Throwing large – exploring form in ceramics with Tanya Gomez

Pottery and ceramics

Ref: SLW12267

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About this course

Gain the skills to throw larger pieces of work in stoneware. Methods explored are slapping the clay and pounding it out with the fist, throwing the clay up, making a slip and assembling the thrown pieces. You also learn how to glaze the work.

Course Description

This course will give you the confidence and skills to throw larger pieces of work in stoneware. Time will be spent throwing several pieces from 4kg of clay to construct a tall structure. This is then expanded, using larger balls of clay (approx. 8kg). Methods explored are: slapping the clay and pounding it out with the fist, throwing the clay up, making a slip and assembling the thrown pieces together.

A brief introduction about glazes will be discussed. A basic glaze will be made and a demonstration of how to make a line blend given. You will be able to choose two stains/oxides to blend and tests will be made. Further talks can be how to mix a tri-axil blend and further a glaze with raw materials. You will learn about the preparation of glazing, the different consistency it needs to be, how to spray an even layer of glaze on a large piece and how to check thickness.

By the end of the course you will have:

An understanding of the methods and techniques you need to develop your own thoughts and style.

A useful collection of notes on the techniques and processes we have looked at during the course.

Several large pieces of work that you will be able to take home.

A small palate of glaze colours to take with you and elaborate on.


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


  • The course fee includes all clay, glazing and firing costs – large work in size and quantity may be charged extra.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • A cardboard box (if you are planning to take work home with you)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Some pottery tools
  • Natural sponges
Firing and glazing options: 1. Leave any raw, finished pieces, which 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, and safety boots, if specified.


Tanya Gomez

Tanya Gomez graduated from the Royal College of Art and is renowned for her vibrant large decorative vessels. She teaches from her studio in Lewes, East Sussex and exhibits throughout the UK and Internationally. Associated with the Craft Potters and Contemporary Applied Arts.


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

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