Porcelain throwing course – complex and altered shapes with Katharina Klug

Ref: S4D32637

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About this course

This course is aimed at confident throwers who would like to explore the shaping and altering of vessels. It will include how to throw curved forms focussing on proportion and composition, and how to alter thrown forms into ovals and squares.

Course Description

Starting with the preparation of the clay to the throwing process and all its details, this course aims to raise confidence in creating complex forms. Throwing curved forms with accentuated necks and strong curves, you will focus on the proportions and composition of the shoulder, belly, base and neck of each piece. Further skills showing how to alter thrown shapes into ovals and squares will also be taught.

You will then learn how to turn pieces to adjust forms and refine the shapes of leather-hard vessels.

Your tutor will give multiple demonstrations throughout the workshop and you will receive individual attention.

You will receive a one-to-one analysis of your way of working and coaching to achieve your personal goals.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of clay/glazing materials and firing costs of work made – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • Overall/apron (preferably cotton or laminated fabric)
  • Any favourite pottery tools you may wish to use
  • Boxes/packaging is useful to take your work home

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pottery tools, pottery knife
  • Rough paper or sketch pad and pencil
  • Natural sponge

Additional information

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 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 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 (no sandals or open toes). Possible equipment restrictions in tutor absence.


Katharina Klug

After growing up in her mother’s pottery business, Katharina trained professionally at college in Austria and Germany for 6 years. She set up a business in Cambridge in 2011. Katharina has been teaching pottery and particularly throwing on the wheel for 25 years.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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