2023 Summer classes will be held on:
June 12th-16th
July 9th – 16th
August 13th – 20th

Please watch this space for updates.

2023 marks the forty-sixth year of the pottery being in Queen Camel.

Enjoy the intensive teaching in the relaxed atmosphere of a modern studio.  Learn the timeless skills of the potter and fire pots by the magic of burning wood to 1300 deg C, deep in the Somerset countryside. 


Douglas standing up, throwing a very large pot

Pottery Skills sessions

Douglas plans to restart these sessions in January 2023 depending on covid conditions  

Douglas throwing off a hump

Summer school

For 2023 Ridge Pottery will be open to students for week-long pottery courses during the summer

June 12th – 16th
July 9th – 16th
August 13th 20th

This site deals mostly with the teaching side of our endeavours and with the production of our pots 

I established Ridge Pottery in Queen Camel, Somerset, in 1977, with the aim firstly of making beautiful and useful pots of all kinds and sizes and secondly to continue with the international summer school I had started in Devon. In partnership with Jennie and with the help of many assistants, this quickly became a reality. 

From the ground up! 

We dig our own clay; our glazes are made from local materials, and we wood-fire our finished stoneware pottery. We are devoted to making good, useable pots, delighting in the timeless skill of working in clay and promoting the fulfilling life of creating with hand, eye and the earth’s materials. 

Help find the helpers!

In 1972 a participant, seeing how much physical work was involved in running these workshops, offered to stay on and help out and I gratefully accepted. And so the tradition started of students... READ MORE


With the establishment of the pottery in Queen Camel, came the decision to fire all pots with the use of wood as a fuel. The aim was to be as environmentally positive as... READ MORE