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EIGHT WEEK Wednesday Extender Wheel Throwing Course


EIGHT WEEK Wednesday Extender Wheel Throwing Course




Returning students receive 1 free Studio Access pass, this is the same value as the 10% discount previously offered.

Course Schedule

Eight week course, one 2.5 hour session per week

Wednesday 19 July - 23 August 6.30pm-9pm  

Course Description

Are you looking to take the next step forward with your wheel throwing? Have you done a course before and want to challenge yourself?

In this eight week course (one class per week) you will get a refresher on the fundamentals of wheel throwing while adding to your skill set. In this course you will learn the skills to create taller and bigger forms, such as cylinders, bowls and flatware. You will learn how to create forms with finesse, fine tune your trimming/turning and learn how to create and attach handles. 

You will gain practice in a range of decorative techniques, including underglaze colours, glaze and tissue transfers. At the completion of the course you will have your own glazed forms to take home and use. This course is ideal for those with some previous wheel throwing experience. 

The cost of this course includes one bag of clay (buff stoneware), use of wheel and tools, firing, and materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products you may wish to explore further and is open during business hours. This course will have a maximum of 10 students.

IMPORTANT: This course is suitable for those with previous wheel throwing experience, at least one wheel throwing course at NPS or equivalent. If you are have any questions call us on 9387 3911.

Please bring along your own towel and/or apron. Covered shoes are essential.

Week 1 - Introduction to the course and discussion of each student's goals and areas of focus. Refresher on wedging and centering if needed. Identifying any issues students may be encountering with their throwing with the tutor offering solutions and suggestions for refining technique as students throw. Tutor discusses the objectives of each student in the class, eg. a student's objective may be to throw bigger or more consistently.

Week 2-4 - Demonstrations by tutor based on students objectives. For example: centering in two parts, how to throw 'sets', making bottles or plates, throwing of the hump or altering forms after throwing. Students practice their throwing. Demonstrations on turning/trimming different types of feet, adding hand built additions to pot feet, pulling handles and lugs, etc. Students practicing these skills.

Week 5 - Continued wheel throwing and trimming. Discussion of glazes and glazing considerations. Trial of glazes on a selection of works.

Week 6 - Continued wheel throwing and trimming.

Week 7 - Surface decorating with demonstration of liquid underglazes, tissue transfer and glazes. Students are assisted with these techniques, exploring possible combinations and layering. Other decorative techniques are discussed and suggestions for further learning. Final trimming, all work needs to be ready for bisquing. 

Week 8 - Glazing of bisque work and refining glaze dipping technique. Demonstration and discussion of other application methods, such as glaze trailing, pouring, brush on, etc.

Please note: The content of these sessions may vary slightly according to our different tutors.

After the completion of the course work takes 2-3 weeks to be fired. Students will be emailed when work is ready for collection.