Saturday Throwing Taster
Saturday Throwing Taster
10.00 am - 12.30 pm
3.00 pm - 5.30 pm
Experience: All levels
If you are looking to learn, improve and master your pottery wheel techniques you have come to the right place. This is a 2.5 hours pottery wheel throwing introduction, suitable for all beginners. Intermediate or more advanced levels who are looking to practice and develop their throwing skills are also welcomed to sign up.
You will learn:
How to prepare and wedge your clay
How to set up your working area
The importance of your body position on the pottery wheel
How to centre your clay
How to make an opening
How to raise the walls into a cylinder
Advance booking recommended.
Up to 5Kg of clay included. Glazing and firing are not included.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How many people attend this class?
The pottery wheel throwing tasters are small so your tutor is able to offer you full support and access to the studio facilities. We recommend for classes to be booked in advance; each class is run in a group of maximum 5 people.
What to expect during this taster class?
You will be introduced and thought step-by-step by your tutor the fundamental technique of throwing. Many hours of practice and lots of patience are required to improve and master your skills. Persistence is the key to success. You will have plenty of time to create and explore.
What clay am I going to use?
You are going to use a plastic, smooth Pale Buff stoneware clay. This clay body recipe is a blend of selected low iron clays providing an ideal background for a decorative approach to stoneware ceramics. Silica sand makes it excellent for throwing on the pottery wheel too.
This clay firing range is 1120°C - 1280°C.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
You will work with clay so it will get messy; please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We also advise you not to wear jewellery like rings, bracelets or watches during this taster class as the clay may get into bits where it cannot be easily removed or they may get scratched.
What happens with my pots made at this taster class?
This pottery taster class is all about Practice, Practice, Practice! However, we understand that you may want to keep some of the pots you make. In this case, you need to understand that making ceramics is a long process and each step is more important than the previous step as more time and money is invested.
Making an object on the pottery wheel is just the first step to start with. A second step will be to remove the excess clay from the object you made and give shape by trimming it. Trimming can be done only at the leather hard stage of the clay, thus sign up for another class if you decided to trim your artwork.
The third stage will be to bisque fire your artwork which means a lower temperature firing to prepare your object for a glaze session. If you decided to have your artwork bisque fired, then you must sign up for a glaze session.
Kindly note that glaze session is not included in this taster class, however, you can book this separately at the cost of £35 for up to 5 pots. For a glaze session availability please ask your tutor at the class.
And the fourth stage of the process is to glaze your artwork and re-firing it at a higher temperature. The fourth stage is the last stage of this long process when all the magic happens and your artwork becomes ceramics.
When will my artwork be ready for pick up?
Please note that it may take up to 2 - 3 weeks until you can actually collect your artwork. When your artwork will be ready for collection you will be notified by email. Kindly note we will only keep hold of your artwork made at the studio for 14 days after artwork collection email confirmation. You must claim and collect your artwork within this time frame, otherwise, it will be donated to our local charity.
Once I've finished, what class can I do next?
If you feel confident, want to learn more and refine your pottery throwing techniques, we suggest signing up for five weeks - intermediate or advanced wheel throwing class. You can also apply to become a member as long you are responsible in the studio and can work unattended.
How can I apply for a membership?
Memberships are very popular. We strongly recommend registering your interest by contacting us at email@example.com, by calling +44 (0) 7414 501 833. or by asking your tutor at the class for availability.