Clay ovens - how to build one

This is a very practical, hands-on, one-day course on how to build your own clay oven for baking pizzas, bread, etc.  Jon Dyvig (click on his name above to see more about him) will give you the confidence to go and and find the clay and then construct the oven quite quickly using bricks and half-bricks, or whatever you have to hand.

The day starts by digging the clay from our own pit and barrowing it over to a concrete hardstanding.  Then Jon will show you how to light the fire in a clay oven that Bob built some years ago, so that it is really hot in time for lunch.  Working together as a group, you will construct a base, using old bricks, and gradually build the whole oven, finishing by plastering it thickly with the clay that you have puddled earlier.  In between, there are many tips to be had, so don't forget the notebook, or video equipment.

At lunch time, Jon will show you how to form the pizza dough (made two days beforehand) and Bob will cook it on his clay oven round the side of the house, for you to decorate with parma ham, chorizo, peppers, mushrooms, etc.

Jon will tell you how to find suitable clay wherever you live, but you are welcome to dig and take away some from our pit  in your car (plastic sheeting needed of course).



Brilliant Tutor, giving everyone the belief that they can build their own clay oven.  Such fun, relaxed atmosphere to learn in.  Moral of the day:  if it doesn’t look right, knock it down and try, try, try again.  It really doesn’t matter!  Also got some great cooking tips.  Thank you for a wonderful day.  Val B.

More than just info on building the oven but also lots of recipe ideas that made the course twice as useful.  Food excellent, actually everything is excellent.

Very enjoyable and informative, beautiful venue.

A brilliant day!  Learnt about ovens, pizza making and local materials/architecture.  I’ll be back for more courses.

Just the right pace – relaxed but learnt loads.  Informative and fun.

Enjoyed session, very informative and worth the money.  Much easier to build our oven than expected.

Great course, good fun and informative. 

A lovely inspiring day where the venue was brilliant.  The course content was brilliant.  The food was brilliant.  The people were brilliant.  Ramona B.

And cakes… yum!  And biscuits and lunch!

Great knowledge shared with passion and fun.  Very resourceful approach to clay and bricks and water.  Also Jon told us about the pitfalls and risks.  Idyllic setting, food great.  Garry N.

Great course, well worth the money.

Great course, got it as a Christmas present.  Lots of instruction, all questions answered.  Lunch was pizza from the oven, then we built an oven together from scratch.  Highly recommended.  Michael

Just a quick note to thank you, your husband, and to Jon for a truly memorable day.  Not only did I learn how to build clay ovens but with all the insider tips it definitely felt like this could become a reality.  The  experience was further heightened by the beautiful surroundings and the homely environment, and lunch felt like a family affair.

Absolutely brilliant course and venue!  Ever so much enjoyed.  Thank you.  Chloe G

Great.  Would also be good to have a weekend course, going into more detail – building base and layering and firming.  Really enjoyed the day.  Jon really relaxed [gives] loads of information, feel I am ready to build my oven.  Thanks all.  Anne

Well done and thanks to all.


Jon Dyvig
Saturday, 28 April, 2018

Times10 - 4


What to Bring

Old clothes & wellies (we shall be working outside and with mud)

Stainless steel spade if you have one.

Work gloves for handling bricks etc.

Something to protect the car if you want to take away clay.