Pottery Training and Courses

Two courses designed to give you the best possible start running a 'Pottery Painting Business'


Fancy being your own boss?

Working in a creative industry?

...Loving what you do?

...Helping create amazing, timeless works of art?

.... ...while making a living too!?

Well then,...why not:


Run your own Pottery Painting Business?


Whether you are considering running a small home based 'Mobile Business', travelling to customers and fitting in appointments around your existing life schedule, or a full-on 'Static' high street studio, we are here to help guide you...From taking the first steps; understanding the processes involved in creating beautiful wares as well as helping you form your own individual business plan.We can help by suggesting initial stock requirements to fit your budget, and critically, being here to help support and grow your business as it develops.Remember,.. we succeed when you succeed. Our business is built on long term commitment and support.


Ceramics is our business.Join us and make it yours too!


Our course is the perfect way to begin a new business within the contemporary ceramics market. Take the worry out of starting up a new ceramic cafe or mobile pottery painting enterprise. Let Jane and Matthew give you the benefit of their lifetime's of experience within the ceramics industry, both as decorators themselves, and long standing suppliers to some of the most successful Pottery Painting businesses throughout the U.K. You'll not simply see 'how it's done', but also learn how to make the most of your own business opportunity, working through the various business models from home studio, to mobile and up to static high street shop locations. Whatever your individual plan, we will help prepare you for the successful opening of your own business!

The day begins at 9:30am, stopping for lunch (please bring your own) at around 1pm, and usually concluding around 5pm

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We run these courses at regular intervals throughout the year, usually on a Friday, hosted at our fabulous studio here in Berkshire. A full day packed full of useful advice as well as decorating experience, giving you the 'hands-on' experience necessary to be familiar with the products used, ensuring the work your customers produce will be of the highest quality. The atmosphere is relaxed and open, please ask any questions about the new business you are looking to set up. No two new ceramic studios are the same, and your circumstances will probably differ from others.

We are dedicated to the success of your new venture,

Our success depends on it!

You'll learn:

* What equipment may be required,

* What are the costs involved,

* Several simple techniques to pass on to your customers,

* How to successfully glaze a piece,

* How to develop your business into other potentially overlooked sectors,

* Where to market your business,

* Guidance and ideas from our experience dealing with the smartest studios around,

* Important health and safety, public liability aspects of runing a PYO pottery business,

* How to efficiently use and maintain a kiln,

and a whole lot more....



Give yourself the peace of mind knowing you have had the best possible business preparation, avoiding costly mistakes in the early days. The kick-start your business needs for early success.

A full day packed with guidance, tips and advice. The lunch you need to bring with you, however we will provide drinks tea, coffee, water etc, throughout your stay with us.

Price is 145. Click below to reserve your place.

Note: Our main teaching studio is upstairs, please let know if you have any accessibility concerns.


If you have more questions and would like some real world advice from a studio Owner who has 'been there' - 'done that' and is proof this is not only a viable, profitable enterprise, but a fulfilling and enjoyable lifestyle too, consider booking onto our Business Box course with studio Owner - Tracey Harman.



Business Basics with Dixie Dot Crafts with Tracey Harman

Dixie Dot Crafts is a successful pottery painting and craft studio that opened in 2017.

Join me, Tracey, the owner at Dixie Dot and I will guide you through the useful basics of running a pottery painting business so that you can kick off your own venture in style.


You might love pottery painting and have a passion to share with the world but how do you do the business bit? You might even have run businesses in the past, but how does it work in the ceramic world?



In this fun and informal session we will talk about:

- how to create, sustain and run your social media effectively

- ideas on how to grow your customer base, fast!

- how your studio will run on a day to day basis

- the technical foundations you'll need to build your business

- Marketing ideas and how they can help you plan for success



Quite often when people embark on a new challenge they can dwell on what if it all goes wrong but I'm going to flip those thoughts over and help you prepare for what happens when it all goes RIGHT!


You'll find out, with frank honesty(!) more about my journey, the pitfalls, the highs, the lows and everything in between. I'll also share my top tips on turning my business on it's head during a global pandemic which has meant not only has Dixie Dot survived but thrived, with business stronger than ever.


This is an interactive session, not a presentation, I want to hear all about your dreams and ideas so that I can help to point you in the right direction and set you up to love what you do, even the bits you hate!


Please come armed to take notes, ask a million questions and have a giggle!


Book your place right here:



Ceramics is our business, join us and make it yours too!


Our spacious studio is in Grazeley, near Reading, RG7 1JF. Join us for a 9:30am start, all materials supplied.