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Intensive Foundation

About our Intensive Foundation Course

This intensive two-day practice-based throwing course is a workshop for beginner throwers who are interested in learning the basics and understanding the fundamentals behind the throwing techniques used at Whichford Pottery. It will be held in the Kiln Shed, which is a large purpose-built studio within our grounds at Whichford Pottery that allows plenty of space to practice and develop your work.

Our courses are taught by our Professional Throwers Joe, Riv, Simon, Steve and Frank who have over 50 years combined experience working with us here at Whichford and throw everything from bespoke tableware to large flowerpots. The techniques our tutors will share with you will be the same as we share with our apprentices and these will provide you with a solid foundation for your pottery journey, no matter which direction you wish to take it.

The principles of the techniques are introduced through a series of short demonstrations. The rest of the time will be spent practicing these methods and getting through lots of clay! Help will be on hand every step of the way. On the second day you will be able to keep your favourite pieces of work (up to five pieces), these will be dried and fired in our kilns.

The workshop includes demonstrations of technique, plus one-to-one tuition from one of our Professional Throwers.

The course covers:
- Learning How to Centre
- An Introduction to the Foundations of the Three-Pull Technique
- Learning to Throw a Small Form.

Key Information
When: 2nd and 3rd August 2024 — Sold Out
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
Price: £385 for two-day course 
Price includes clay & firing costs. 
Level: Beginner
What you take home: Up to five pieces that you throw on your last session. We will fire these for collection three weeks later.

Price includes clay, materials and firings as well as lunch & tea and cake on both days.

Daily Timetable and Refreshments
Day 1: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Day 2: 10 am – 4.30pm

There will be an hour’s lunch break each day between 12.30 and 1.30. Lunch will be provided by our café, The Straw Kitchen. 
We will have a half an hour tea break at 2.45 pm. Tea, coffee, biscuits/cake will be available throughout the day (self service). Individuals are encouraged to take breaks as and when they feel necessary throughout the day.

Course Materials 

Tools, equipment and aprons will be provided. 
Please remember to wear comfortable clothing that
you do not mind getting dirty.
All clay and firing costs are included. 
Please note that the clay you will be using throughout the course is earthenware and your pieces will not be glazed.


Whichford Pottery sits on the edge of the Cotswolds and is surrounded by beautiful towns and villages. We have put together a list of our recommended places to stay whilst you are on your course. This list is by no means exhaustive!
Click here for recommended accommodation options.

For more information or if you have any queries email us

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