After 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 course includes one bag of clay, use of tools, firing, and all materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products should you wish to explore further, and staff are always happy to help guide you.
Please bring along your own towel and apron. Covered shoes are essential.
Please note that this is a rough guide for the intermediate course. To accomodate to different student interests and abilities the tutor may change the class structure to meet the needs of the class. Bonus skills my include throwing off the hump, throwing bowl sets or advanced decorating techniques.
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.