Join me; potter Jennifer Holtby, to unleash your creativity through learning hand-built pottery techniques such as; coiling, thumb pots, slab building, glazing and more. Clay is amazingly diverse, apply your imagination to it and create unique pieces of art. Engage your hands and heart in a therapeutic, relaxing activity, in a fun and friendly atmosphere- excellent for wellbeing and boosting self confidence. Meet likeminded people and discover something you didn’t know about yourself.

Workshops can be created for any age, ability and occasion such as; taster days, one-to-one tuition, adult workshops, hen do’s, fundays, village fairs, clubs and groups, children’s workshops, talks and demonstrations, children’s parties, schools and college visits, corporate events and team building events. I can provide Arts Awards qualifications from the Arts Council England as I am an advisor and assessor for all levels of Arts Awards including; Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold and I have an NCFE Level 3 in Education & Training.

Let me share my sixteen years experience of making, exhibiting and selling pottery with you. I am very passionate about helping people embrace their creativity and express themselves through pottery and art.

My own work is very playful and has themes of contradiction and irony, with a strong narrative; please look at my portfolio page for examples. I mainly work in earthenware, but workshops can be provided in earthernware, stoneware, or terracotta; the choice is yours.

Please contact me to arrange a workshop or session, or check my workshops page for details of upcoming events.



Come and learn a new skill, meet new people and create something wonderful to take home and display proudly in your home, or give as a gift. I will provide all the materials and take your work away to fire and return to you.


CHILDREN'S parties

Choose from either clay play or pottery painting, and I will come to your home or venue to help create your masterpieces. Prices start from £10 per person and all materials are included, Work will be taken away to be fired, and returned to you at home within 2-4 weeks.



Bring subjects to life through creative exploration of clay. Lesson plans can be created for any subject and topic and can include literacy and numeracy. Lessons are differentiated for and can be delivered for any key stage, please see my schools page to find out more.


Here’s what people are saying about the Quite Contrary Pottery experience…

Jacqueline attended a mixed children and adults workshop:

”Experienced an amazing clay workshop with Jen. The creativity crossed ages, genders and 'arty' ability, it was hands-on and lots of fun for everyone. Now thinking about a team-building or children's party session to find another reason to do this again!”

Louise brought her family to a slab building workshop:

”Very relax, friendly and professional workshop. The kids really enjoyed themselves and were very pleased and proud of their creations! Looking forward to the next one 😊”

Kathy and her partner came to the Craft Council’s ‘Hey Clay’ event:

“Experienced a relaxed and fun pottery workshop with Jen. She is a great communicator and full of creative ideas and enthusiasm. Looking forward to attending another workshop soon! 😁”