Powdermills Pottery is housed in granite buildings that were once part of a nineteenth century gunpowder factory. It is found in the very centre of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, and is part of the Duchy of Cornwall estate.
Powdermills is the home and workplace of potter, Joss Hibbs. In the Shop, her range of pottery is sold alongside work by other Dartmoor craft-makers. Cream teas are served in the courtyard in the Summer season, and intensive Throwing Courses are run year-round.
The old workshop has been rejuvenated by local chairty Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony and now houses the Dartmoor Hill Pony Exhibition, explaining the history and importance of the 'wild' ponies on Dartmoor.
If you would like to see how Joss makes pots from materials found on Dartmoor using an 'anagama' kiln, please view the short film found on The Pottery page of this website. Joss' Blog gives you an as-it-happens insight into current activities at the pottery (you can also find Joss Pottery on Twitter or Instagram, or Joss at Powdermills on Facebook).
A visit to Powdermills offers a glimpse of all the things Dartmoor has to offer: wild landscape and wildlife (especially birdlife); history and nearby walks to prehistoric sites; local food and time to relax. We look forward to welcoming you here.
Teas and cakes are served from 10-30am until 5pm at weekends, either in the courtyard on sunny days in sight of Bellever Tor, or nestled by the wood-burner amongst the pots when the weather closes in.
Cream Teas are added to to the teas menu during the summer months. Locally-made scones are served with lashings of clotted cream sourced from Dartmoor's dairy farm only 7 miles away, and heaps of Devon's awarding-winning strawberry jam. Even the tea is blended in the South West. All served, of course, in Powdermills pots.
Take the time to relax and treat yourself whilst soaking up views of tors, streams and wild moorland landscape.
The Menu - Summer Season
Devonshire Cream Scone - Scone, clotted cream and strawberry jam
Powdermills Savoury Scone - Cheese scone, cream cheese and sweet pepper chutney
Homemade Apple Flapjack (gluten-free)
Homemade soft-baked choc chip cookies (vegan/dairy-free)
Selection of teas: (breakfast, earl grey, darjeeling, decaf, peppermint, camomile, apple & cinnamon)
Cafetiere of coffee - decaf available
Wherever possible, we use the best locally-produced ingredients
The Menu - Winter Season
Our winter menu is the same as the summer menu,
with just the Devonshire Cream Scone and Powdermills Savoury Scone missing.
Powdermills Pottery is open at weekends between 10.30am and 5.30pm. Refreshments are served until 5pm.
Changes to these opening hours will be posted here and on the pottery's social media pages.
Joss regularly runs a two-day intensive Throwing course at Powdermills. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic techniques of throwing, and is intended for beginners or undergraduates wishing to refine their skills. There is a maximum of 4 places on each course, with each attendee having use of their own electric wheel for the duration of the weekend.
Although the course content is tailored to the needs of the group, it is likely that the essential skills of throwing cylinders, bellies, bowls, lips and adding handles will be covered. Joss gives regular demonstrations to the group as a whole, and provides one-to-one advice where needed.
None of the pots produced during the weekend are kept or fired. You need to come prepared to work hard for two days and gain a dramatic improvement in your throwing skills.
If you are interested in attending the course, please read the further course information below, and see the Other Things to Do on Dartmoor page for a suggested accommodation list.
Course Details 2018
Dates for the two-day intensive throwing course in Winter 2017/8 are:
Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th March 2018 - 3 places left
Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th April 2018 - 4 places left
Stay at a local B&B or hostel in the middle of the wild Dartmoor landscape, spend your days learning or revising core Throwing skills, spend your evenings next to the fire at a traditional local pub sampling homemade pies and ales!
Courses start at 9am on the first day.
On each day, teaching time will be between 9am and 4pm.
All materials included in the cost of the course.
Attendees are asked to bring their own packed lunch.