About Lark Lane Pottery
Lark Lane Pottery has a friendly community feel and is open to beginners, enthusiasts and developing potters of all ages and from all backgrounds.
The Pottery is part of the Lark Lane Community Centre at the Old Police Station on Lark Lane, postcode L17 8UU. The Pottery is accessed from the first door on the side street, Sefton Grove. The pottery is located in the old cells so the layout can be a little impractical, but workable, at busy times.
The pottery is run by John Parker (who has been there for many years) and John Ayling (who joined relatively recently).
What we offer
We provide space, tools and equipment for you to realise your projects in clay. We provide facilities for working on the wheel (7 spaces) and for hand-building by coiling, 'slabbing' or modelling (9-10 spaces). We use red earthenware clay body and generally try to offer this 'soft' for throwing and 'firm' for hand-building.
We have a limited number of coloured slips that can be applied to a finished pot prior to drying in order to achieve a different surface colour. We have underglaze colours that can be painted onto 'biscuit-fired' white slip for use underneath a transparent glaze. We have about 8 glazes in use at any one time for achieving different colours and effects.
If you are a complete beginner we will be glad to help get you started by showing you basic techniques for making pots on the wheel and by hand-building. Please go to our Beginners Page for more information...
The pottery is open for sessions as follows (Beginners block session times in bold):
Wednesday 10am - 12pm 1-3pm
Saturday 12-2pm 3-5pm
From April 1st 2018 the cost of a two hour session is £12.
The price charged for finished ware is 25p per item plus £1 per pound in weight.
Our Booking System
We hope the booking system will make the pottery easy to use for everyone; we are happy to receive feedback.
If you want to attend the middle-hour on a Wednesday or a Saturday in addition to a booked 2-hour session, you are welcome to do so on an ad-hoc basis payable on the day at £6/hour.
We are sorry we are no longer able to offer part-sessions.
We are here to provide facilities for beginners and developing potters. We are unable to accommodate large volumes of repetition work from skilled throwers. If you reach the stage where you are ready to establish your own / shared making space, we will be happy to support you with practical and technical advice. Our priority is to fire students work which was made in our sessions but we may on occasions, be able to fire work made outside the pottery (at 50pence per item plus £2 per pound weight); please talk to us in each instance before bringing work in.