Throwing pots, refreshing your skills with Alison Sandeman

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About this course

This course is an ideal opportunity to get back on the potter's wheel, into the clay to refresh your throwing skills.

Course Description

This one-day course provides the ideal opportunity to get back on the wheel and into the clay to refresh your skills. You may have been on one of our beginners’ throwing days or, perhaps more recently, not been able to access a wheel. Any issues you may have been experiencing with techniques will be covered with one-to-one help. The tutor will also demonstrate throughout the day to assist your understanding of techniques.

The day begins with clay preparation, then a tutor demonstration on the wheel. For the rest of the day, you will be throwing on an electric wheel, which you will have for your own exclusive use, with much one-to-one tuition and encouragement from the tutor. You will throw and wet trim approximately eight to ten pots, using stoneware clays.

After the course, the pots will need to be dried out, biscuit fired, glazed and then fired again. You can either enroll 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 glazed and fired and are ready for collection. Please leave at least four weeks after your making course before you book a glazing day.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course, including: all clay, glazing and firing costs.

What students need to bring

  • Work apron – preferably cotton
  • Recommended reading (though not essential): Throwing Pots by Phil Rogers (A & C Black)

Additional information

Firing and Glazing options: 1. Leave a selection of your most successful raw, finished pieces, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College for collection within six months. 2. Leave a selection of your most successful 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 4 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 (no open-toes or sandals).


Porcelain vases in the kiln

Alison Sandeman

Alison Sandeman is a long-standing tutor at West Dean. She makes functional individual pieces in stoneware, porcelain and Raku. She has a special interest in outdoor firing techniques.

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Further study options

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