About our Rhythm Workshop
Forming Shapes with Intention & Accuracy
This is a three day practice-based throwing course aimed at intermediate throwers who want to build confidence and speed. Repetition is an important method to gain confidence and skill. In reproducing the same item over and over again, to the same standard you are converting conscious movements into a subconscious action. Once you have mastered technique, intention and accuracy, speed will naturally follow — allowing you to throw in a fast and measured way.
This course is for intermediate throwers who are interested in improving their technique to throw consistent shapes with accuracy and speed. 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.
This workshop will be taught by Senior Thrower, Simon, who has over 25 years experience working with us here at Whichford. Simon throws everything from bespoke tableware to large flowerpots and creates intricate nautical themed pieces in porcelain and stoneware in his own studio. The techniques Simon will share with you will be the same as we share with our apprentices and these will help to hone your skills and allow you to not only throw with more speed but give you the confidence to throw different shapes and weights.
The principles of the techniques are introduced through a series of short demonstrations. The rest of the time will be spent practicing these techniques and getting through lots of clay! Help will be on hand every step of the way.
The workshop includes demonstrations of techniques, plus one-to-one tuition with Simon.
The Workshop Covers:
— Practicing the Three Pull technique
— Practicing form and throwing to specific measurements.
— Practicing repeating the same form to achieve consistency and speed
When: April 18th, 19th & 20th
Duration: 3 Days
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
Level: Intermediate – to take part in this course you will need to be able to centre well and form shapes with intention
What you take home: Up to 5 of the pieces made on your last session, which will be fired by us and ready for collection from the pottery within 4 weeks after your final session. Please note that the clay you will be using throughout the course is earthenware and your pieces will not be glazed.
Price: £495 for three day course
Price includes clay, materials and firings as well as lunch & tea and cake on all three days.
Daily Timetable and Refreshments
Day 1: 11am – 4.30 pm
Day 2: 9am – 4.30pm
Day 3: 9am – 4pm
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.
On days 2 and 3 we will have a half an hour tea break at 10.30. Tea, coffee, biscuits/cake will be available throughout the day (self service). Individuals can take breaks as and when they feel necessary throughout the day.
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