Three people are using a pottery wheel to mould pots

About Wheelwork (CE10 Summer)

Learn the basic technique of throwing and turning forms on the potter’s wheel, an ancient tool which has been used to create objects of great beauty and practically.

What will you learn on this course?

The craft of ‘throwing’ pottery on a potter’s wheel originated at least five thousand years ago in the Middle East, and is still used to create pottery around the world today. On this course, you will discover this ancient skill, and learn the basic techniques of throwing and turning forms on the potter’s wheel, along with finishing techniques in decorating and glazing.

Develop determination and self-confidence as the initial stages of throwing can feel challenging.

This course is perfect for those with an enthusiasm for design, aesthetic awareness, and the production of useful items. You will explore a variety of styles of work from historical and contemporary examples.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and improvers. You don’t need any previous clay work experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is ideal for those looking to try throwing pots on the potter’s wheel for the first time or improvers wishing to refine their skills and make new pieces of work.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. You do need dexterity in your hands to work with clay. The room is wheelchair accessible and MAC does have accessible potter’s wheels. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

Short sleeves, old trousers, and an apron are recommended as working with clay can get messy, but it should wash off easily.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course price includes all materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a clay and firing charge for any oversized work, please discuss with the tutor.

Who teaches this course?

Mike Martin

Dates and times

  • May – July 2025