Learn how to prepare the clay and then practise the art of throwing, with demonstrations and individual guidance from the tutor. This practice-based course is aimed at beginners who would like to learn the essentials of throwing on a potter’s wheel.
On the first evening, you will get stuck in and go through some of the basics. Over the weekend, you will cover wedging techniques, centring clay on the wheel, throwing basic cylinders then moving on to different forms – jugs, vases, plates and bowls. The tutor will go through throwing to specific measurements, repeat throwing, turning and finishing, and also pulling and extruding handles.
You will be able to work at your own pace, and although you may not cover all that is on offer, you will see the potential of what is possible with practice.
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 within six months.
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.
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.
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)