Beginner’s Wheel Throwing Course

Our education program is currently on hold in accordance with current restrictions in place due to Covid-19. We will resume scheduling courses  once it is safe to do so. Individual students will bookings for Term 3 will be contacted directly. 


SKU: wheel beginner Category:


Learn the age-old technique of forming pots on the wheel with an experienced tutor. In this six week course (one 2.5 hour class per week) you will learn the fundamental skills of wheel throwing. This will include centering clay on the wheel, the steps of throwing cylinder and bowl forms, and turning/trimming the bases of forms. Students will also be introduced to a range of decorative techniques, including liquid underglaze colours, tissue transfers and a range of stoneware glazes. At the completion of the course students will have their own glazed pots and bowls to take home and use. This course is ideal for beginners.

The cost of this course includes one bag of clay only (buff stoneware), use of wheel and tools, firing, and materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products you may wish to explore further and is open during business hours. This course will have a maximum of 10 students.

Please bring along your own towel and apron. Covered shoes are essential.

Week 1 – Overview of the course, introduction to clay and the ceramic process, main tools and their uses, clay preparation techniques (wedging), demonstrations on centring clay on the wheel, students practising centring clay on the wheel with guidance from the tutor.

Week 2 – Refresher on wedging clay and centring clay on the wheel, demonstrations on ‘opening out’ and ‘pulling up’, compressing bases – to create cylindrical forms on the wheel. Students create cylindrical forms on the wheel with guidance from the tutor.

Week 3 – Discussion and demonstration on turning/trimming leather hard pots, students turn/trim their forms, students continue to make cylindrical forms on the wheel. Demonstration of throwing bowls on the wheel, students practice throwing bowl forms on the wheel.

Week 4 –  Students continuing to  practice and create more cylinder and bowls forms on the wheel and turn/trim leather hard work.

Week 5 – Shop Tours! Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your class for a brief tour of our pottery shop and SMALLpieces space. Turning/trimming of all cylinder and bowl forms. Learning about and applying decorative techniques, liquid underglaze colours and tissue transfers. All work is finished this session and ready for bisque firing (the first firing).

Week 6  Discussion of glazes and glaze application, glaze demonstrations (dipping, pouring), students apply glazes to all their work for final firing.

Please note: The content of these sessions may vary slightly according to our different tutors.

After the completion of the course work takes 2-3 weeks to be fired. Students will be emailed when work is ready for collection.

Students who are returning to the next term are eligible for a free weekday Studio Access session valued at up to $35. Students must provide proof of enrolment in the class at time of claiming the studio access.

TUTOR BIO’S can be found here.


LAUREN, 22 November 2015

The class was great for beginners and was lots of fun, very hands on and a great base for learning pottery!!

LISA, 22 May 2016

Absolutely loved this class. The tutor was patient and informative. Her demonstrations were easy to follow and she was very hands on in helping us understand clay and the wheel. I really enjoyed the intimate environment and small class size. Everyone at Northcote Pottery Supplies is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Id recommend this course to anyone. I look forward to my next course that I’ve already enrolled in! Thanks guys.

MICHELLE, 20 March 2016

This was my first time using a wheel ever, I absolutely loved the class, the tutor was amazing and made it feel fun and relaxed. I made Around 9 finished pieces so it’s well and truly worth what you pay for the course. I have already booked to repeat next term and improve the skills I learnt.


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