Not sure if you want to learn wheel throwing or hand building?? This is the course for you!
Our unique six week Clay Taster Course introduces students to the medium of clay by exploring both hand building and wheel throwing techniques. The course starts with the fundamental handbuilding techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building in which students can explore form and texture. Students are then taught the processes involved in wheel throwing, such as wedging clay, centering, throwing cylindrical and bowl forms and turning. The course will conclude with an overview of decorative techniques and their application. Ideal for beginners, this course will definitely give you a great ‘taste’ for clay!
The cost of this course includes one bag of clay (fine 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 apron. Covered shoes are essential.
Week 1 – What is clay? Learn the fundamental hand building techniques of pinching and coiling to make vessel forms.
Week 2 – Learn various slab building techniques to create forms in clay.
Week 3 – Introduction to throwing on the pottery wheel. Learn how to prepare and centre clay and make cylinder and bowl forms on the wheel.
Week 4 – Learn how to turn/trim the bases of your wheel thrown pots.
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. Learn how to decorate using slips and underglaze colours.
Week 6 – Learn how to apply glazes for final decoration The methods of dipping, pouring and slip trailing will be covered.
After the completion of the course work takes 2-3 weeks to be fired. Students will be emailed when work is ready for collection.