This one-day course provides a great introduction to the basic skills of throwing on the potter's wheel. It begins with a demonstration, and then guidance on the important process of clay preparation and kneading.
For the rest of the day, you will be throwing on an electric wheel. Everyone has use of a wheel for the course, which is limited to eight. This enables the tutor to give one-to-one tuition and encouragement to help build confidence. The tutor will give demonstrations throughout the day.
After the course, the pots will need to be dried out, biscuit fired, glazed and fired again. You can either enrol on a glazing day, if you would like to glaze your own pots, or your pots can be glazed for you at the College. In both cases, you will be contacted when your pots have been glaze fired and are ready for collection.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
- Materials and tools will be supplied for the course, including: clay, glazing and firing.
What students need to bring
- Work apron – preferably cotton or laminated fabric (essential)
- A sketch book, notebook and/or camera to record the session (optional)
- A hair band (to tie long hair back)
Firing and glazing options:
1. Leave your most successful raw, finished pieces, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College, for collection within six months.
2. Leave raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing four weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months.
3. Take away your unfired pots for firing and glazing elsewhere.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.