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

What will you learn on this course?

The craft of ‘throwing’ pottery on a potter’s wheel probably originated at least five thousand years ago in the Middle East and is still the way pottery is made in many countries today. On this course you will learn this ancient skill. The course covers the basic techniques of throwing and turning forms on the potter’s wheel along with finishing techniques in decorating and glazing.

In Britain, despite our rich ceramic heritage, pottery has become more a craft activity than a commercial production technique. The tradition of Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew has resulted in the survival of this craft as a strong element of the Craft community. In recent years it has provided a popular recreational activity for a growing number of people.

The skills involved in throwing require some physical strength and fitness but also some determination and self-confidence, as the initial stages can be quite challenging to one’s self-esteem. Come along and find out what we mean.

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.

Your items require time to dry out before being fired in the kiln so please allow three weeks before they are ready for collection.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable 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.

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 and old trousers are recommended but clay washes off easily.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs. The course prices includes all materials and firing of your work.

Who teaches this course?

David Wicks

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Dates & Times

    Wheelwork (CE09 Autumn)