This course is for adult learners. The Intensive Throwing course is designed to hone and develop your throwing skills 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 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Each consists of either five or six classes, depending on the length of the school term. Each class is 2 hours long. For the schedule, please see our Term Timetable . Regular classes do not run during the half term break.
Keeping that in mind, the main aim of this course is not to produce lots of work, but to improve your skills so that you can produce work to a higher standard. This requires some time and practice. We have specialist teaching methods to achieve this, so if you choose to engage in the process, you may not necessarily be keeping the work you make while you are developing your skills and muscle memory.
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!
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.
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.
Included in the price
This is a premium course. The fee for this course includes all materials and firings. Tools, aprons and towels are provided. The class size is small with a maximum of five students, and you are guaranteed a wheel every evening and personalised support from the teacher.
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).
If you would like to come and glaze your work, we offer facilitated glazing sessions on Friday evenings.
The course tutor is Emilia Radlinska.
Please see our Covid-19 information page, before attending a class.