When work gets too stressful or your every day feels mundane, do you often think ‘That’s it! I’m quitting and going to become a potter!’? That’s exactly what Danish lawyer Stine Dulong did. Sick of her day job in the City and doing pottery as a hobby, Stine decided to take the leap and carve out a clay-based career for herself. She rented a beautiful light-filled studio in De Beauvoir which she filled with plants, her gorgeous creations and her cute labrador and started selling her stylish Scandinavian minimalist ceramics to the likes of Nigella Lawson, Ottolenghi and Tom Kerridge.
Sounds like the good life right? Well let’s be real, most of us probably can’t jack in the day job just yet. Luckily, Stine now opens up her studio for 12 week pottery courses for all levels from beginners to advanced where you can get a real idea of the joys of playing with clay. Over the weeks you’ll learn hand building techniques including pinch pots, slabbing, coiling and how to combine them. You’ll also get expert hands on tuition on the pottery wheel (not in a creepy Ghost way!). You’ll then finish off your pieces by trimming and glazing them, and at the end of the course you’ll leave with lots of lovely wonky creations.
The classes on Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings are for 12 people maximum so you get lots of attention but also freedom to experiment. Surrounded by Stine’s beautiful designs, you can create your own Skandihus-inspired pieces or just freestyle. The vibe of the class is concentrated but relaxed: you start by learning the techniques and then you can drink coffee, listen to music and chat with your fellow potters as you work. It’s a gentle and productive way to start your weekend or spend an evening, and for anyone who sits at a computer all day, it’s a welcome treat to get a bit messy and create something with your hands. Plus, it’s the perfect chance to work out if you should give up your day job just yet.
Once you’ve finished the course, if you’ve caught the ceramics bug, there’s also open access every Sunday from 10am-1pm where you can continue work on your own clay creations.
90 De Beauvoir Road
|Price:||£320 (12-week classes, £35 per day (Open Access Sundays)|
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I signed up for Stine's Pottery 12 week course in September and I am loving it! Stine is a brilliant teacher; supportive, interested and encouraging. The SkandiHus studio is also lovely; it's wonderful to work in such a creative space (with great people) whilst playing with clay. Highly recommended! :)
It's the most wonderful space to be in, let alone the great teaching and facilities. I'm on my 2nd 12 week course with the Skandihus team and it's the best part of my week. It is an incredible break from the anxiety of work, and gets you thinking about something completely different and no electronic screens in sight!! I often try and come on Sunday's too, because its wonderful to spend 3 hours just messing around on the wheel practicing skills, looking out the lovely large windows and surrounded by good people, good music and lovely green plants. It's become part of my concept of 'community' as I'm a new Londoner. So thank you Stine and Alfie (cause yeah, Alfie is the lovely pup who helps run Stine run it)
We went for a team bonding activity and had such a great time! Karina, who taught the class, gave us insight into the different techniques, as well as freedom to build our own things. I'd highly recommend as a work activity to have some fun with the team and learn something new!
I've been going to SkandiHus for weekly classes for about a year and a half now and I can't recommend it enough. The classes are at a steady pace with a flexible structure, so it's perfect for complete beginners and for those with more experience too. The instructors are always nurturing and have good advice, without being controlling. These couple of hours are great for unwinding and leaving everything else behind, and just focusing with like-minded people. I've been lucky to make some great friends there too - you get to meet a lot of interesting people from different backgrounds, all brought together by a love of clay!
I'm onto my 2nd course now and just love it. I look forward to those couple of hours of creativity every week. Its a time when I leave the day behind and think of nothing else but the clay. The class takes place at the Skandihus studio which is filled with Stine's beautiful pieces... its such an inspirational place. The instruction and atmosphere is relaxed and my fellow potters, are a great group of people ... I couldn't recommend it enough.
Took the taster session a few weeks ago. After working in an office all week, spending a few hours in this beautiful studio space, working with my hands, and letting the creativity flow was lovely and relaxing. Instruction was great to learn the basics but not overly regimented - we were also given plenty of time to try our own ideas and styles. Loved it so much I just signed up for the 12 week course!
I have only started learning to work with clay six months ago with Skandihus, and have loved it since day 1, and have been back every Saturdays and Sundays (on my third round of the 12 week course). The studio is beautiful and calming and that's the way I like to spend my mornings on the weekend now. Our teacher, Karina, has been the most wonderful and patient with her students. The 12 week course covers a lot of the knowledge and skills (both hand building and throwing on a potters wheel) you would need to work independently in a communal studio. Through practice with the right guidance from our teacher, you can really see a lot of improvement in a few months. I also highly recommend the open Sunday drop-in sessions, these are good for practising at your own pace or working on your own project, they are very flexible as there is no commitment to pay a fixed membership fee or joining a waiting list like many other studios in London.
I’d highly recommend the Sunday afternoon taster session at Skandihus. As a complete beginner I found it great! Our teacher had a very relaxed approach, explaining all the basics, letting us make what we wanted whilst giving us advice and help when needed. I never expected to find pottery so therapeutic, I’m planning to sign up to a 12 week course!
I've been going to Skandihus Pottery Classes every Wednesday for over a year and love everything about it. Stine is an amazing teacher and I've not only made some great friends but am now starting to make some pieces that I really love. A few hours in the pottery studio is the highlight of my week and is a fantastic way to focus on something rewarding away from work and busy London life.