About Wheelwork: Tea Bowls with Yin Yang

Learn the art of wheel-throwing tea bowls inspired by the Chinese concept of Yin Yang. You will learn a series of basic techniques including clay preparation, creating cylinders, bowls and progressing to the Tea bowl 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 focusing on bowl forms that you will produce with great satisfaction.

You will begin by focusing on two main forms: the cylinder and the bowl. There will be a new technique shown to you to create bowls. During the course, the tutor will demonstrate different ways to incorporate Yin and Yang into the final pieces especially around areas of Form, Texture and Surface Decoration. You will also learn the technique of trimming.

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

The tutor will encourage you to produce functional and non-functional bowls. After completing a piece, you will be introduced to the art of surface decoration with the use of various glaze colours which will then go on to be fired in the kiln.

Throughout the weeks you will gain both wheel throwing and general ceramic knowledge.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at beginners aged 18+ years. You don’t need any previous experience of wheel throwing as full guidance will be given through all the stages.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities but requires good manual dexterity and some physical strength and fitness. A support worker or a carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

Do you need to bring anything?

Short sleeves, old trousers and an apron are recommended but clay washes off easily.

Are there any additional costs?

The course price includes materials and firing of your work. Please note that there will be a charge for any oversized work fired.

Who teaches this course?

Serge Sanghera

Dates and times

  • July – August