Fursbreck Academy

We have run some great courses since 2009, as you can see in the happy faces of some of our students. So have a look below and see if you fancy joining in.

September 2015

fursbreck-academy1Prehistoric Pottery Course
19th to 26th September 2015.

Do join this unique residential course in ancient ceramics.

  • You will experience finding the clays that Orkney’s Neolithic folk fashioned their pottery from.
  • I will teach you how their vessels were made.
  • We will fire them, as they did, in an outdoor kiln using local materials.
  • You can enjoy wonderful Neolithic food roasted in our clay ovens!
  • Enjoy field trips to famous sites and sublime unvisited ones.
  • Be Part of an International experiment sequence: The results of which have been presented at PCRG and British Museum conferences.
  • On this course you will understand so much more deeply the true sense of early pottery and those who made it.
  • You can be a complete beginner or a practiced potter. In this we are all beginners.
  • Not wishing to brag, but some of our fellows have researched with us and gone on to get their PHDs.

fursbreck-academy2Now. Down to brass tacks. The course is residential at £750 per person.

  • We have one double room, one twin room and one single.
  • We provide breakfast goodies for self-service
  • Free range eggs from our own hens
  • Our own special Organic Smoked Salmon
  • Locally baked bread
  • Orkney cheeses
  • Orkney Jams and preserves
  • And of course, Orkney’s Crantit Dairy milk!
  • We make you a fine lunch inspired by Orkney’s splendid produce and our unique Heritage. We also throw a dinner party!

Do please contact us to join this splendid course. Email to fursbreck@btinternet.com for a rapid reply. Very best to you, Andrew Appleby.

Orkney Information

fursbreck-academy3Just off the northern coast of mainland Scotland lies the tranquil, yet energizing isles of Orkney. Its exquisite beauty encompasses dramatic panoramas, sea-scapes and wild, unspoiled places. The light this far north is totally unique inspiring artists, photographers, musicians and crafts people for millennia. You will also be surrounded by the worlds finest collection of Neolithic archaeology, as well as sites from throughout the ages. Mixing this with our gentle pace of life and warm, welcoming people makes Orkney a truly special place to be.

Bill Please!

Here’s some details of the cost: accommodation, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and enough materials to start you off. We welcome your partner on a Bed and Breakfast only basis. Should you wish to source alternative accommodation, to house your whole family for instance, then we will discount the course fee. 

Further Information

Although island based, we are surprisingly easy to reach. You can drive it, train it or bus it, then catch the boat from 3 different ports. Or simply fly. We can advise you on all the options so don’t worry. Whilst lovely accommodation is provided, should you wish to bring your family or make alternative arrangements, we are happy to help.

So, for a full information pack and booking form, or just an initial chat, please get in touch and ask for Andrew. You can phone us on 0044 (0)1856 771419 or write to Fursbreck Pottery, Harray, Orkney, KW17 2JR, UK.  

The pottery and accommodation are housed in the old parish school. Andrew Appleby is a master of his craft and founded the pottery over 33 years ago. Not only is Andrew one of the few remaining high production throwers, he also has a unique understanding and appreciation of historic and prehistoric pottery techniques; having also worked as an archaeologist. He has been developing the understanding of clay and its uses through experimental research programs for many years. Assisted by his wife Sigrid, Andrew is now willing to share the depth of his understanding with amateurs and experienced potters alike, through a dedicated season of practical courses. He is also keen to offer the insights of other artists and crafts people to you through residential learning in other media. You will be amazed at the amount of intuitive understanding you will gain and the breadth of creativity you will be immersed in. Numbers for the courses have been limited to just a handful to ensure high levels of teacher-student time and to facilitate mutual learning. The house joined to the pottery provides stylish yet cosy accommodation with spectacular views across open country, loch and hills.