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Introduction to Pottery Techniques for Beginners

This is a great introduction to pottery where you will sample many techniques and enjoy what they have to offer. A very enticing introduction to pottery and with impressive results for beginners.

During the course you will be given guidance in relation to different projects. This will include detailed teaching in relation to how to make pinched, coiled and slab built forms, and how to use these techniques to make pots. Your main build will be a slab build over two session. Demonstrations will be given on how to use a potter’s wheel and you will be able to use the wheel to make your own bowl, under guidance as required. You will be shown surface decoration and painting/glazing techniques before applying them to the forms you have created. Your finished pieces will be fired in our kiln for you to collect and take home after the course has finished.

Thursday evenings between 6:30pm–8:30pm for 5 weeks. Please see below for course outline:

Course AC25:  11th Janurary - 8th February , Thursdays Fully Booked

Course AC25:  22th Febraury - 21st March , Thursdays Fully Booked

Course AC25:  11th April - 9th May , Thursdays Fully Booked

Course AC25:  23rd May - 20th June , Thursdays Fully Booked

Course AC25:  27th June - 25th July , Thursdays Book Now

Price £23


Price is inclusive of all material, glazing and firing.

We have places for maximum 8 adults on each course. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time (6:30pm) to prepare.

Beginner’s course outline

Week 1 – Pinch pots and coil building

Health and safety information, course overview and house rules. Introduction to clay and ceramics: what is clay and where does it come from? Students will be shown how to pinch and coil clay and then use these techniques to make a small vessel.

Week 2 – Introduction to slab building

Students will design and start their main project, by rolling all the slabs they need for their vessels  – a vessel of up to 22cm high.

Week 3  – Complete the slab build

Attach all the slabs and bring to life the pot  you desined. Also add any surface decoration and make it ready for the kiln. 

Week 4 –  Wheel throwing session

Each participant will have a pottery wheel for themselves and you will have an introduction to throwing on the wheel. You will centre the clay , open and pull the sides and hope you will have a small bowl that will dry and be fired ready for glazing the week after.

Week 5 - Glazing   

 Your pieces now have been fired and  there will be an introduction to glazes.

Glazing final pieces including : under glazes, glazes, crystal glazes and many mixes that we tried and many yet to be discovered!

Cancellation Policy

A full refund can only be given within 14 days from the initial date of booking.

You can reschedule your class provided we are given at least 7 days notice before the class

Regrettably, we are unable to change any bookings if LESS than 7 days notice is given.

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