Come and get muddy with us!

You'll love learning with us


Learn, create and get inspired at one of our many informal adult education classes. Most of which are suitable for complete beginners. Throwing, handbuilding, glazing and raku are some of the most popular. Check them out HERE to go to Event Brite.



For restaurants and the home. We create modern pieces completely bespoke to you. To see some of our tableware examples and to enquire via email about a potential collaboration click ​​​​​​HERE or email us at

Pottery tools

Did you know we have our own range of throwing ribs and pottery tools? Visit our Etsy shop to browse the latest additions. 


We love to take part in community projects. Wether it's building cob ovens at community centres or doing raku session in the local park, have a look at our previous projects and contact us to discuss your upcoming projects HERE (tbc).

Alternative firing

Here at Muddy Fingers we have been practicing alternative firing for the last 20 years and Marv has been published on the subject, both in another author's book and in his pitfiring how-to book.

Find out more about alternative firings and how to buy the books HERE on Blurb.


Our studio...

Take a virtual tour around our well equipped pottery studio located South of the Tyne in the historical town of Jarrow. (tbc)

As well as 2 large handbuilding tables we also have 7 potters wheels, a 40 litre kiln and a large 1200 litre kiln. We have a wide range of underglazes, watercolours, dipping glazes and brushing glazes. Drawers full of pottery tools and a selection of printing materials and tools including screenprinting stencils. Clays used are mainly a grogged stoneware and a smooth toasted stoneware. Occasionally we have bags of porcelain or black clay for small projects like jewellery or to make coloured slips. 

We always have the latest copies of Pottery making illustrated and Claycraft on display for you to keep up with the latest ceramic goings on and get inspired by new techniques. Our bookshelves are well stocked with a fabulous collection of ceramics books and magazines for your perusal.

You can help yourself to tea, herbals or coffee and there may even be two furry members of the Muddy Crew pottering around to make a fuss of!

There is ample free parking in the car park right outside or we are a ten-minute walk from the Jarrow metro. You can also get the 26 bus from Jarrow, it stops right on the main road, a minutes walk away.

Unfortunately, the studio is not fully accessible but do get in touch if you have any special mobility requirements as we may be able to accomodate you or bring the pottery to your venue.

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Meet the team...

The Muddy Fingers Crew

Diane Nicholson // Director and Head Potter

Diane has a formal eductional background in art and design but only came to ceramics later on in life aged 30 when she started an evening class with Marv in 2007. After a couple o years she started selling her own pots and then in 2013 became a fully self employed potter. She has made pots for high profile restaurants and written pieces for ceramic magazines as well as teaching all levels of students. She enjoys wheel throwing in particular and loves functional pots. Interests outside of work include travel, screen printing and cyanotype. She has been combining those printing techniques with her latest ceramic work to develop new ways of getting images onto pots. Diane is the organiser of the crew and is generally the one you'll be talking to if you message us as she is the social media guru!

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Marvin Kitshaw // Director and Chief potter
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Sally & Maggie // Marketing team

Sally and Maggie are the ultimate marketing team. They also help with destressing techniques (strokes and licks)if you've had a bad day. They enjoy the beach, cheese, tummy rubs and playing catch.

What our clients are saying about us...