Benefit from an excellent opportunity for beginners to experience working on the potter’s wheel (throwing) using a white stoneware clay.
The focus of this course is to work in the spirit of the tutor’s own practice, which is influenced by historical dining vessels.
The first evening will start with an introductory talk, a brief overview of the throwing technique and a discussion on what forms and shapes can inspire your making.
On the first full day, you will start with clay preparation (kneading and wedging) and a throwing demonstration. You will be shown a number of techniques throughout the day and given one-to-one tuition and encouragement to build confidence.
On the second day, you will cover the finishing processes of turning and there will be time for further throwing practice for those who wish it. The session will end with a group discussion and review of the work.
The course is limited so that everyone has the use of a wheel for the whole weekend. You are likely to finish the course with six to eight pieces.
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.
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.
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)
- All clay, glazing and firing costs are provided - large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.
- Basic tool kits are provided in the pottery for use during the course.
What students need to bring
- Overall/apron (preferably cotton or laminated fabric)
- Old towel
- Books of interest
- 10 clean plastic shopping bags
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- Pottery tools, pottery knife
- Rough paper or sketch pad and pencil
- Natural sponge
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.
Course reading list:
For those interested in reading any books before the course, the following may be in your public library:
Advanced Pottery by Linda Bloomfield (Robert Hale Ltd)
Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker by Louisa Taylor (Jacqui Small publishing) Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing by Emily Reason (Lark Books)
The Complete Potters Companion by Tony Birks (Conran Octopus)
The Techniques of Throwing by John Colbeck (Batsford Watson-Guptill)
Throwing by Richard Phethean (Blandford)
Throwing pots by Phil Rogers (A&C Black)
10,000 Years of Pottery by Emmanuel Cooper (British Museum Press)
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.