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What you have to say about the Parlour...

Natalie, Taunton. Hen Party

"Thank you for a fantastic time on Saturday! We came along for my hen do and had a great time! I had no idea we were doing this as it was arranged by my friend but I loved everything about it; the dressing up, the making, the painting, the quirky stu ...

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Natalie, Taunton. Hen Party

"Thank you for a fantastic time on Saturday! We came along for my hen do and had a great time! I had no idea we were doing this as it was arranged by my friend but I loved everything about it; the dressing up, the making, the painting, the quirky studio and Ness was lovely too. Definitely recommend!!"

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Charley, Wimborne. Hen Party

“Thank you Vanessa and Anna for such a wonderful afternoon on Saturday for us hens. We all loved every single minute and getting to dress up was fabulous! See you soon. Xxx”   ...

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Charley, Wimborne. Hen Party

“Thank you Vanessa and Anna for such a wonderful afternoon on Saturday for us hens. We all loved every single minute and getting to dress up was fabulous! See you soon. Xxx”  

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Zara, Bournemouth. Hen Party

“The four of us had a wonderful time this morning! Thank you to Lindsay for being so kind, patient and being an excellent tutor!” ...

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Zara, Bournemouth. Hen Party

“The four of us had a wonderful time this morning! Thank you to Lindsay for being so kind, patient and being an excellent tutor!”

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Penny, Cornwall. Hen Party style Baby Shower

“Our best friend wanted a slightly different baby shower and suggested a pottery class. We found The Pottery Parlour online near to where she lives and 6 of us travelled from Cornwall, 2 from Bristol and 2 from London to join Amy for her shower. It ...

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Penny, Cornwall. Hen Party style Baby Shower

“Our best friend wanted a slightly different baby shower and suggested a pottery class. We found The Pottery Parlour online near to where she lives and 6 of us travelled from Cornwall, 2 from Bristol and 2 from London to join Amy for her shower. It was completely worth the trip!! Vanessa made booking the class easy and Lindsay and Anna helped a huge amount on the day. We had so much fun!! We immediately dressed up in all sorts of costumes which put everyone at ease. We had an easy to follow demonstration on the wheel and with 3 wheels didn't have to wait long for a go. When we were waiting, we were making and decorating all sorts on the table. It was so much fun and we cannot recommend it highly enough!”  

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James, Cheshire. Family group workshop

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for a fantastic pottery session last Thursday!  I've never seen our children so excited before an activity and you didn't disappoint.  Lindsay has a very natural, open style that r ...

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James, Cheshire. Family group workshop

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for a fantastic pottery session last Thursday!  I've never seen our children so excited before an activity and you didn't disappoint.  Lindsay has a very natural, open style that really helped us get the most from the session ... and also great taste in reggae to boot! We can't wait to receive the fired items in the post ... In particular Sophie's volcanic island is widely anticipated by all the family! Would you be able to pass on our genuine thanks to Lindsay for a great session!”

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Alice, Shaftesbury. Children's group workshop

“Thank you so much for a fantastic afternoon on Thursday. Everyone LOVED it! It was such a joy to have 5 children quiet, focused and having a laugh! Lindsay was a total legend. Thanks a million and see you soon.” ...

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Alice, Shaftesbury. Children's group workshop

“Thank you so much for a fantastic afternoon on Thursday. Everyone LOVED it! It was such a joy to have 5 children quiet, focused and having a laugh! Lindsay was a total legend. Thanks a million and see you soon.”

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Janine, Wareham. Children's group workshop

“My 2 children LOVE the Pottery Parlour (& so do I!). We've had a few "parties" there now and always had a fantastic time. It's great that everyone has a chance to use the wheel and also to create a masterpiece of their own imaginings. We've ta ...

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Janine, Wareham. Children's group workshop

“My 2 children LOVE the Pottery Parlour (& so do I!). We've had a few "parties" there now and always had a fantastic time. It's great that everyone has a chance to use the wheel and also to create a masterpiece of their own imaginings. We've taken a variety of ages along and always been amazed at what children are capable of (not to mention Vanessa & Anna!)”  

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Fiona, Bournemouth. Family group workshop

“Pottery painting coffee shops have popped up all over the place, but many are franchises and most offer a range of standard pots, bowls, plates or figures for you to paint. When I stumbled on Vanessa’s ‘Pottery Parlour Dorset’ website, I kne ...

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Fiona, Bournemouth. Family group workshop

“Pottery painting coffee shops have popped up all over the place, but many are franchises and most offer a range of standard pots, bowls, plates or figures for you to paint. When I stumbled on Vanessa’s ‘Pottery Parlour Dorset’ website, I knew that I’d found a gem and booked an afternoon’s fun for my two nieces, aged 4 and 8, my sister and me.

Vanessa’s pottery parlour is quite simply unique. It’s like walking into an inspirational jewellery box tucked away in a glorious, quirky, upper room in one of Blandford’s Georgian buildings. As soon as you walk in you just know that you’re going to have fun. There are pots of paints, fairy lights and eccentric objets d’art all over the place, from the rafters to the windowsills.

In the centre of the room, or perhaps I should call it the studio, is a large painting station and to the side are three potter’s wheels. At Vanessa’s you start by actually throwing your very own pot. You get to play with the clay! Vanessa takes you through the process, first centring the clay on the potter’s wheel and then working with it to create a pot. And it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work out perfectly. Each pot is unique. It’s yours and has its very own character.

Then with the wonders of modern technology Vanessa blasts your pot with a hot gun to dry it off, making it hard enough so that you can paint it. It’s brilliant. You get to decorate your creation then and there. Us four girls were completely absorbed. Time quickly ticked away and by the end of the afternoon all our creations were ready for firing.

We collected the fired and glazed pots a few weeks later. We were delighted with what we’d achieved. I can thoroughly recommend this holistic approach to pottery and painting. It’s huge fun, really relaxing and you get the joy of keeping your creation.”  

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Chloe, London. Mother's Day family workshop

“Thank you for our great pottery class on Mother's day. Can't wait to collect my jug!” ...

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Chloe, London. Mother's Day family workshop

“Thank you for our great pottery class on Mother's day. Can't wait to collect my jug!”

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Karyn, Poole. Children's Party

"The party was absolutely brilliant. Lindsey put the girls completely at ease, explained everything really well, and made the whole experience loads of fun. I'm sure we'll be back!" ...

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Karyn, Poole. Children's Party

"The party was absolutely brilliant. Lindsey put the girls completely at ease, explained everything really well, and made the whole experience loads of fun. I'm sure we'll be back!"

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Emily, Manchester. Private tuition

“Thanks so much for our mucky clay afternoon, we enjoyed every bit of it and can’t wait to come back next time we’re in Dorset. We’re still in shock that we actually ended up with some pretty non wonky efforts and not only that- they’re lov ...

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Emily, Manchester. Private tuition

“Thanks so much for our mucky clay afternoon, we enjoyed every bit of it and can’t wait to come back next time we’re in Dorset. We’re still in shock that we actually ended up with some pretty non wonky efforts and not only that- they’re lovely and stripy and they’re (possibly) going to match our kitchen! Really looking forward to seeing the finished pieces, thanks again we’ll be back!”

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Sharon, Sherborne. Private Tuition

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Lindsay for being so patient with me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the pottery and am very enthused to  get myself set up with my own wheel.” ...

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Sharon, Sherborne. Private Tuition

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Lindsay for being so patient with me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the pottery and am very enthused to  get myself set up with my own wheel.”

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Laura, Bournemouth. Private Tuition

“The experience was a birthday present for my husband who has always wanted to try pottery and he was so surprised when we arrived, the pottery wheels and all the arty colourful stuff everywhere, I could see his eyes light up! We had only planned t ...

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Laura, Bournemouth. Private Tuition

“The experience was a birthday present for my husband who has always wanted to try pottery and he was so surprised when we arrived, the pottery wheels and all the arty colourful stuff everywhere, I could see his eyes light up! We had only planned to stay for 2 hours but Lindsay let us stay for another hour as we were so absorbed. Might be time to start dropping hints about what I want for my birthday soon!”

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Tania, Norfolk. Private Tuition

“I’ve been looking for somewhere to try pottery for so long and never found something quite right- I came across your workshop while searching online and it looked perfect so we came down to Dorset for the weekend- we were really looking forward ...

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Tania, Norfolk. Private Tuition

“I’ve been looking for somewhere to try pottery for so long and never found something quite right- I came across your workshop while searching online and it looked perfect so we came down to Dorset for the weekend- we were really looking forward to it and Lindsay was such a good host, we really felt like we’d achieved something at the end of it all- great fun & highly recommended!”

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Katie, Dorset. Children's Party

"I just wanted to say a big thank you for Eleanor's party yesterday. She had a fantastic time and so did  all her friends. Lindsay was brilliant with them and good fun too! I will be recommending you to anyone who needs party ideas." ...

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Katie, Dorset. Children's Party

"I just wanted to say a big thank you for Eleanor's party yesterday. She had a fantastic time and so did  all her friends. Lindsay was brilliant with them and good fun too! I will be recommending you to anyone who needs party ideas."

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Kate, Blandford. Children's Party

"My daughter took 8 of her friends to the Pottery Parlour. We all had a great time, Vanessa did a demonstration for them all on how to centre the clay and then shape it on the wheel. They loved getting really dirty. Some of the younger ones made a ma ...

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Kate, Blandford. Children's Party

"My daughter took 8 of her friends to the Pottery Parlour. We all had a great time, Vanessa did a demonstration for them all on how to centre the clay and then shape it on the wheel. They loved getting really dirty. Some of the younger ones made a massive solid monster that Vanessa kindly hollowed out later so it would dry by the end of the YEAR. Three mums came along and we all had a go too. The time flew by leaving us just enough time to have a mini tea party which we were able to bring along. A truly great party choice....we have been a few times since too."

 

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Sam, Wimborne. Children's Party

“Anna and Linz were amazing at Daisys party on Saturday! Everyone had an amazing time-even my husband! He completely chilled out :) Please say thanks to all involved, the mums that came were really impressed. Told me that I'd found a real gem! &nbs ...

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Sam, Wimborne. Children's Party

“Anna and Linz were amazing at Daisys party on Saturday! Everyone had an amazing time-even my husband! He completely chilled out :) Please say thanks to all involved, the mums that came were really impressed. Told me that I'd found a real gem!  One mum even wants to go with me sometime for some chill out time- so I will see you again!”   

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Nick, Dorchester. Children's Party

“What a lovely day today. The girls had such a great time - so did I. What a little hidden gem in Blandford. You are cool - Anna was great, I love your place. Best wishes with your business and many thanks.”   ...

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Nick, Dorchester. Children's Party

“What a lovely day today. The girls had such a great time - so did I. What a little hidden gem in Blandford. You are cool - Anna was great, I love your place. Best wishes with your business and many thanks.”  

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Carly, Poole. Children's Party

“6 x 7 year old girls had THE BEST time at Pottery Parlour today. All totally entertained and engaged in being creative. Such a fantastic & unique place, our host (Lindsay) was perfect & showed the girls all the techniques. Highly recommend ...

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Carly, Poole. Children's Party

“6 x 7 year old girls had THE BEST time at Pottery Parlour today. All totally entertained and engaged in being creative. Such a fantastic & unique place, our host (Lindsay) was perfect & showed the girls all the techniques. Highly recommend xx”  

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Laura, Weymouth. Children's Party

"Would just like to say a huge thankyou for our pottery session yesterday for Fred’s tenth birthday. Fab time throwing pots, sculpting horses, dressing up in your wonderful array of clothes and hats, painting our creations and eating cake.  Th ...

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Laura, Weymouth. Children's Party

"Would just like to say a huge thankyou for our pottery session yesterday for Fred’s tenth birthday. Fab time throwing pots, sculpting horses, dressing up in your wonderful array of clothes and hats, painting our creations and eating cake.  The pottery parlour is a hidden gem, thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Looking forward to picking up our masterpieces. X”  

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Jacqui, Poole. Children's Party

“Just wanted to say big thanks for yesterday , Elliott and chums had great time with you. He thought you were amazing! See you soon!”    ...

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Jacqui, Poole. Children's Party

“Just wanted to say big thanks for yesterday , Elliott and chums had great time with you. He thought you were amazing! See you soon!”   

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Denise, Verwood. Children's Party

“We all had a great time at the party - the girls (and Mum) all really enjoyed it.  It was fun and different - have been promoting to friends!”     ...

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Denise, Verwood. Children's Party

“We all had a great time at the party - the girls (and Mum) all really enjoyed it.  It was fun and different - have been promoting to friends!”  

 

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Cathryn, Blandford. Children's Party

“Thanks sooo much for a fantastic day on Thursday, we all loved it and the kids are desperate to come back soon!” “I’ve finally picked up our pottery! Ella and Alex were so excited to see the finished thing, both very happy!” ...

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Cathryn, Blandford. Children's Party

“Thanks sooo much for a fantastic day on Thursday, we all loved it and the kids are desperate to come back soon!”

“I’ve finally picked up our pottery! Ella and Alex were so excited to see the finished thing, both very happy!”

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Katharine, Blandford. Children's Parties

“Thanks for a brilliant morning. It's a great place and the kids loved it. We'll definitely be back!”   ...

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Katharine, Blandford. Children's Parties

“Thanks for a brilliant morning. It's a great place and the kids loved it. We'll definitely be back!”

 

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Millie, Sherborne. Clay Day

“Best afternoon possible spent with your children.  My girls loved every minute of their 2 hour session and are begging me to go back.  Getting their hands dirty, making the pots and ornaments themselves and then painting them was their i ...

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Millie, Sherborne. Clay Day

“Best afternoon possible spent with your children.  My girls loved every minute of their 2 hour session and are begging me to go back.  Getting their hands dirty, making the pots and ornaments themselves and then painting them was their idea of heaven. Educational, creative fun – with something to show for the end of it. Lindsey is brilliant with helping the children, teaching them techniques etc.  An absolute must for the holidays.  But do book in advance as they are very popular!”  

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Linda, Poole. Clay Day

“What a brilliant place! I took my 3 children aged 10 and 11 to one of their workshops. We all had a go on the potters wheels and then got stuck into the big bag of clay. Even my son, who doesn't normally like arty crafty things really enjoyed hims ...

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Linda, Poole. Clay Day

“What a brilliant place! I took my 3 children aged 10 and 11 to one of their workshops. We all had a go on the potters wheels and then got stuck into the big bag of clay. Even my son, who doesn't normally like arty crafty things really enjoyed himself. Great to find something that we could all do together. Lovely, relaxed place to go to get really messy - can't wait to pick up our masterpieces!”  

 

 

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Claire, Bournemouth. Clay Day

“Just wanted to thank you for a great morning today.The children had a fantastic time at your workshop and they all agreed that you were lovely!”   ...

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Claire, Bournemouth. Clay Day

“Just wanted to thank you for a great morning today.The children had a fantastic time at your workshop and they all agreed that you were lovely!”

 

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Rachel, Bournemouth. Clay Day

“I took my two girls aged 4 and 6 to the summer workshop at the Pottery Parlour, we spent 2 wonderful hours there. Anna spent ages showing them how to make animals out of clay. It was so relaxed and they loved being able to create their own pieces ...

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Rachel, Bournemouth. Clay Day

“I took my two girls aged 4 and 6 to the summer workshop at the Pottery Parlour, we spent 2 wonderful hours there. Anna spent ages showing them how to make animals out of clay. It was so relaxed and they loved being able to create their own pieces then paint them straight away. They made 4 pieces each and we had a great afternoon. I would thoroughly recommend this quirky, creative and very good value for money experience. Looking forward to having a party there soon.”  

 

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Lucy. Clay Day

"We have a little caravan at the Inside Park.  Love going down and never do it enough! Last summer holidays my daughter found the brochure for your pottery studio and we were lucky to book her in at the very last minute. I loved the feel of your ...

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Lucy. Clay Day

"We have a little caravan at the Inside Park.  Love going down and never do it enough! Last summer holidays my daughter found the brochure for your pottery studio and we were lucky to book her in at the very last minute. I loved the feel of your place.  My father used to be a potter many years ago when he was an art teacher, so lots of lovely memories of clay, I also liked your quirky pots!”

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