Helmsley Ceramic Workshop dried,fired and looking great

The November porcelain workshop at Helmsley Arts Center produced some lovely pieces for Christmas, fired to 1240 degrees.

The tea light needed a little extra support while drying!

Play with Clay - Family Pottery

My four 'Play with Clay' sessions at Dalby Forest  over half term were hugely enjoyable. The room overlooking the outdoor play area has great views and provided quiet space for families to take a break and enjoy time together. Dalby Forest advertises events on Dalby Facebook
Room View

Previous workshops

Play with Clay !
Chill indoors at the Dalby Forest Visitor Center
Dalby Visitor Centre: 01751 460295
Get creative in a family friendly atmosphere with potter
Janet Hayton. First timers or old timers, come and make
your own hand built pot, decorations or just play. We’ll
provide air-drying clay (so you can take it away) and lots
of inspiration. Decorate at home with acrylics & PVA.

Sessions start at:
10.30am,11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 2.00, 2.30, 3.00, 3.30pm
£5 per 1 hour session per person incl. clay & tools

11yrs or under must be accompanied by a participant over 16yrs.

Porcelain Decoration Workshop

Helmsley Arts Centre
SUNDAY 22nd November
Ceramic artist Janet Hayton will lead small groups to create
seasonal and craft wares. You'll learn how to make  white porcelain decorations she  and develop your own ideas. Parian porcelain has a translucent quality.

Crafters can also use these quality clays to fashion unique brooches, beads and buttons. Materials, tools and kiln firing included. Collect your fired creations from HAC within two weeks.
£25 per session. 2 half day sessions available; 10.30 - 1pm or 2 - 4.30pm.

Collect your fired creations from HAC within two weeks. Book online www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/whats-on or Helmsley Arts Center by phone 01439 771700

Previous Group shows

Ryedale ArtWorks put together this beautiful show. 

Yorkmix.com posted this feedback about my work at The White Room gallery - Thank you! An unexpected compliment from a really useful website when visiting YORK.  

Swallow Prints a 'highlight' in York

Yorkmix.com posted this feedback about my work at The White Room gallery - Thank you! An unexpected compliment from a really useful website when visiting YORK.  

Exhibition in York

Bone China mugs £9.95 .
One of the new pieces shown at The white gallery at 36 Bootham, York

Gallery showing "Priestley's at no 36" in York 

The June show opens on the 3rd, with a preview evening on Saturday 7th. 

Please come along between 5 and 8pm to see my work and more from Ryedale artists Helen Bowes and Chris Raw. They've been finishing the hanging today, looking good. The gallery, (access through the shop), is a short walk down Bootham from the Art Gallery and the city walls.
Preliminary hanging. A collection of prints and original ceramics. 

Thanks to Issy and Rob at Priestley's and Andy Dalton of Ryedale ArtWorks for all the organisation and support. 


The sheep are off the common, for you know what - but these three are available.

Handmade terracotta tiles and small plate with hanging holes 

Angela & Rosie in Scarborough

Angela Knipe runs this eclectic packed two storey shop in Bar Street. It offers original art, prints, jewellery and  crafted items, including some of my slipware work, Sky Bird prints, cards and the drystone mugs. 

It also has a quality stock of vintage 'boudoir' clothes curated by Rosie. Perfect for Christmas shopping.www.angelaandrosie.com

An introduction

Small tile SOLD
     Hand made plate. SOLD

Hand made plate. SOLD

By enlarging the photographic image the quality and unique characteristics of each slip painting becomes apparent.

Blossom & Morning Telegraph - Art prints

Bone China Mugs Drystone Wall designs © J Hayton

I made drawings of several drystone walls in the North York Moors, noting how the construction changes according to the local stone.  I have three designs, at present, Levisham & Levisham, Hutton Le Hole, and Appleton le Moors. 

professional drystone waller bought the 'Appleton Le Moors' design during the North Yorkshire Open Studios and laughingly declared whoever built it was a disgrace !

How to buy from the Mudskipper 

Please contact me by email to discuss your exact requirements, payment methods and postage options. 

My work is primarily decorative. Some inspired by my locality such as the bird plaques and drystone wall design, others by my interests and connections like the Chinese papercut range and the small folk pieces.

Detail from bird plaque available as a card

Porcelain Christmas decorations

Small vases featuring Chinese papercuts
These large paper cuts were bought on my trip to China and are usually bought to decorate homes when there is a wedding. The symbol is "double happiness". In China traditionally the bride would wear red but western white is increasingly popular. My tile combines the two colours/cultures. 

new cards & designs 2012

J Hayton - Ceramics

Print 30cm square. High quality Giclee print. "Blossom".
£45 unframed

I only make a few Sky Bird plaques and tiles so I've had 6 cards printed which show details.They retail for £2.00 each, with a discount for multiples of 4 or more. 

This design is called 'Tree Glee' available on Bone China mugs.

'New Baby' range - over 40 animals & shapes available
For several years I've made small home decorations. They are complicated to make and financially not really viable but I enjoy freehand decoration and never repeat the same design. 
There are over 40 designs, animals, shapes etc. A photograph can be emailed of what is currently available. Price range  usually £4-£6 plus postage.