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Handmade to Last

32 Mount Ida Road, Banbridge, County Down, BT32 4HF
  • Potter Trevor Woods provides hands-on instruction during the Handmade to Last experience

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Mount Ida Pottery is a purpose-built pottery studio, surrounded by the Dromara Hills in a beautiful rural setting. Much of the pottery’s output is inspired by the local environment and the farming traditions of the area. 

You’ll receive a warm welcome from Trevor Woods, the personable and enthusiastic owner of Mount Ida Pottery. His affable nature immediately puts you at ease, encouraging you to get in touch with your creative self. Trevor trained as an art and design teacher and worked for more than three decades in the profession, developing his ceramic skills in his spare time.

Trevor’s very keen to share his passion for pottery and the story of how he came to be a ceramicist. As he entertains you with his stories, he’ll invite you to try your hand at crafting your own ceramic piece: a high-quality glazed Co Down farm animal, inspired by those in the fields nearby. With the help of Trevor’s patient and expert guidance, you’ll be amazed at what you achieve in the next few hours. You'll find the therapeutic effects of kneading clay in this calm and beautiful place are very rewarding too.

You’ll be encouraged to inscribe your piece with your own signature. Then, to give it an extra lustre, Trevor will add the finishing touched with a coat of glaze. Once it's fired Trevor will mail it to you. If you can't wait that long, there’s a small shop on the premises so you can take a piece of Mount Ida pottery home with you that day. A truly rewarding (and relaxing) way to spend a day.

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Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted
During the handmade to last experience you'll learn how to create your own clay farm animal

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Half Day£75.00 activity

Hand Building Half Day (3 Hours) £75 Hand building half day courses which includes a return visit to glaze. This includes evening sessions.

Hand Building Full Day (6 Hours) £150 Make pieces using slab building techniques by forming the clay by hand. Your inspiration can either be drawn from the work we do in the studio or you can bring your own ideas and we can help you achieve your desired outcome. This always includes tea/coffee and treats on offer. Hand building which includes a return visit to glaze.

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Opening Times

* Saturday courses:10:30 – 16:00
Half day 10:00 to 12:00 or 14:00 to 16:00
Evening course: 19:00 – 21:00

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