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Beginner's Wheel Throwing Course


Beginner's Wheel Throwing Course



Course Schedules

Monday 17 July – 21 August 6-8.30pm LESLEY ENS 

Monday 17 July – 21 August 6.30-9pm CLAIRE JOHNSON 

Wednesday 19 July  – 23 August 10am-12.30pm CHRIS WRIGHT

Thursday 20 July – 24 August 6-8.30pm CLAIRE JOHNSON 

Thursday 20 July – 24 August 6.30-9pm SARAH SCHEMBRI

Friday 21 July – 25 August 10am-12.30pm RAY LAURENS

Friday 21 July – 25 August 6pm-8.30pm CHRIS WRIGHT 

Friday 21 July – 25 August 6.30-9pm BRIDGET FOLEY 

Saturday 22 July – 2 September 9.30am-12pm CLAIRE JOHNSON (please note this class finishes 1 week later due to the Open Day on August 19)

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 six week course (one 2.5 hour class per week) you will learn 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 ideal for beginners. 

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

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 - 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 6 - 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.