You might already know that we have a budding potter in our midst, so when were invited along to try out a session at The Little Black Sheep Pottery we were super excited. We’ve had lots of pottery sessions lately, but George was yet to have a go on the pottery wheel, and I can’t really explain how excited he was to give it a go.
Helen opened The Little Black Sheep Pottery about a month ago, and hasn’t looked back since. She’s taken what she wants as a parent and created it here for us to enjoy, all under one roof. The concept of pottery, painting and all the added extras to keep children entertained and parents or carers topped up with tea, is a very sweet one indeed.
Before we hit the pottery area, we had a coffee and nose around the place. The atmosphere is amazing, calm and peaceful, with lots of space for little ones to explore and create.
There’s plenty of space to relax, with a choice of sofas or tables and chairs, as well as high-chairs for the little people. I felt truly relaxed and George and Molly were intrigued by the various areas dotted around the place. George loved the Lego wall and Molly couldn’t resist the toy kitchen area…
There’s also a little soft-play area for ages 0-5, easy access toilets, books to read, a lovely large chalkboard and much more. The coffee is delicious and the food is reasonably priced and looks oh-so amazing!
There’s even a hairdresser section for little ones to get their hair cut in the comfort of their very own racing car! Hair by Tori looks very welcoming indeed, and you can simply walk-in (without the need for an appointment) on Monday (10-1pm), Wednesday (1-5pm) and Saturday (1-5pm). A fringe cut costs £3 and a kids cut is £6 – such a bargain!
As for the pottery, what can I say?! There’s so much choice, from painting a bisque (unpainted pottery) piece to hand building to throwing on the wheel, there’s a reason to visit time and time again. You can also purchase items made by Helen’s very own hands! I had my eye on a Spanish style bowl as well as having a go at painting one of the skulls!
I couldn’t wait to see George on the wheel, and Helen was also really excited! She was so kind to both children, talking to them and explaining things about the clay and methods used. George donned his apron and was ready to roll…
I’ve never seen George so unbelievably excited and focused all at once, his face was full of happiness and joy and Helen was wonderful with him. She explained each step and guided him through the whole process until he made this…
Isn’t it beautiful? We also recorded a little video so you can see him in action…
Whilst George continued to try out the wheel, Molly got stuck into hand building over at the table. She made some pretty cool things, a photo frame and little animals, she really enjoyed it. Whilst George had a go on the wheel with Warren, Helen helped Molly and I can’t say enough how amazing she was with her.
They both had such a wonderful day and George adored Helen!
I think The Little Black Sheep Pottery is such a lovely place to go as a family, there’s lots on in the week such as Creative Tots every Wednesday for £4.00 and a Kids Pottery Club every Sunday with spaces available for 10 children; it costs £6.00 per child and you can relax in the cafe whilst the kids enjoy clay making with the resident potters!
They also offer party packages ranging from £8.50-£12.50 per child, you can pop in and paint a ceramic piece and prices range from £5.00- £20.00 and throwing on the wheel costs £5 for 15 minutes, £10 for an hour (during the summer holidays) or there’s an 8 week adult class for £160.
They are open 10-5pm every day and 11-4pm on a Sunday and it’s simply a joy to visit, with welcoming staff, lots to explore and so much pottery goodness, you’ll be desperate to go back!
Disclosure: We received a free pottery session in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.