Throwing on the Wheel Experience
£65.00 – £360.00
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 6 people per booking. First person £65/hour, each additional person £23/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.
You are very welcome to take your work home on the day. Please bring a box, as it will be fragile! Once dry it will be very brittle but you can paint with PVA glue at home to keep it a little longer.
Or you can leave your work for us to fire in our kiln. This first bisque firing (cost included) turns your work into ceramics. You will then need to come and collect your fired work (please check our collection times page). Bisque fired work is then ready for glazing. If you would like to come back to glaze it, book online for a Supported Glazing Session . Or it can be painted at home with acrylics, oil paints or bake-on-in-the-oven ceramic paints. Or painted with PVA glue and sprinkle with glitter.
Finally, another option is simply to leave your work for us to recycle the clay. For many of us, the joy is in the process! Unfired work can turn back into clay if it is splashed with water and as far as possible, we recycle and repurpose materials for use by other artists at Kite Studios.
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.
If you are booking a group workshop, please book only with your household or social / school bubble. Our studios and equipment are thoroughly cleaned in between each session and we ask all participants above age 11 to wear face masks.
Please use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the studio and observe social distancing in line with government directives. Everyone will be asked to sign a disclaimer that neither they, nor anyone in your household is suffering from symptoms of Covid-19. Please note that these sessions are held indoors and we provide excellent air circulation by keeping doors and windows open in our studios.
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. Please bring your own hand towel and apron.
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.
Collecting fired work
Please check our collection times page before making the journey. You can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to double check if it is ready. We will store it for you for a maximum of two months after it is fired.