The Pot Place


The Pot Place, originally set up by Frances Hillier, is a small on-site pottery workshop at Valley View HQ where resident potter Penny Ireland offers workshops, classes and two- or three-day training courses for Valley View guests and local residents .

Penny Ireland

I studied portraiture and life sculpture at the Art Academy and the Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury, ceramic techniques at City Lit and pottery at the Maze Hill Pottery in Greenwich.  After taking courses with Yorkshire based sculptor Brendan Hesmondhaulgh, I moved from the human figure to specialise in wild life subjects and  experiment with texture and glaze effects on hand built pottery.

My immediate environment is my source of inspiration and the coast at Lyme Regis is fascinating and provides an endless source of material that fires my imagination.

I enjoy inspiring others to discover their own creative potential and support them to find their own unique way of expressing it in a way that feels right for them.

In my classes you will have an opportunity to explore some basic hand-building modelling techniques, making a unique keepsake that reminds you of your holiday/local environment. I will also have a small selection of pieces that can be decorated.

Classes are aimed at all levels. It would be helpful to me if you are able to let me know what experience you do have and what you would hope to achieve from the session prior to the day.

A portable pottery wheel is available to use on request and am happy for people to ‘have a go’ .

These sessions will hopefully fire your imagination and offer a lasting memory of a wonderful holiday experience, or a continual reminder of the beauty of your surroundings.

The cost of the course: £45 for the first 2 hours and £20 per any extra hours.  This is for a maximum of 2 people; £20 per extra person. 

This includes basic material.  Firing, glazing and postage costs are extra.

For more details please contact Penny on 07702 380 235  or send an email

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