A Day on the Wheel

full day pottery course
full day pottery course

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pottery throwing gif

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clay wheel throwing
clay wheel throwing

hands throwing a clay pot on the wheel

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full day pottery course
full day pottery course

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Level:                 Beginners
When:                Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturdays
Time:                  10:00am - 4:00pm  (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Places:               Up to 4 students. (prices vary)

Includes:            Glazing and firing of 4 pots  per person.

Resources:         1 electric pottery wheel per person

Refreshments:  tea, coffee, juice provided

This one day mini course is an intensive hands on introduction to the pottery wheel. You will be introduced to the basics of throwing funtional pottery.


Aimed at small groups of friends or family with no prior or minimal experience.  You will have exclusive use of the studio for the day with dedictated tuition.

Please note that this is quite an intensive day and as a result can be tiring and physically demanding.  Please bare this in mind when booking to make sure all of the participants will be able to cope with a full day.  Sometimes a shorter one or two hour session is more appropriate.




​What we’ll do

You will be shown how to prepare the clay by wedging, how to center the clay and how to make simple forms starting with cylinders.  During the session, you will be shown how to alter the form to create simple bowls, vases or small plates. 

​In the afternoon you have time to practice what you have learned and if you wish, add a splash of colour to your creations with some coloured slips. ​It is a practice based course and a good way to be introduced to the basics.


The session is kept intentionally small with a maximum of 4 participants to ensure plenty of help when needed. This course is suitable for keen adults and teenagers accompanied by a participating adult.

4 participants £80 each (total £320)
3 participants £90 each (total £270)
2 participants £100 each (total £200)
1 participant £200

At the end of the day you can choose up to 4 of your favourite pots to be fired and clear glazed. 


There is a one hour break for lunch at 1pm. Please note that for health reasons there is no facility to eat lunch in the clay studio.   Peasholm Park, just a short walk away, is a lovely place to enjoy a packed lunch or eat in the cafe there.  Alternatively there is a sandwich bar, cafe, fish and chip shop, Mexican snack bar and convenience stores within walking distance on Dean Road or Columbus Ravine.  The afternoon session recommences at 2pm.  


Refreshments of tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

Your pots will be left for several days to thoroughly dry out before being fired in the kiln.  Once cooled, the pots will be coated in a clear glossy glaze and fired a second time.   They will be ready to collect around 6 weeks later. 


Optional extras:


Additional pots:  If you want extra pots to the four included with your booking, you can if you wish, buy these pots for £5 per exta pot to cover materials, firings and technician time.


​Not Able to Collect?

  • Postage:   If you are unable to collect your handy work, I can package and post for £10 per parcel to any mainland UK address.  (The postage cost for a group of up to 4 people's pots is still £10 if the pots are going in the same parcel to the same delivery address and is under 10kg in weight.  (Usually this will be approx 4 pots per person)
    (Overseas postage can be arranged - prices on request)


Any optional extras need to be paid for at the end of the session by cash or card please.


Postage Disclaimer

I will wrap pots very carefully and do my best to get them to you in one piece. Please understand though, that I have no control once they are in the courier's hands. There is no insurance for posting pottery so the pots are sent at your risk.  Please understand that I can not be held responsible for any damages.  Unless arrangements have been made, any pots not collected within 2 months will sadly have to be disposed of, as I simply do not have space to store items indefinitely. Thank you for your understanding.

If you are interested in booking this workshop, please fill in your details and suggest a date or dates that suit you. We can run courses on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or a Saturday but please try to book well in advance as dates book up quickly.

We will consult the diary and contact you to confirm availabilty.  Once we have agreed upon dates we will send you an invoice. 
On receipt of payment the booking will be complete.

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What I’ll provide

  • A selection of teas, coffee and decaffinated coffee,

  • squash

  • Apron (but please wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty!)


What to bring

  • A hair bobble to tie up long hair

  • Old comfortable clothes

  • Flat shoes are most comfortable


Useful Info

Please arrive 5 minutes before your session time to get your apron on and be ready to start on time.

Tip: Short fingernails are much easier to throw with



There is free parking on the street outside the studio for up to 3 hours with a parking disc. I have spare discs if you need one.