Pottery: a taster course in throwing

Course Dates: 12/11/23 - 10/12/23
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Ideal for beginners who want to experience the basic techniques of throwing on the potter's wheel. Learn how to produce mugs, bowls and simple forms, as well as how to apply slips and glazes, on this five-day course.
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Pottery: a taster course in throwing
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  • Course Code: VR748
  • Dates: 12/11/23 - 10/12/23
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Josie Warshaw

Course Code: VR748

Started Sun, day, 12 Nov - 10 Dec '23

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This five-day taster pottery course in throwing introduces you to the basic techniques of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel to make finished pots. You will also learn to decorate and finish your work using slips and glazes.

What will we cover?

You will learn how to prepare clay, how to centre it on the potter’s wheel and throw basic forms such as mugs, jugs and bowls. Different ways to decorate your work, using coloured slips and glazes will be demonstrated and students will be encouraged to experiment with surface decoration. In the final week there will be an opportunity for a final project – either producing a lidded jar or throwing with porcelain.

There will be opportunities to see the work of modern ceramicists who work on the wheel through books and a visual presentation.

As part of the course you will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook to collect and note down your ideas and

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Centre clay on the potter’s wheel
- Make functional pieces, such as mugs, jugs or bowls
- Finish forms by turning - for example turning a foot ring on a bowl
- Pull a handle and attach it to your work
- Decorate and finish your work using slips and glazes
- Make a small jar with a fitted lid OR throw using porcelain.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is ideal for beginners and for those who may have had some experience working with clay and want
to learn how to throw. Anybody with enthusiasm is welcome.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions given in demonstrations and health and safety guidelines and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This very practical course will start with demonstrations of different techniques each week, with lots of opportunity for individual work supported by one-to-one advice and tuition. There will also be a presentation of other artists’ work, handouts and time for group discussion.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There is a charge of £2.50 per 500g for clay before firing, the porcelain charge is £20.00 per bag/ £10.00per half bag. There is a communal pottery tool box for all students to use.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Within the City Lit there are a number of classes for you to progress onto. Your tutor will talk to you about relevant courses.

Josie Warshaw

Trained as a thrower at Harrow School of Art on the Studio Pottery Course Josie went on to work in production studios in both raw fired earthenware and stoneware, domestic ware. Her own work is hand built using thinly rolled sheets of clay combined with pinching and coiling using a white grogged clay. Initially fired in an electric kiln the work is then earthenware, sawdust or raku fired. Josie’s work blends serious with an infusion of comicality whilst referencing personal experiences and observations. Her work has been sold in England and overseas to private and public collections. It can be seen in her studio at Open Studios at Kingsgate Workshop Trust. For over 40 years Josie has combined studio practice at Kingsgate with teaching ceramics in adult education: Camberwell School of Art, Camden Arts Centre and the Architectural Association. Josie’s commissioned writing includes “The Complete Practical Potter” and “Beginners Ceramic Handbook” still available for purchase online. https://www.kingsgateworkshops.org.uk/makers/josie-warshawartist / maker Instagram: josiewarshawceramics

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.