The Village Pottery is a family-run pottery in Clifton, west Bristol. It is a small space that manages to fit in a lovely showroom of handcrafted ceramic items, a studio where workshops are run, a cafe and a great little garden area where you can relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings.
The Village Pottery in was founded by Jen Hamilton in 2005. While studying for a degree in Ceramics in Cardiff she fell in love with making forms on the potter’s wheel. She also became committed to establishing the link between the aesthetic qualities of the items that she makes with the everyday functional use of those objects. Jen feels strongly that “handmade objects have a soul, they tell a story, and these functional, yet aesthetically pleasing pieces, can enlighten everyday actions”. By opening The Village Pottery, Jen was able to fulfil her dream to set up a space where she had a studio, shop and café. She wanted people to be able to come in and use her work whilst watching and learning how pottery is made.
Since opening in 2005, The Village Pottery has become an established landmark in the heart of Clifton Village. As you walk into the small but tranquil premises, you see the beautiful handcrafted pottery items that are for sale in the shop area. It is in this part of the space that Jen also runs her café, with handmade cakes and beverages served on her own handmade cups and plates. On a fine day, you can take your refreshments out to the lovely garden area adjacent to the shop.
Beyond the shop area is the studio in which Jen runs pottery making lessons. The classes range from a one-to-one Taster lesson which includes an introductory half-hour session on the wheel (suitable for all ages, cost £15) to a Wheel & Hand Building & Glazing lesson for 2 pupils (a one-hour lesson on the wheel plus hand-building with a follow-up half hour glazing lesson, suitable for 9 years and above, cost £70). Your creations are fired in the kiln and can be collected a few weeks after the class. For larger groups Jen runs workshop sessions from her other studio in Easton-in-Gordano, just 10 minutes from Clifton. It is from here that she runs parties, including hen parties, birthday parties for children and adults, and much more. Gift vouchers are available to puchase lessons and other items.
Jen also delivers a series of bespoke pottery making services. One of these is Baby Feet Imprinting where you can capture the imprint of your newborn’s tiny feet with Baby Imprinting. She also offers Baby Feet Printing and Birth Plates. Equally popular is the Unique Ceramic Wedding List service that she has developed. Choose a dinner service as a wedding gift and your friends can purchase parts of the service for you (and all pottery can have personalised messages, names and dates engraved on the base so that you will always have a reminder of your friends’ wonderful gift).
Jen has also been creating bespoke tableware for a range of restaurants and cafés, including Primrose Café, Lahloo Pantry, Casamia, Edith May Tea Room and Wilks Restaurant.
To find out more about The Village Pottery visit their website: http://www.thevillagepottery.co.uk