A person's hands are forming clay on a pottery wheel, with a second pair of hands assisting

About Wheelwork for Beginners (CE103 Autumn)

Learn a series of basic techniques in the art of wheel throwing including clay preparation to creating cylinders and bowls, then progress to other forms followed by glazing and firing your work.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course, the tutor will demonstrate the key stages of wheel throwing, enabling you to create pieces with great satisfaction.

You will begin by focusing on two main forms: the cylinder and the bowl. You will then be able to build on this to create other shapes and forms. You will also learn the technique of turning.

The tutor will encourage you to develop your skills and, through repetition, build your confidence. You will be encouraged to be selective about work that is retained for firing so that you deepen your understanding of the art of wheelwork.

The tutor will guide you through making both functional and non-functional items. Once pieces are complete, you will be introduced to the art of surface decoration with the use of various glaze colours. All completed items will be fired in the kiln.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is aimed at beginners who have no previous wheel throwing experience and full guidance will be given at all stages.

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?

Serge Sanghera

Dates and times

  • September – December