What to expect in each lesson
with examples of students' work at each stage.
The basics of centring clay
In this lesson we will demonstrate how to centre a small ball of clay and teach you the basics of making and shaping walls so that you can make a small bowl.
Some examples of glazed student bowls are shown here.
Making a cylinder.
Next, it's time to learn to collar in the walls of your clay so you can be more in control of the shape on the wheel head.
The cylinder is the basic shape of all wheel-thrown objects and leads on to making larger, more elegant forms.
shaping cylinders into cups
Now it's time to centre your clay, pull up into a cylinder, and learn the new skills of shaping the clay into a cup with a belly, waist and lip.
pulling handles and glazing basics
In this lesson you learn how to pull and attach handles, plus the basics of glazing - hand-painting the bowl and cylinder you made in your first two lessons,
Making repeat forms
The challenge in this lesson is to make the same form (shape) three times to make a set of matching small bowls. Now you're a proper potter!
Free glaze session
glazing your cup and bowls
Once your final bowls and cup have dried and been bisque-fired, you will be invited back to glaze your final items - free of charge!
making larger, taller forms - vases and jugs
For those who want to go further, an additional follow-on courses are available. Here is some student work produced after a further 5 lessons.
At this stage, you are welcome to book and use the studio facilities in your own time for a nominal fee.