What is the course about?
Throwing off the hump is a technique used to quickly make multiples of thrown form on the wheel. You will learn to throw multiples of the same small-scale pot, one after the other without having to add more clay to the wheel. This is a fun technique to learn and can be used for both functional and sculptural making.
For experienced throwers there will be the opportunity to challenge yourself by creating matching sets of pots as well as potentially creating saucers and lids.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
Some experience on the wheel is required to attend the course. The course is ideal for those who have already done some wheel throwing and would like to expand upon their skill set.
What topics does the course cover?
- Throwing off the hump: working on one wheel each, you will learn how to center the top section of clay, the throwing techniques required to make a pot and measuring techniques required for creating a matching set of pots.
- This course will also cover beginner throwing techniques of clay preparation, centering, throwing to form a cylinder or bowl and turning the bases of pots to form a foot ring.
- More advanced learners will be encouraged to create either a set of matching pots or to make small, lidded pots using this technique.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Learners will receive feedback on progress from the tutor on a regular basis. At the end of the course learners will assess their individual progress and progression with the tutor.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
All equipment, decoration and glaze materials are included, we do make a small charge (priced per kilo) for the clay used before the first firing only.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
By the end of the course learners will be able to independently use the ‘off the hump’ throwing method. They should all also have a good understanding of the steps taken to make a matching set of pots and lids which fit.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
You can develop your skills further on one of our specialist short courses, or take an accredited course in Ceramics starting in April or September.