Opening Times

Please note: Following a positive COVID-19 test The Clay Studio is closed until 25 January. We are planning to reopen on Wednesday 26 January.


Admission is by advance booking only and subject to Terms & Conditions in order to ensure comfort of our visitors. New painters may not be admitted outside session times. Sessions last two hours except Thursday evening that lasts from 5.30 to 9.30. Thursday evening sessions should be booked by 4pm that day. We cannot guarantee tables for any painters not booked in advance. At quiet times it may be possible to extend your session time.

During Dorset/Hampshire school holidays and most bank holidays we are open seven days a week. At other times we are normally closed Monday and Tuesday. 


Order on-line and take-home remain in place for those who prefer to paint at home.

The Clay Studio does not admit painters within 90 minutes of our advertised closing time.

The Clay Studio reserves the right to close one hour early on quiet days or when there are no further bookings. We will close from 4pm-5pm on Thursdays if there are no advance bookings for the evening session and 4pm on Saturdays. If you are collecting pottery you may wish to arrive before then or check that we are open.

Advance Closure Notice

We will be closed 1 - 25 January 2022. We are planning to reopen Wednesday 26 January at 10am.

We will be closed 19 February 2022.

At times of extended closure we will not be firing so pottery return will take longer than usual. Our staff will advise on anticipated completion dates.