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Pottery Wheel Introduction for Beginners | 2 Day Workshop

Course overview

If you’ve always wanted to have a go at the pottery wheel, then this is introductory workshop is for you. In this two day workshop you will learn and practice the basics and you’re sure to get hooked! This session is suitable for absolute beginners or those who have a little previous experience and would like to practice under the guidance of a tutor.

What to expect:

Day 1

  • watch demonstrations by your tutor who will show you step by step what to do
  • learn how to prepare your clay (wedging)
  • practise the fundamental techniques of wheel throwing including: centering and shaping
  • practise throwing simple cylindrical objects (pots, bowls, vessels)

Day 2

  • learn and practice trimming your thrown vessels
  • be introduced to a range of basic hand surface decorating techniques (for example sgraffito, rolled decoration)

1 or 2 objects (size dependent) will be bisque fired. Bisque firing will occur during the week and work can be collected on Sunday 14 January where you may choose to glaze your vessels and have them fired (this is also included in the workshop fee).

Materials and Bisque firing and glazing

Included in the course fee:
1 bag of clay. Additional clay may be purchased at $5 per 2kg (or $20 a 10kg bag)
You will be able to use our pottery tools during the workshop, or you if you already have a set bring what you have.
1 or 2 objects (size dependent) will be bisque fired. Bisque firing will occur during the week and work can be collected on Sunday 14 January where you may choose to glaze your vessels and have them fired (this is also included in the workshop fee).

All students should bring:
an apron
a large sponge (car wash size).
a thick kitchen sponge cut into four pieces
an old hand towel
a plastic storage container with a lid is useful to keep your materials together (about 40cmx30cmx15cm high) (eg from Ikea, officeworks or a discount shop)
a notebook to take notes and sketch your ideas

What should I wear?

Wear old closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes you are relaxed about getting clay on. For wheel throwing, best to wear comfortable pants/trousers as you’ll sit close to the wheel as you throw.
Bring an apron.
We also recommend you trim your nails first (no guarantees that your manicure will last when working with clay!)

See our full program of term, one and two day ceramic and pottery courses

Maximum of 12 students in hand-building workshops or 8 in wheel throwing workshops Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, clay is supplied for ceramic workshops and this is included in your fees. Please read what to bring carefully. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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$360 Limited inc GST
Pottery Wheel Introduction for Beginners | 2 Day Workshop

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