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Mug making with Wedge Studio in Newquay

Tucked away in a creative corner of the north Cornwall seaside town, known as Wesley Yard (also home to an array of creative, independent businesses), Wedge opened its doors in May 2021.

People around a table making pottery mugs with Wedge Studio in Newquay

Originally a carpenter by trade, founder and Creative Director Andrew Foley started ceramics as a hobby, and caught the pottery bug. Alongside running the studio, Andy now creates mostly large scale vases and sculptures. Studio lead Danielle Smith fell in love with ceramics whilst studying art at University, and now produces bright, characterful pieces.

A collection of thrown mugs on a shelf at Wedge Studio in Newquay

Andy says “we live by Fistral Beach in Newquay, where our garage has been a clay-spattered pottery studio with a kiln we couldn’t wire in, and our spare room doubles as a jewellery workshop and wellbeing factory. We know what it's like to be following your passion from the hallway and tripping over your tools. That’s why we created Wedge. We believe in making space to explore new skills and projects and have a good time, and that practical arts should be for everyone, not just for those who can afford the kit and the space”.

Eight of our team were welcomed to the studio by Andy. After introductions over a cup of tea (in handmade mugs of course) and a quick tour of the workspace, the team were set to work, with Andy guiding every step of the way.

Hannah getting clay ready to shape a mug

Wedge offers a range of workshops and courses, whether you’ve got two hours, one day or several weeks spare! Our team did a two-hour mug making workshop, where Andy talked us through the process, including the basics and hand-building techniques, to create our own masterpieces. Everything needed was provided, except the inspiration for the mug design! Our team created a mixture of bell shaped, tapered mugs and egg designs, with chunky handles, filigree style and some very inventive patterns and textures.

Two mugs ready for the kiln

Jude Smeeth, Property Manager for Aspects Holidays says ‘Wedge Studio mug making experience was awesome, it was great to produce an individual clay mug with the guidance of Andy, who was really helpful and patient! Loved it, very therapeutic and relaxing’.

Jenna Ali, PR Executive enjoyed creating a personalised mug “The mug making class at Wedge was fantastic, it was incredibly satisfying creating a mug from scratch! Andy was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, taking care to ensure we were all happy with our creations. I loved that each of our mugs was completely unique!”

Whilst Property Manager Rosina Perry highly recommended the workshop “Would definitely do it again, perfect thing to do with a group of friends or family.”

Jenna creating a mug at Wedge Studio, Newquay

Wedge isn’t just for the grown-ups, with their Family Mud Club and school holiday playshops, kids can get creative with demonstrations, all tailored for the little ones and with plenty of time for freestyling. 

If you’re interested in learning pottery, partaking in a workshop or popping along to a Mud Club, get in touch with Andy and Danielle. If you fancy visiting Newquay and unleashing your creativity, take a look at our holiday cottages in Newquay.

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