Have a cuppa from your own teapot at pottery class

Diane Nicholson, of Muddy Fingers Pottery, and partner Marvin Kitshaw.
Diane Nicholson, of Muddy Fingers Pottery, and partner Marvin Kitshaw.
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People who like a cuppa can make their own teapot at a pottery class.

The Customs House, in South Shields, is hosting a teapot-making workshop to help people create their own bespoke design.

They’re great fun and the teapots are made to your design and choice of colour, so they can be special just to you.

Diane Nicholson

The session runs at the Mill Dam venue on Sunday, May 28, and will be led by Jarrow-based Muddy Fingers Pottery.

Diane Nicholson, from the company, regularly hosts these sessions alongside her partner Marvin Kitshaw.

She said: “They’re great fun and the teapots are made to your design and choice of colour, so they can be special just to you.

“We sell our pottery to some of the UK’s best restaurants and stores, but we also love hosting these workshops, showing people how creative you can be and how flexible pottery can be.

“Everyone likes tea, and this is a chance to make your very own pot.”

She added: “Over the course of the workshop you will learn how to decorate and assemble the various parts of your pot. The teapots will then be taken back to Muddy Fingers Pottery to be fired and glazed in a glaze of your choice. The teapots will be dropped back off at the Custom House about three weeks later for you to pick up.”

The teapots will be dishwasher and microwave proof.

Muddy Fingers provides tableware for Michelin-starred chefs Jason Atherton and Tom Kerridge, as well as for luxury label Burberry’s staff bistro.

The cost of the workshop is £35, which will include tea and coffee, and no experience is necessary, but participants must be over 16.

To book a place, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or ring 0191 4541234, and for more information on Muddy Fingers Pottery, go to www.muddyfingerspottery.com

The Customs House is the regional strategic lead for Arts Award with Culture Bridge North East and has supported hundreds of young people to achieve Arts Award at all five levels, as well as training hundreds of teachers and arts professionals as Arts Award advisors.

Outside of formal education, the Customs House has delivered Arts Award through a young mums’ unit, a children in care council, a Glee Club, a break dance crew and through foster carers and their families.

Muddy Fingers Pottery is based at Unit 9, Royal Industrial Estate, Blackett Street, Jarrow, and offers a variety of classes and activities as well as night classes.