Christmas countdown, Courses for kids and Clay!

Over the next few weeks Hive is hoping to make the countdown to Christmas a stress free and enjoyable time for us all. In this post I’m offering gift ideas, workshops to get you in the mood for the festive season, a big announcement about an art awards scheme for children and young people and information on our NEW offerings to those of you that have been inspired to start your pottery journey after watching the popular #BBC show The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Where shall I start?

Christmas Countdown: As we all know this time of year can be stressful and busy so Hive has put together a schedule of activities to help distract you from the constant stream of Christmas music and the drain on our wallets and hopefully provide you some space to enjoy the festivities through creativity and community spirit.


30 Nov – 1-3pm, Hive Crafternoon @Hive. This event is free and open to all. Join us for a cornucopia of creative activities.

4 Dec – 10am-3pm, Hey Clay!@Hive. This event is free and open to all. Join us for a day of going potty about pottery.

5 Dec – 1-3pm, Hey Clay! @Dove St Pottery. This event is free and open to all. Join us for a day of going potty about pottery.

5 Dec – 1-3pm, Ceramic Decoration Making @Hale shop. This event is £3.50 and open to all. Join us for an afternoon of creating your own ceramic decorations.Printed Wrap

9 Dec – 1-3pm, Wreath Making @Hive. This event is £2.50 and open to all. Join us for our ever popular fresh wreath making session.

14/15 Dec – 10am-4pm, Christmas card and paper printing @Hale shop. This event is £4 and open to all. Join us and create personalised cards and gift wrap.

16 Dec – 12-2pm, Christmas Party @Hive. This event is FREE and open to all. Join us for mulled wine, warm drinks and festive treats.

Hive will close at midday on Christmas eve and re-open on Monday 4th January 2016 at midday.



Arts-award-www Hive is delighted to announce that we are now an official Arts Award Centre.  

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.

Hive is offering the Arts Award Discover introductory level in February 2016.  To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. Arts Award Discover will usually take about 20 hours to comple

Children @Hives dye garden
Children @Hives dye garden. This award provides a great introduction to the arts and to other Arts Award levels. 

‘Arts Award Discover is an amazing opportunity for the children to take part in. It’s really easy to organise the project using a topic from our creative curriculum.  The children thoroughly enjoy the activities and working in the Arts Award log books – another special touch – which gives the Arts Award framework the high profile that it deserves.’ Sheron Bentley, Teacher, Victoria Park Primary in Smethwick

Arts Award Discover @Hive will run during half term on the 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th February 2016. Each day will begin at 10am and finish at 3pm. This award is open to children age 7+ and there are 12 places available. Parents are welcome to attend the course with their children if they would like or it is possible to drop off and pick up at 3pm when the day finishes. Children will need to bring a packed lunch. The cost for the course is £85 per child and they will receive their Discover certificate on completion of the award.

If you are interested in booking a place please contact Joy or Emma @ Hive on 01274 598928 or email us at or

To find out more about Arts Award please click here.

The Great Pottery Throw Down @Hive

Clay throwingWell I don’t know about you but I am loving watching this new #BBC show. Every weekend my daughter and I catch up with what’s been going on in Stoke with the contestants of the show. My daughters top present on the Christmas list is a pot throwing session, I want to make a basin and the phone is ringing off the hook at Hive for places on ceramics courses. Luckily for us and you the WEA has given us the thumbs up for 3 new pottery courses at Hive.

We also have ceramicist Gillian Cordingley offering 1-1 tuition for Throwing for those of you that need to get to grips with the trials and tribulations of pot throwing. These are £35 for 1.5 hours and can be booked at a time to suit. These sessions are wonderful gift ideas.

New ceramics courses @Hive

Taste for clay Weekend  January 9/10 & 23. 10am-3.30pm, £55, Concessions available

This is a three-day course for students who have little or no experience with clay to learn basic techniques of hand-building and simple surface decoration.  This is intended as a

Coiling & handbuilding techniques
Coiling & handbuilding techniques

taster course so that students may choose to enrol on longer courses to learn skills in more depth. We will cover pinch and pebble pots, slab work, coil pots, surface decoration and basic glazing.  Students will produce some pieces to be taken away and some to be collected at the end of the glazing process.

Basic Ceramics: The Great Pottery Build Up  Starts 20th January, 10am-12pm, £51, Concessions available

Basic Ceramics: Potty about Pottery  Starts 13th April, 10am-12pm, £51, Concessions available

These 2,  14 hour courses are a place where students with little or no experience with clay may learn basic hand-building techniques and simple surface decoration.  As the students learn a skill they will have the opportunity to develop a small piece of work based on the technique. We will cover pinch and pebble pots, slab work coil pots, surface decoration and basic glazing.  Students will produce some pieces to be taken away and some to be collected at the end of the glazing process.

I hope there’s something in these offerings that you would like to get involved in, keep up to date with other Hive news via our website or through our social media channels.




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