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The Academy team

Taz Pollard MA Tutor at The Ceramics Academy
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Taz Pollard MA

Tutor/Technician/Person who pays the bills ;)

Taz teaches three of our general pottery classes; Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Wednesday mornings plus one-off workshops and masterclasses.

‘I have been teaching pottery for over twenty years from beginner right through to degree level. I was lucky enough to train at both Cardiff and Bath Universities for my BA (Hons) and MA and Plymouth for my PGCE. I started my career as a thrower but have moved on to large-scale coil-thrown work in recent years. My work has been exhibited around the world picking up the odd award along the way. I have been running The Ceramics Academy for the last 8 years. Teaching is my absolute passion and providing a safe and supportive place for people to be is paramount. I love it!’



Beth teaches our Saturday hand-building workshops and two of our general pottery classes in which she focuses on hand-building skills

Coming from a design background having worked in interiors, textiles and merchandising, Beth found her niche working with clay and today she has her own studio at home.

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Beth teaching at Saturday hand-building workshop at The Ceramics Academy
Sarah painting Ceramic Pottery Birds


Business Manager/Technician

Sarah is one of our technicians and has recently assumed the role of Business Manager. 

‘I really enjoy working at the academy and the variety that the two different roles bring. The natural organiser in me is balanced out through being creative! I fell in love with clay when I started lessons with Taz and now make from my small home studio. I currently make stoneware birds which are finished in a variety of designs using slip and transfers for underglaze decoration.’

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Apprentice Technician/Social Media Marketer

Jo is our first Apprentice Technician, which she is doing alongside a Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing. Jo will also be running Children’s workshops for 7 - 13 yr old's, drop-in pottery and chat sessions on Friday mornings.

She is also an artist, children’s book author and illustrator, writing stories to promote social, and emotional learning. From a young age, Jo has loved being creative as a way of expressing herself. With bold colours and photo-realistic pet portraits - she hopes to help people feel those big emotions often masked to fit in and inspire others to take up a creative hobby to promote mental health.

You can see Jo’s art at

Jo holding a Pot athe The Ceramics Academy
Artist Jo Blake painting
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