What is the course about?
Learners will have one wheel each. This course covers all techniques including basic beginner-level skills such as clay preparation, centering, throwing to cylinder, making bowls and turning a foot ring. More advanced learners will be challenged with individual targets
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?
Suitable for all levels, no prior knowledge of pottery is required to attend this course. The course is ideal for beginners or for those who have some understanding of wheel throwing and would like to improve their skills. Total beginners to wheel throwing will be asked to follow a more prescribed course initially to build their skill levels in order to work independently.
What topics does the course cover?
Clay preparation, centering, a variety of basic cylinder and bowl forms, trimming and turning foot-rings. Advanced topics may include making lids, spouts, casseroles, plates, bottles, cutting and joining. There may be a little surface treatment with texture and slips.
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 costs are covered but we do make a small charge (priced per kilo) for the clay used before the first firing only, however, learners are expected to buy more expensive materials at the price wet weight (i.e. porcelain or black clay, etc.). You should bring an apron, suitable clothing and encouraged to bring/build up your own basic ceramic tool kit but a basic selection of tools will be provided.
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 prepare and centre clay, throw a variety of basic forms, finish pieces by trimming & turning, have an understanding of how to texture & treat the surface, and confidently throw a range of basic forms.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
This course will enable learners to progress onto evening class courses, workshop classes, other throwing courses or higher level courses which can/will be discussed at the end of the course with the tutor.