Throw a Pot & Bisque Fire

From: £60.00

In brief

Experience learning to make pottery on the wheel! A bespoke class in throwing, with private tuition and exclusive use of our pottery studio in Shepherd’s Bush, West London.  Includes having your work bisque fired.

We can cater for up to 7 people per booking. First person £60, each additional person £18 per hour.

Suitable for you?

Suitable for all ages and levels of experience. If this is something you have always wanted to try, come along for a one to one experience. Also great for something different to do with friends or as a family activity. Children as young as four love making on the pottery wheel. Creative, unique and fun.

We also cater to arts and design professionals looking for professional development, corporate team building and skills development for intermediate and advanced learners.

Included in the price

You will get expert private tuition and guidance from one of our pottery team members. All our teachers are highly experienced, many are practicing ceramic artists and potters, and above all, all our tutors have a real passion of sharing their knowledge and love of working in clay.

You will have exclusive use of our beautiful, fully equipped, ground floor pottery studio. Situated in a courtyard garden, right in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush, West London. We provide everything you need: a pottery wheel for every person for the duration of the class, tools, clay, aprons and towels.

The price also includes two of the pieces each person makes being bisque fired. That means that the work you create will be baked in the kiln, which turns the clay into ceramics. Each piece will have the artist’s name inscribed. You can have extra pieces fired at £5 per two pots (size restrictions apply).

What will I learn to make?

If you’re a beginner, the first project is making a cylinder (tumbler, pencil or brush holder, small wildflower vase) and/or a bowl (coin/jewellery dish, ice cream bowl…). For anyone who has been before, we can give tuition in creating vases, jugs, plates, larger work … let us know if you have a project brief. Bring a drawing or photo of what you would like to learn to make. It will of course depend on your skill level and time booked. Some projects may require more than one class.

When will my work be ready?

Your work will be ready to collect one month (four weeks) after your class. Plan ahead if it is to be a gift! Each piece will have the base tidied and your name inscribed by one of our pottery team members.

Bisque fired work is ready for glazing. If you would like it to turn out glassy, shiny and colourful, book a Pottery Glaze & Fire Independent session for four weeks after your class. All our glazes are food safe.

Bisqued pottery can also be painted at home with acrylic paints, oil paints, pva glue & glitter or bake-on-in-the-oven ceramic paints.

Collecting your work

You will be given an ID number. Guard it with your life. When you come to collect your work one month after you made it, you will need it. The ID number is key. We have daytime, evening and weekend collection times. Ask for details at your class. Contact us if you want us to have it ready and waiting for you when you pop by.

Storage

This is London. We can store your work for a maximum of 2 months. After that, we run out of space, so we will donate it to our charitable causes. Don’t forget to pick it up before the storage time period is over! We won’t be calling. Why would you wait…?

Logistics…

Prepare to get messy! Clay comes out of clothes in the wash easily. We recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing and not your Sunday best. Wear shoes which are wipeable. Suade, or delicate/knitted fabrics not advised. Aprons and towels are provided.

You will be sitting at the pottery wheel much like one would sit astride a horse, and leaning forward. This posture can sometimes be uncomfortable for folks who have back trouble or stiffness in the hips. Bring a hair tie if needed, so that your hair doesn’t fall in your face or your pot – you will be looking down.

And you will be working with your hands. Short nails are best, as long fingernails can leave gauge marks in your work.