Weekend Courses

Wheel throwing: two day beginners course

Date: 15th-16th June 2019

Tuition time: 9.30am – 4.00pm (including tea and lunch breaks)

Cost: £160

Skill level: beginner

Tutor: Jack Welbourne

Places: 5

Our two day weekend pottery course for beginners is aimed at those with little to no experience of working on the potters’ wheel. During the course we will cover the basics of throwing. Cover the two main shapes created on the potters wheel: bowls and cylinders. And handling and turning techniques.

Our aim is that every student will leave the second day with a solid understanding and foundation for the throwing process upon which they can build their pottery practice.

Each student will have access to an electric power wheel and will be working with stoneware clay. The studio also has a treadle kick-wheel available for use if any students would prefer to learn on the kick-wheel.

The cost of the course will include a vegetarian lunch on both days and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Students will be offered the chance to have their work bisque fired at the price of £3/kg for collection at a later date or can take their work away green at £1.50/kg

If students want their work glazes this can be arrange at an extra cost.

 

 

Wheel throwing: two day improvers course 

Date: 29th-30th June 2019

Tuition time: 9.30am – 4.00pm (including tea and lunch break)

Cost: £180

Skill level: intermediate

Tutor: Jack Welbourne

Places: 5

This two day intensive weekend pottery course is aimed at intermediate level makers looking to take their making to the next level. The course will cover centring large pieces of clay, lifting clay from the bottom of cylinder forms, increasing the scale of pieces and refining the introduction of shape into your making.

We will focus application of these skills through the making of lidded storage jars. Many lids and gallery types will be covered as well as adding lugs and altering forms to add to the function and look of a jar.

Each student will have access to an electric power wheel, of the Brent or Shimpo brand, and will be working with stoneware clay. . The Studio does have a treadle kick-wheel available for use if any students would prefer to.

Students attending this course should have had some experience of throwing on the potters wheel, feeling comfortable centring and lifting. Skill levels will however always vary and the teaching will be tailored to this fact.

The cost of the course will include a vegetarian lunch on both days and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Students will be offered the chance to have their work bisque fired at the price of £3/kg for collection at a later date or can take their work away green at £1.50/kg.

 

Three-day multi piece throwing

Date: 12th-14th July

Tuition time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Cost: £220

Skill level: intermediate/advanced

Tutor: Jack Welbourne, Charlie Collier

Places: 5

 

This three-day intensive pottery course is aimed at intermediate to advanced skill level makers looking to expand their skill set. We will be working on improving the scale at which we make by throwing in sections.

On the first day Jack will cover general throwing technique as well as capping, a simple technique to increase the size of pot you can throw soft. On the second and third day Charlie Collier will lead the teaching of larger scale throwing working on 2 or 3 piece pots.

Charlie is a production thrower at the well-known Whichford pottery in Warwickshire. Charlie is part of a team that produce a range of hand thrown plant pots that range in size from small seedling pots to enormous jars. Charlie also makes his own range of reduction-fired stoneware from his home studio in Great Wolford.

Each student will have access to an electric power wheel, of the Brent or Shimpo brand. The Studio does have a treadle kick-wheel available for use if any students would prefer to.

Students attending this course should have a compressive understanding of throwing on the potters wheel, feeling comfortable centring and lifting. Skill levels will always vary and the teaching will be tailored to this fact however.

The cost of the course will include a vegetarian lunch on each day and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Students can take their work away green at £1.50/kg. Students will not be offered the chance to get pots fired as this course is focused around push skill levels forward not making finished articles.