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About our Progression Course

This is a six week practice-based throwing course for throwers who have prior experience and want to improve their skills. Over the course of six weeks we will start to introduce larger weights of clay and practice forming shapes with intention. 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 Progression courses are taught by our Senior Throwers Joe, Riv and Simon, 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 your last session you will be able to keep your favourite pieces of work, these will be dried and fired in our kilns.

The classes include demonstrations of techniques, plus one-to-one tuition from one of our Senior Throwers.

The course covers:
 — Clay preparation
 — Centering and the foundations of the Three Pull technique
 — Practicing form, throwing to specific measurements and creating shapes with intention
 — Introduction to making and turning a bowl

Key Information
When: Wednesday Evenings: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Start Date: 5th June 2024
End Date: 10th July 2024
(Your final session is 2 hours long: 6pm – 8pm)
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
Places: 8
Level: For our Progression course we ask for throwers to have some prior throwing experience.
What you take home: Up to five pieces that you throw on your last session. We will fire this for collection three weeks later.
Price: £325 for block of six sessions. (Price includes clay & firing costs). 

Timetable and refreshments
Our weekly courses start at 6pm and finish at 7.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the evening (self service). Individuals can take breaks as and when they feel necessary throughout the evening.

The final session of the course is 2 hours long (6pm to 8pm).

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. Your pieces will be glazed in a clear glaze by our team before firing.

For more information or if you have any queries email us

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