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Learn Pottery Wheel Throwing Beginner Blast (Part 1, Prepare, Centre, Shape)

Final dates

Due to location move of Art Est, the final date for Learn Pottery Wheel Throwing Beginner Blast Part 1 at our Lords Road premise will be Sunday 13 June. Join our waiting list to be notified when classes are back on!

As per our emails: If you have done a class with us, please ensure that you collect your pieces before Friday 9 July, otherwise your pieces will be recycled.

For more details, see our News page.

Class overview

Have you ever wanted to try pottery wheel throwing? Then this 2.5 hour beginner pottery wheel blast is for you. No experience is required and all materials are included in the workshop fee.

The first part of learning to use the pottery wheel is getting an introduction to the 3 principle steps of: PREPARING your clay, CENTERING your clay, SHAPING your clay. In our workshop Part 1 Prepare, Centre and Shape, you will be introduced to these three steps through demonstration and hands on practise throwing simple shapes and cylinders on the potter wheel. Be prepared to get addicted!

Who can attend?

This class is for adults + kids 10 and over are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian, making this a great family creative activity. Each person attending, whether a child or an adult, will need to be enrolled and pay the class fee.

We recommend that you follow up Part 1 attending:

Part 2 (1.5 hours) Trim and Turn | In part 2 students learn how to TRIM and TURN the vessels you made in Part 1. Trimming and Turning is the next element in the wheel process. In this step you make your vessels more pleasing to the eye, tidying up rough edges, shaping the rim, adding a foot at the base of the vessel. If there’s time you may also be introduced to a few basic decorative techniques. After this session, we will bisque fire your work in our kiln. You need to complete a trimming session within 14 days of part 1.

Part 3 (45 min) Glaze session Glazing is the final stage in the process where your work is coated in a clear or coloured glaze which makes it waterproof and functional.

Parts 2 and 3 are an additional fee, not included in Part 1 Beginner Blast.

What should I wear?

Close toed shoes are a must as are comfortable clothes you are relaxed about getting clay.
Note that we no longer supply aprons to students, so bring apron or an old shirt to cover up your clothes if you wish, or go ahead and enjoy the mess!
We recommend relaxed fit pants/trousers as you’ll sit close to the wheel as you throw.
Please ensure long hair is tied back, take off jewellery and watches and remove any long necklaces, scarves etc from around your neck
We do sell Art Est. branded aprons - $35 for adult size and $30 for kid size

What should I bring?

An apron and old towel (old bath towel or large hand towel) is useful

What is included in the fee?

Included in the price

*enough clay to enable completion of several vessels
*use of our pottery tools
*bisque firing of your 2 best vessels# Additional pieces can be kept and fired at $15 per piece payable on the day.

#If you enrol for Part 2 Trimming your work will be bisque fired after the trimming session.
#Trimming must be done within 2 weeks of throwing your pots or the work will be too dry.
#Bisque fired work is usually available for collection 2 weeks after the workshop. Items not collected are only stored for 4 weeks then will be recycled.
#If you don’t want to bisque fire your work, that’s fine as well. We will simply recycle your clay and it will be reused.

Wheel throwing classes have a maximum of 8 students. Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need. For most ceramics classes clay is supplied to complete several projects and this is included in your course fees. Additional clay can be purchased if required.

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • Very relaxed
  • It was a great experience with lots of fun for all my family. Josh our teacher was great - thank you.
  • I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. This was in no small part due to the tutor's complete involvement with us and her positive support and encouragement.