Pottery and ceramics

Constructing ceramics with thrown elements – sculptural and functional with Jo Taylor

Ref: S3D10953


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About this course

Use the throwing process as a building block in creating both sculptural and functional work. Drawing on your experience of the potter's wheel, be guided by the tutor to create components, which can be cut and reassembled to make inspiring forms.

Course Description

Explore ways of using the throwing process as a building block in creating both sculptural and functional work. You will already have some basic experience of using the potter’s wheel, and will be inspired and guided by the tutor on how to create components, which can be cut, reassembled or used as building blocks to complete a finished form.

The tutor will give an introductory talk on the first evening, discussing her practice, outlining the course, and looking at examples of inspiring forms.

The first day will start with fully explained demonstrations of planning an object and creating thrown pieces as components, and will include a throwing refresher demonstration. Both functional and sculptural options will be explored; you may have a preference or you may wish to try both.

The second morning will start with an introduction to the build phase and will look at ways of incorporating hand built and decorative elements to enhance the form. You will use the components made on the first day to create new pieces and continue to work on one large piece or a series of smaller pieces, finishing at tea time on the third day. By the end of the course you will have learned new skills and become more ambitious in both planning and completing a more complex project.

The tutor will provide plenty of individual guidance, demonstrations and support, allowing you to take creative risks and try new techniques and ideas.


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, 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 course fee includes the cost of all clay, glazing and firing costs – 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), more than one is useful.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pottery tools, pottery knife
  • Sketch pad and pencil
  • Natural sponge
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.


Jo Taylor

Jo studied at Bath Spa University gaining Ceramics BA, MA & teacher training qualifications. An experienced tutor, Jo regularly teaches from beginners to MA students. A member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, her work is exhibited internationally in shows such as COLLECT at the Saatchi gallery.


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

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