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NEW! 8 Week Beginners Wheel Throwing Course


NEW! 8 Week Beginners Wheel Throwing Course



Course Schedules

Tuesday 18 July - 5 September 6 - 8.30pm SARAH SCHEMBRI 
Tuesday 18 July - 5 September 6.30 - 9.00pm BRIDGET FOLEY

Before purchasing a class at Northcote Pottery Supplies for yourself or as a gift, please ensure you have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the purchase.

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

Course Description

Learn the age-old technique of forming pots on the wheel with an experienced tutor. In this eight week course (one 2.5 hour class per week) you will learn and practice the fundamental skills of wheel throwing. This will include centring clay on the wheel, the steps of throwing cylinder and bowl forms, and turning/trimming the bases of forms. Students will also be introduced to a range of decorative techniques, including liquid underglaze colours, tissue transfers and a range of stoneware glazes. At the completion of the course students will have their own glazed pots and bowls to take home and use. This course is suitable for those who are learning wheel throwing for the first and ideal for students who have undertaken a six week course and want the opportunity to refine.

The cost of this course includes one bag of clay only (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.

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

Week 1 - Overview of the course, introduction to clay and the ceramic process, main tools and their uses, clay preparation techniques (wedging), demonstrations on centring clay on the wheel, students practising centring clay on the wheel with guidance from the tutor.

Week 2 - Refresher on wedging clay and centring clay on the wheel, demonstrations on 'opening out' and 'pulling up', compressing bases - to create cylindrical forms on the wheel. Students create cylindrical forms on the wheel with guidance from the tutor.

Week 3 - Discussion and demonstration on turning/trimming leather hard pots, students turn/trim their forms, students continue to make cylindrical forms on the wheel. Demonstration of throwing bowls on the wheel, students practice throwing bowl forms on the wheel.

Week 4 - Shop Tours! Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your class for a brief tour of our pottery shop and SMALLpieces space. Students continuing to  practice and create more cylinder and bowls forms on the wheel and turn/trim leather hard work.

Week 5  - Students practicing and refining cylinder and bowl forms on the wheel and viewing their pieces with a discerning eye before turning and trimming leather hard work.

Week 6 – The continuation of practice and refinement, with a view to selecting the best works trim, turn and prepare for decoration.

Week 7 – Turning/trimming of all cylinder and bowl forms. Learning about and applying decorative techniques, liquid underglaze colours and tissue transfers. All work is finished this session and ready for bisque firing (the first firing).

Week 8 - Discussion of glazes and glaze application, glaze demonstrations (dipping, pouring), students apply glazes to all their work for final firing.

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.