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Ceramics/Pottery: Throwing on the Wheel

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This fun, one-day course is designed for beginners who want to learn how to create a range of objects including cylinders and bowls on a potter's wheel.

You will learn how to wedge, knead, centre and throw cylinder forms with step-by-step instruction and demonstration from our experienced potter.

If you are a more experienced potter, you'll have the chance to refine your technique and learn to throw bowls and plates with our experienced tutor through tips and guided practice.

If you want to keep practising, you can return for another monthly Saturday class, or search for one of our popular pottery classes.

Scroll towards the bottom of the page for details on the entry requirements and how you'll learn.

 

What I'll learn

You will learn how to wedge and knead clay and learn the step-by-step process of how to throw a pot on a potter’s wheel under the patient and friendly guidance of our experienced tutor.

More experienced potters will get tips on how to improve their technique, throw more complex forms, and be given suggested exercises to help do so. 

Techniques covered include:

  • clay preparation (kneading and wedging)
  • centering the clay
  • throwing a range of forms
  • throwing using Earthstone clay
  • preparation and application of decorating slip
  • how to apply Health and Safety guidelines in a ceramics studio

 

How I'll learn

Teaching methods include:

  • Formal instruction
  • Discussion
  • Individual tuition
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical experience

Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.

 

Entry Requirements

Some experience of ceramics/pottery would be beneficial but not essential; you work at your own pace and level. All students are supported by the tutor throughout each project.

The cost is inclusive of tuition, clay, glazes, and kiln space for up to two firings necessary to complete the pieces created. Specialist materials and tools will be given out by the tutor if necessary.

You will need to bring:

  • a sketchbook and something to write with
  • a towel
  • an apron/wear old clothes that you don't mind getting messy
  • enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn!

You may wish to bring handcream and a dust mask. If you have sensitive skin, you may also wish to bring a pair of washing-up gloves.

You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement. Working with clay can get very messy!

PLEASE NOTE: This course is not suitable for people with mobility issues or serious back problems.

 

How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.