At the completion of at least two Beginners Wheel Throwing courses (or the equivalent from other schools) students can move over to Intermediate and build on from cylinders and bowls to handles, attachments and galleries – such as milk jugs, sugar bowls and cups.
The cost of this 6 week course includes one bag of stoneware clay, the use of a pottery wheel, tools, firing, and materials for decorating and glazing. This course will have a maximum of 10 students.
Please bring along your own towel and apron. Covered shoes are essential.
Week 1 – Your tutor will provide an overview of the course structure and demonstrate their throwing technique to you. Revision on centering the clay, opening up and producing vessels with even wall thickness. Production of beakers that would be used as jugs, cups, mugs. Aiming to generate a small group of similar shaped objects.
Week 2 – Neaten or turn the base of the vessels made in week one. Tutor to demonstrate handle making-rolling / pulling and how to apply these to the wares made last week. Throw some more forms.
Week 3 – Turn ware from last week . Tutor to demonstrate how to make a gallery for a lidded container. Students will make containers and several lids per container, learning how to measure lid and gallery distances. Tutor will demonstrate how to throw/add a knob to the lid that suits the overall shape of the ware. Galleries and lids are demonstrated this week.
Week 4 – Turning and fitting lids to galleries so that they fit, making more work.
Week 5 – Finishing off lidded containers and any additions to vessels. Decorate work using underglazes and tissue transfers. All work to be ready for bisque firing. Any pieces not left on the class shelves uncovered will not be fired in time for glaze week.
Week 6 – Discussion of glazes and glaze application, glaze demonstrations (dipping, pouring), students apply glazes to all their work for final firing.
Course work will take approximately 2-3 weeks to fire after class finishes; students have up to month to collect their work. The Education Co-ordinator will send an email when work is ready to collect, however please be aware our emails do sometimes end up in spam folders.
The glazes available to use in classes are Jade, Shino, Chun, White Satin, Clear and Blue Gloss.
Please note: The content of these sessions may vary slightly according to our different tutors.