With a wealth of experience in working with ceramics, Max offers a range of classes covering throwing and developing the skills of working with clay.

Pottery by Max Ryan

Max’s own work and ideas are influenced and inspired by her university tutors, some of the best in the ceramics field.  Mo Jupp; a sculptural ceramicist whose work focuses on the female human form, Walter Keeler; a studio potter of salt glaze pottery with work exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum and museums across the world and Nicholas Homoky; a Hungarian born potter whose work centres around vessels as visual objects. His work is exhibited worldwide.

Studio 61 offers a range of pottery and throwing classes in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Max’s extensive experience as a qualified teacher allows her to plan, model and inspire those interested in learning how to work with clay in its many forms. Space at Studio 61 is also available for those who wish to use the facilities to further their own creative work.

Classes Currently Offered:

Introduction to Throwing 

A 2.5 hour session, which is designed to get you started with the art of throwing. This includes; demonstrations of all key techniques including choosing your clay, centering, throwing - ‘up and out’, removing clay from the wheel. All tools and equipment included.

Group session: (maximum of 5) £35

Individual session: 1 hour £45 2 hours £80

Ceramics Short Course

A course for those with some confidence with throwing, gained from attending the Introduction to Throwing session or with basic prior knowledge. This course will allow you to improve your skills of wheel throwing, using glazes, surface decoration and the principals of firing.

6 Weeks 2.5 hours/week (maximum of 5) £185

Raku Short Course

Raku firing is a traditional Japanese technique first used in the 1550’s, using all of nature’s elements, earth, fire, air and water producing the famous crackle glaze appearance of finished pottery. You will learn how to prepare clay, hand build forms in Raku including, slab, coil, joining, use specialist glazes and have the opportunity to experience the excitement of outdoor firing using a Roderveld Pyramid propane gas kiln - as seen on ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’.

3 weeks 2.5 hours/week £95

Raku Firing

01373 451888


07917 801335

Studio 61

61 Marston Lane



BA11 4DR

Please get in touch to find out more or to book any of my services

© Max Ryan at Studio 61



Studio 61 offers a creative space for fun sessions to experiment with ceramics. 

Children’s Parties - introducing new potters to skills such as building coil pots, slab building and basic throwing techniques.

 Hen Parties - learn a new skill and have some fun with friends in a relaxed, sociable space.

Team Building  -  a unique opportunity to build relationships and communication skills with work colleagues though learning a new skill together. 

Please contact Max at Studio 61 to discuss your individual requirements.