A former secondary school teacher will be launching a new pottery studio in Andover next month. 

Kate Scott worked as a secondary school teacher for over 10 years and, due to the stressful nature of the work, took up pottery classes in Winchester to help her unwind and relax.

It was then that Kate realised that Andover should have its own pottery studio, and December will see Kate's studio open to the community for the first time. 

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Primal Pottery Studio is situated at the Fairground Craft & Design Centre in Weyhill, with Kate delighted to be based where she is, saying: "I couldn't be situated anywhere better."

Andover Advertiser: Inside Kate's new studioInside Kate's new studio (Image: Kate Scott, Canva)

The centre was once one of the largest sheep fairs in the country. Because of their age, the buildings are rustic and quirky. There is also a cafe and many other shops and studios, which also run classes and workshops.

Kate said: "With my studio, I want to provide an inclusive learning space, so people can explore their creativity. I believe everyone should have access to art and have the opportunity to find their voice and expression through clay.

"But, the studio isn't just about 'making something'. I want it to be about learning something new and having fun - that's where the teacher in me comes out!"

As well as a studio, gallery and shop which is open between Tuesdays and Saturdays, the studio will host workshops on most afternoons and evenings.

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Kate said her class will offer a 'rich learning experience' with demonstrations and one-to-one support.

Students can learn many different techniques, including hand, slab and coil sculpting. The studio is equipped with two wheels and is large enough to accommodate eight students. 

The new venture has its opening launch on Saturday, December 2 between 10am and 4pm, and will be taking bookings for classes and workshops.

Gift vouchers for future classes running in the new year can also be purchased.

More information on Primal Pottery can be found on Facebook and Instagram.