The Great Pottery Throw Down

The “Great Throw Down” series on T.V. has awakened interest in pot-making (tho’ it was hardly a full, or accurate picture of the ancient craft !).  I’ve put 3 dates down when I can fit courses in, and may manage others later.  They’ll be first-come (i.e. deposit paid), first served.  (see ‘Courses’ page for details.)  Please contact us by phone or email rather than replying on the Courses page.  Ring 01773 603181 or email

An Appreciator !

“What a wonderful film this latest one is.

Sitting here, some 3,000 miles away, I am now transported back to Riddings, and to this unique pottery. The temperature of the kiln room, the smell of the drying clay, all sensed anew! Great to see and hear again.

Anyone who as ever wanted to learn about pottery and have a go at making something should visit John and Pat. They have created a perfect environment to nurture your innate creativity. This is an ancient knowledge, passed on by a master craftsman and teacher, and a rare opportunity to spend time well.”

Kevin Alanson

It’s a mystery?

October 25th 2012

I have just stumbled on this strange montage of photos from 2006. I’ve no idea who took it, or more importantly who contrived the montage.  There appears to be a floral clock (Edinburgh ??) in the central strip.

Anyway, it shows a range of pots in our Gallery – THEN.


It’s a mystery ?



Welcome to our new website



We are the same pottery….hands-on….informal….workaholic….but with a re-vamped website, whose highlight is a batch of short films made by our delightful young friends, Carly & Martin. There is a film in textiles, one in courses, an introductory film about us and six more in pottery.

JOHN RIVERS is the potter, who has built his own gas kiln and digs his own clay locally.

PAT SMITH is the gentle presiding presence and occasional chef, who now pursues her passion of crafting with textiles.

We invite you to browse the films, leaf through all our pages, and visit us in person where  you can chat, watch, learn, maybe have-a-go, make up a formal party for an official ‘visit’, buy something unique, commission something.  Or come on a course….

See below for all our ongoing news.