Throwing on the Wheel Experience

From: £55.00

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.

We can cater for up to 7 people per booking. First person £55, 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.

Not included

This is an experience only. It does not include having your work fired. You are welcome to take it away as is, but please bring a box, as it will be fragile. Unfired work will turn back into clay if it is splashed with water. Once dry, it will be very brittle. If you would like it to keep a little longer, you can paint it with PVA glue, which will stop it from creating dust in your home.

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.

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.

I like what I made. Can you fire it after all?

Yes!

Bisque Firing:

£5 per two pots. The first firing. Turns your work into ceramics. Bisque fired work is ready for glazing. If you would like to come back to glaze it, book online for a Pottery Glaze & Fire Independent session. Or it can be painted at home with acrylics, oil paints or bake-on-in-the-oven ceramic paints. Or paint with PVA glue and sprinkle with glitter. Ready to collect or glaze one month after your class.

Bisque and Glaze:

£10 per two pots. We bisque your work and then dip it in transparent glaze and fire it again. Comes out shiny, glassy, delicious, food safe. Ready to collect one month after your class.

Can you keep it while I decide…?

Sorry, no. Pay for firing on the day by cash or card.