Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.

  • London Bridge Ceramics Studio


  • Classes, Date Night and Something A Little Different
  • Tickets from £95.00
  • Background Music
  • Over 18
  • This event has taken place.
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)



Please read ALL details about this event carefully before you book

Postponed and cancelled speedpot dates are relisted so please check this listing regularly for last minute availability!

Come and experience a fun and muddy weekday evening or weekend session throwing on a potters wheel with me, Paddy Hartley at my London Bridge ceramics studio just 3 minutes walk from Shard. My two and a half hour sessions for 2 friends (on one ticket) will introduce you to throwing on the potters wheel and is geared towards first-time pottery novices.

The first hour of our session is all about focussed, friendly instruction for you and a friend in throwing on the wheel. You will learn how to centre your clay, how to open your centred clay and how to draw up the clay walls of your bowl/pot. I’ll also show you some quick and simple finishing techniques including profiling the base of your pot for that added zing before the final challenge, cutting your pot from the wheel.

The second period of the session is a timed ’speed-pot’ where you and your friend take turns applying all you’ve learned in 5 minute quick fire ‘pot-offs’ on the wheel. You’ll also experience throwing with your eyes closed relying entirely on touch alone and you’ll be AMAZED at the results! The emphasis is on fun and learning as much from what goes wrong as what goes right. Each of you will pick your favourite bowl/pot at the end of the session for glazing and collection at a later date if you so choose. 


Absolutely it is! No potting with a bunch of people you've never met so youll feel totally at ease. Its just , you, your +1, me, a potters wheel and a bag of mud that we turn into glorious snack bowls!


If you are thinking of booking a speedpottery session as a date night, why not book a speedpot as a solo practice session to get a grip of the basics, then book another session as your date-night to totally impress the chops off your date! You will be your +1's pottery hero/heroine! And don't worry, Ill keep your practice session a secret! 

If you enjoy the experience, you can book further in-depth tuition and wheel time sessions if you wish to hone your newly acquired throwing skills further. Don't buy Birthday or Christmas presents ever again! (unless its a speedpot session that is). Use gift giving season as a great excuse to learn how to make pots, simply buy wheeltime and make all your gifts. Everyone is a winner!


If you've booked to attend a group class with another potter, novices often get lost in the group and feel intimidated by the amazing clay creations emerging from the fingertips of their fellow student potters. Get ahead of the group class by booking a cheeky 1 on 1 session with me to get to grips with the basics before you attend your group class. Shhhh, it can be our secret! Email me directly for more details 😉


Weekday evening sessions have flexible start times to accommodate whatever time you finish work. Sessions are 2 and a half hours long as usual but you can choose your start time. Earliest start time is 5pm. Very latest start time is 7pm. Once you book, Paddy will contact you to ask your preferred start time.


Once you book, Youll receive an email within 24hrs with full details regarding studio location which will include a map attachment to help you find the studio. Please check your junk email in case this lands in your junk folder. If you dont receive this email, please contact Paddy directly at paddyhartley@gmail.com


If you want to book a session as a gift for an unspecified date, drop me a line and we can work it out! paddyhartley@gmail.com


What happens once Ive booked a speedpot session? Once you've booked your session, Ill email you with a few questions which will help your session run as smoothly as possible and Ill forward the map and directions to my studio. Please reply to this email as soon as possible. Please make sure your email address associated with your DesignMyNight customer profile is your current active email address. I will need to contact you to give you directions to my studio.

Is this event strictly ADULTS ONLY? Yes, adults only please. The event venue does not permit admittance to under-18’s and youngsters are not permitted even accompanied by an adult.

Is this a group activity with more participants than just myself and my +1? The session will be run by Me for just you and your +1 so you’ll get undivided attention and tuition throughout the session.

Can more than two people attend a speedpot session? My studio is compact so I only usually accommodate two speedpotters in each session (you and a +1). I can however work with groups of 3 but ask that in this instance, you book a double session as we have a lot to cover in each speedpot! Contact me directly if you are considering booking a double session and I will create a listing specially for you.

Do you take weekday daytime bookings? Yes absolutely. If you want to make a weekday daytime booking, contact me directly and I will create a listing specially for you. paddyhartley@gmail.com

What's the refund policy? Due to a high volume of last minute cancellations and postponement requests, Ive revised my refund policy.

If you wish to reschedule for a session in the weeks/months ahead, this can be accommodated, please give 7 days notice to 

I will issue full refunds up to 7 days before you are due to attend if you need you need to cancel your booking

I will issue 50% refunds if you need to cancel your session up to 32 hours before your session start time. Any cancellations 3 days prior to attendion your session are not eligible for refunds.

If you arrive more than 20 minutes late, this is too late to for me to adequately deliver the event and will consider the session cancelled. In this instance I do not issue refunds. Ideally arrive 10 minutes before your allocated start time. Your speedpot session is solely for you and your guest. 

Last minute cancellations mean I do not have adequate time to fill your vacant session so please contact me as soon as possible if you need to postpone or cancel and please arrive on time.

Do you provide aprons? Yes I do but you will inevitably get a little muddy so Id advise against wearing your best clothes and shoes. We use white clay. All clay used washes out.

Is this event unsuitable for anyone? Some of the materials we will be using are unsuitable for those who suffer from severe asthma, have breathing difficulties, skin allergies or are in any stage of pregnancy. If any of these apply to you, Please Do Not sign up for this event. Im afraid babies, toddlers and children under 18 cannot attend with Mum or Dad due to the nature of the space I work in. 

Anything else?? Yes, if you are currently recovering from surgery or broken limbs, fingers, ankle, shoulder injury or back strains etc, please only book after you've fully recovered. If you or your +1 are in any stage of pregnancy, please Do Not book this event. Sitting at the potters wheel whilst pregnant is not a comfortable experience and youll be putting pressure on your bump. Throwing on the potters wheel requires more physical effort than you might imagine! Finally, short fingernails will be advantageous!

This event is strictly for people over 18 only. 

Please Do Not consume alcohol immediately prior to attending your speedpot session. This is a site requirement.






Ticket Event time Cost

Single ticket admits you and a friend

17:00 - 21:00 £95.00
Speedpottery 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Single ticket admits you and a friend

12:00 - 14:30 £95.00
Speedpottery 3:30pm - 6pm

Single ticket admits you and a friend

15:30 - 18:00 £95.00
Speedpottery 7pm - 9:30pm

Single ticket admits you and a friend

19:00 - 21:30 £95.00



London Bridge Ceramics Studio, King's College London, Newcomen Street, London, SE1 1UL

Nearest Station

London Bridge (Tube)


Paddy Hartley
Paddy is an internationally exhibited and collected artist whose work ranges from ceramic, digital embroidery and applique to metalwork, biotissue sculpture and assemblage. A qualified ceramic practitioner with a Masters Degree with distinction in ceramics from University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Paddy has devised and delivered workshops, masterclasses and lectures on his work at Universities across the UK for over 20 years, most notably at the Victoria & Albert Museum for 12 years. 'The most satisfying thing about teaching people new creative skills is taking the fear out of tackling a new material or process for the first time and telling the student that particularly regarding clay, you can make absolutely anything with the stuff' Paddy Hartley

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4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
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6. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
7. The venue may operate a No Smoking/Vaping Policy.
8. The promoter, venue management and DesignMyNight accept no responsibility for any personal property.
9. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.

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Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.
Speed Pottery. Throwing taster sessions for 2 Adults.