Pottery for Beginners

12-15 March 2018
led by resident artist, Gill Miller

Enjoy a stimulating and fun experience in clay work under the tutelage of a qualified potter and instructor. You will have the opportunity to try a variety of hand building and decorating techniques, and should complete several pieces during your stay. Suitable for both complete beginners and those with some experience. All tools and materials will be provided, all you need is an apron and enthusiasm.

About the tutor
Gill is an experienced art teacher and master craftsman, available to teach workshops and private classes in a variety of disciplines. A qualified teacher of Art & Design, Gill also co-ordinates the local community Art Group on a voluntary basis. Gill is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, She specialised in Ceramics, gaining a B.A.Hons in 1984. She went on to complete a traditional apprenticeship in stained and embossed glass, and worked as a qualified master craftsman in this area until 2000. She now works in a variety of media, inspired by her island home on the West Coast of Scotland.

There is a fixed price for events on our Open Programme and accommodation is available on a first come first served basis. The College has 4 single rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 4 twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 2 double rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 1 family room (double & single) with shared bathroom facilities, 2 en-suite twin rooms, 2 en-suite double rooms and 1 en-suite family room (1 double & 2 singles). Please select the type of accommodation that best meets your needs. Double or twin rooms may be used for single occupancy where needed.

This retreat is offered both residential and non-residential

£273 part board including all materials, or £140 non-residential (includes lunch & all materials)

Please note: Resident guests receive B&B in addition to the course and lunch. Evening meals are taken off site at your own expense.

Friends’ Bursary Scheme
We do not want cost to prevent anyone from attending an event at The College of The Holy Spirit. Please see here for details of a bursary scheme run by the Friends of the Cathedral of The Isles.

For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund. If we receive less than 2 weeks’ notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change on course places. If a date change has been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.


To book a place on any of our open retreats please complete the details below. Once received we will confirm your booking with you and send an invoice for payment of your deposit.
  • Please select the retreat that you wish to attend from this list
  • Please indicate your preference of accommodation. Note that En-suite facilities are limited and may not always be available.
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