Pottery and ceramics

Throwing pots with Louisa Taylor

Ref: S1D10514

Beginners

£142
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About this course

Discover the basic skills of throwing on the potter's wheel.

Course Description

This one-day course provides a great introduction to the basic skills of throwing on the potter's wheel. It begins with a demonstration, and then guidance on the important process of clay preparation and kneading.

For the rest of the day, you will be throwing on an electric wheel. Everyone has use of a wheel for the course which is limited to eight. This enables the tutor to give one-to-one tuition and encouragement to help build confidence. The tutor will give demonstrations throughout the day.

After the course, the pots will need to be dried out, biscuit fired, glazed and fired again. You can either enrol 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 glaze fired and are ready for collection.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

Materials and tools will be supplied for the course including: clay, glazing and firing.

What students need to bring

Essential:
Work apron – preferably cotton or laminated fabric
Optional:
Students may wish to bring a sketch book, notebook and/or camera to record the session
A hair band (to tie long hair back)

Firing and glazing options:

1. Leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, 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.

"Very supportive environment. Course extremely well organised and whole experience, from arrival to departure, was so well thought out."

Kirsten, 2020

Tutors

Louisa Taylor

Louisa Taylor studied an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the RCA, London (2004-2006). She is based in Brighton where she produces her ceramic tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and a member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts.

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