Wed Adult Intensive Throwing (5 weeks) February, 19:00 – 21:00 | 04 Mar – 01 Apr


In brief

This course is for adult learners and runs in the second half of Spring Term 2020. The Intensive Throwing course is designed to hone and develop your skills on the potter’s wheel at a rapid pace. If you have ever wanted to work on the potter’s wheel or want to expand your existing throwing skills, this is the course for you.

Times and Duration

This course runs on Wednesday evenings from 7pm till 9pm and consists of six classes, starting on Wednesday 26th February and running till Wednesday 1st April 2020 inclusive. Each class is 2 hours long.

Course Description

This is a short, intensive course, with bespoke tuition aimed at your personal level. From the moment you come in, you are at the wheel. We have designed a specialised series of fun exercises to improve your throwing fast!

Beginners to clay work will start off learning how to throw cylindrical shapes, practicing centering, opening and pulling and will eventually move on to throw more complex shapes. Learners with more experience will be given agency to explore their creativity. The teacher will support you working towards a specific project, with specialised professional tuition, to find the techniques that best suit what you would like to create.

Apart from throwing, we cover trimming (turning) on the potter’s wheel, to refine the forms you throw. Additions such as making handles are demonstrated on request. There is no decorating component to this course, however the studio is fully equipped for this purpose and various decorating techniques using slips and glazes will be demonstrated on request.

Time to yourself in our beautiful courtyard garden studio, to forget about the outside world and leave your worries behind. There is no time for your mind to wander, as throwing requires your focused attention. For anyone with a busy life, you will appreciate and love this mindful, restful and methodical way of working. An ideal creative outlet.

Included in the price

This is a premium course. The fee for this course includes all materials and firings. Shared tools, aprons and towels are provided. The class size is small with a maximum of seven students, and you are guaranteed a wheel every evening.

Try one class

If you would like to try one class in this course prior to committing yourself, we offer a one-off trial class in the first week of the course.

Flexible attendance

We offer flexible attendance options to suit anyone with a busy lifestyle. If you travel for work, work shifts or have childcare needs, you are welcome to make up a class in this course by attending a pottery course on a different night (subject to availability). Please see our Adult Pottery Studio page for a full list of the other courses that are available.

We have free after hours on street parking and excellent transport links.


You are also welcome to complement this course by booking time in drop in classes, which are available at Kite Studios on Monday and Friday mornings or Friday evenings, should decorating techniques be something that you would like to spend more time on developing.

We also offer Independent Pottery sessions. These are available for booking throughout the week and weekend. Independent pottery sessions give anyone enrolled in our pottery courses the opportunity for throwing and trimming practice to consolidate what you have learned, and to spend more time on decorating and glazing.

(Please note that fees apply for extra drop in class/ independent pottery session bookings, they are not included in the Intensive Throwing course price).

Who teaches the course

The course tutor is Akiko Matsuda.

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