Norfolk: A successful woman in the pottery business

Published:
15:13 19 May 2022



Update:
3:36 PM May 19, 2022

A Norfolk woman who gave up her teaching career and decided to follow her passion started a successful pottery business.

Jennie Woods, from Poringland, started her business Walrus Ceramics in November last year after winning praise from teachers who trialled her pottery lessons after school.

Following her popularity, Ms. Woods decided to take the plunge and turn her hobby into a job, even adding extra classes to keep up with demand.


One of the creations made at Walrus Ceramics

One of the creations made at Walrus Ceramics
– Credit: Jennie Woods

She said: “I didn’t expect such a positive reaction at all, I thought I would only do one class on Saturday morning.

“A lot of people joined by word of mouth. It’s important to me that it helped other people with their mental health.”

Ms Woods, who has taught as a teacher at several Norwich schools over the past 18 years, now runs classes one Wednesday and two Saturdays.

She said people describe her classes as “their once-a-week therapy” and that it was a great way to relieve stress.

“Pottery is brilliant for mindfulness,” she added. “You can switch off and the hours disappear.”


The majority of products are wheeled

The majority of products are wheeled
– Credit: Jennie Woods

The majority of products are wheel thrown, mostly white earthenware with individual glaze combinations, meaning each item is unique.

Today Ms Woods runs two-hour classes at Bramerton Village Hall – and often gets new requests from people wanting to try something different.

She praised the things people have created in her sessions, but stressed that pottery is for people of all abilities.


Jennie organizes pottery classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Jennie organizes pottery classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays
– Credit: Jennie Woods

Ms Woods added: “We have 12 people in a class at the moment and it’s pretty much perfect because I can spend time with everyone.

“Some of the things people have created are amazing and that’s especially great when you consider that these are the first things they’ve ever done.

“I like that there is a whole range of ages and it would be nice to welcome more men into the classes too.”

Six courses cost £125 with all materials and equipment supplied, including clay and glaze.

Although Wednesday classes are now full, there are still several places available on Saturday.

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