Throwing and turning – developing technique with Jo Taylor

Pottery and ceramics

Ref: S3D11405

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About this course

Improve upon your throwing and turning techniques. Revisit mugs and jugs with more precision, throw new shapes and increase scale.

Course Description

This course is ideal as a follow-on to the ‘Introduction to throwing and turning for beginners' course, and allows you to recap on these skills. The experienced tutor will demonstrate making techniques focusing on more precision with familiar forms to include design decisions and quality of finish.

Progressing these skills will continue through the introduction of new wheel thrown forms to expand your repertoire, such as jugs and plates, and increasing scale. You are welcome to set your own learning goals to suit your specific ambitions which the tutor will be happy to support and encourage.

The aim is to build on existing skills and complete a group of new works for domestic use, with expert guidance. And to enjoy the process, atmosphere and learning.

During the first evening, the tutor will introduce the course and inspire you with a presentation and demonstration. The first day will focus on recapping and improving existing skills. On the second day, you will be working on new forms and increasing scale. On the third day, all pieces will be completed before the course ends at 3pm.

Following the completion of the course, your work will be fired and glazed for you by the technician if required.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course the College will supply all of the materials including clay, glaze, tools and equipment.
  • The cost of clay/glazing materials and firing costs of work made – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • Two or three aprons
To look after your back while at the wheel, a hot water bottle might be useful. 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. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


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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