Mary Thorne


Mary enjoys making ceramics which reflect and are shaped by the contours and seasons of the Wiltshire countryside. A recurring motif in her work is based on the characteristic clumps of trees on the hill tops and along the Ridgeway. Her work is made on the potters wheel and includes a range of domestic ware including mugs, bowls and teapots with the landscape motif picked out in wax resist. She also likes the combination of wood and ceramic, incorporating the grain of the wood into unique landscapes to hang on the wall.

Mary exhibits her work with the Wagon Yard Artists in Marlborough but visits Eastcott Studios on Mondays and Sundays to give throwing lessons by appointment. If you would like to book a session with Mary, please complete a booking form stating which day you prefer and someone will contact you with more information. Mary also accepts commissions.


Jo McAree


Ceramicist, Designer, and Illustrator Jo McAree BA(Hons), DipM, PGCE, is the founder of Eastcott Studios.

Her aim is to create a safe, friendly, supportive environment and facilities where creativity can flourish. Nothing gives her more pleasure than encouraging young and old alike to relax, join in and enjoy the thrill and excitement of working through collaborative or individual projects.

Jo specialises in hand building ceramics and offers Tots & Pots, family, create & chill and open sessions plus pot throwing tasters at Eastcott Studios.

Ex lecturer in Marketing, IT teacher and web designer, Jo designs all our marketing materials including this website. Jo also provides catering for parties and events.

Images: Jo with her granddaughter. Other images include children's book illustration, book cover illustrations and ceramic work by Jo.     



Martina Markich


Creativity can be locked inside us because of the lack of opportunities for us to explore that side of us. Mixed media artist, designer and teacher Martina has positive, enthusiastic way of approaching art and expresses this in all her projects. Martina inspires all her groups to appreciate and enjoy making art.

After studying  art techniques at ‘Beaux Arts’ in Paris Martina  later went on to complete a ‘Art and Design course’ at Kensington and Chelsea College. In year 2000 she achieved ‘BA (Hons) Degree in Mixed Media Art’ at University of Westminster in London. Recently she completed an ‘Art Therapy foundation course’ for BAAT in London. 

Since 2000, Martina has been organising art workshops and exhibitions, teaching foundation courses for Adult Education in London, running mother and toddler therapeutic art sessions for Sure Start centres, working with old people in care centres, preparing relaxing art projects for people with mental health problems, running children art summer schools in UK and Europe, set up courses for home education students in Wiltshire, and other art and media activities.

If you are interested in joining one of Martina's art sessions or would like private tuition in painting or drawing, please contact Martina directly through her website below;


James Eddings


Our unique Artist Development Programme is provided by professional musician James Eddings who has many years teaching experience at all levels. 

James specialises in personal development, building esteem and confidence in his students encouraging them to explore different techniques, styles and types of music in a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment. Currently, James offers Singing Development Workshops, both for solo artists and fun sessions for a Gospel style community Choir

James also offers training and development for musicians, music production and band development in private one-to-one sessions or group workshops, all designed individually to suit your needs.

More about James here:


Rosie Leather

Rosie works with various materials including precious and semi-precious stones, metals and epoxy resin. She takes inspiration from the natural world and has developed a style that is based on organic forms and textures. Rosie tries to represent these ideas when creating earrings, brooches, necklaces and rings.

As an art jewellery maker or studio craftsperson, Rosie's work emphasizes creative expression and design which is a little different from what you would normally find from more conventional fine jewellery. Although they used a very different medium, her favourite artists are Mark Rothko and Cy Twombly and you can see how her work has been inspired by theirs in its expression and freedom. Cy Twombly’s Quattro Stagioni, which is a series of four enormous paintings, is her absolute favourite piece of art because of its use of colour and almost violent expression of the four seasons.

Rosie spent an intensive month in India learning from a jewellery guru, learning basic techniques and exploring her own ideas and capabilities, she now offers short workshops where she introduces working with wire, beads, coils, spirals and resin enabling beginners to create their own unique pieces of Jewellery to take home.

You can also buy Rosie's work through some local independent shops including Swindon Pulse Wholefoods and the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery Shop.

Rosie will also be exhibiting her work at Eastcott Studios as part of the Swindon Open Studios in September 







Check out Rosie's classes here

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'Drop in' workshops & pot throwing sessions, great fun for ALL the family!


SESSION TIMES - Timetable & Prices

 Just itching to have a go? Call Jo on 07747804487, come for a look around and a chat! Try an evening class, or just 'drop in' to one of our regular, friendly & informal sessions:

 Term Time CLASSES (Pre-book):

Mon 6.30-8.30pm (adults & pot throwing)

Tues & Wed 10.30, 11.30, 7.30 (1hr pot throwing tasters)

Tues 6.30-8.30pm (adults)

Wed 6.30-7.30pm (improvers pot throwing)

Sun by appointment (pot throwing)



Tues 10.30-11.30pm (Tots & pots)

Tues & Wed 12-2pm (adults)

Tues & Wed 4-6pm (All ages & After-school club)

Tues & Wed 6.30-8.30pm (adults)



(subject to sufficient interest)

Jewellry Making

Wood Burning (pyrography)

Contact us or go to Events page for more info. Can't make any of these times but love to join in? Call us, you never know! 

SCHOOLS & GROUPS, call Jo on 07747804487 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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