this area. Then we had a demo before we each had a go at throwing some pots.

You start by kneading the clay, a little like you would with bread, except the idea is to remove any air bubbles. Then you are left with clay balls to take to the potter's wheel.

The key to a good pot i…

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