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Skills Workshops & Courses

An exciting programme of skills based workshops and courses run by our team of professional throwers in the Kiln Shed. 
If you need further information or have any queries email us
thekilnshed@​whichfordpottery.​com

FOUNDATION 


A Six Week Throwing Course for Beginners

Throwing for Beginners

A six week practice-based throwing course aimed at beginners who would like to learn the basics and understand the fundamentals behind the methods we use here at Whichford Pottery.

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

The course covers:
- Learning to Center
- An introduction to the Foundations of the Three-Pull Technique
- Throwing a Small Form

Key Information
Tuesday or Wednesday Evenings: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
(Your final session is 2 hours long: 6pm – 8pm)
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
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: £275 for block of six sessions (Price includes clay & firing costs). 

Course 5 April 2024 - Sold Out
Start Date: 10th April 2024 End Date: 15th May 2024

Course 6 June 2024 - Sold Out
Start Date: 4th June 2024 End Date: 9th July 2024

Course 7 November 2024 - Tickets on sale from August
Start Date: Tuesday 5th November 2024 End Date: 10th December 2024

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Foundation - Course Tickets

Intensive Foundation 


A Two-Day Intensive Throwing Course for Beginners

Throwing for Beginners

A two-day practice-based throwing course aimed at beginners who would like to learn the basics and understand the fundamentals behind the methods we use here at Whichford Pottery.

The course include demonstrations of technique, plus one-to-one tuition from one of our Professional Throwers. 

The course covers:
- Learning to Center
- An introduction to the Foundations of the Three-Pull Technique
- Throwing a Small Form

Key Information
When: 2nd & 3rd August - Sold Out
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
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: £395 for two-day course (Price includes clay & firing costs). 

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Intensive Foundation Tickets

PROGRESSION 


A Six Week Throwing Course for Throwers with Some Experience

Building Your Skills

This is a six week practice-based throwing course for throwers who have some prior experience and want to improve their skills. During this course you will start to work with larger weights of clay and practice forming shapes with intention.

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
Tuesday or Wednesday Evenings: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
(Your final session is 2 hours long: 6pm – 8pm)
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
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 and glaze these for collection three weeks later.
Price: £325 for block of six sessions. (Price includes clay & firing costs).

Course 1 April 2024 - Sold Out
Start Date: 9th April 2024 End Date: 14th May 2024

Course 2 June 2024 - Tickets now available 
Start Date: Wednesday 5th June 2024 End Date: 10th July 2024

Course 3 November 2024 - Tickets on sale from August
Start Date: Wednesday 6th November 2024 End Date: 11th December 2024

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Progression - Course Tickets

Intensive Progression 


An Intensive Two-Day Throwing Course for Throwers with Some Experience

Building Your Skills

This is a two-day practice-based throwing course for throwers who have some prior experience and want to improve their skills. During this course you will start to work with larger weights of clay and practice forming shapes with intention.

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

When: 16th and 17th August 2024
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
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 these for collection three weeks later.
Price: £450 for two-day course. (Price includes clay & firing costs). 

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Intensive Progression Tickets

RHYTHM 


A Three Day Workshop for Intermediate Throwers

Forming Shapes with Intention & Accuracy

A three day workshop for intermediate throwers who would like to learn to throw with speed and accuracy.

This practice-based throwing course is aimed at intermediate throwers who want to build confidence. 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.

The workshop includes demonstrations of techniques, plus one-to-one tuition with Simon, one of our Senior Throwers. 

Aim of the Course: To become confident in forming shapes with intention & accuracy.

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

Key Info:
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 five pieces that you throw throughout your course. We will fire these for collection four weeks later or can post them to you. 
Price: £525 for three day workshop
Price includes clay, materials and firings as well as lunch & tea and cake on all three days

Rhythm Course 1 April  2024- Sold out
When: April 18th, 19th & 20th 2024

Rhythm Course 2 June 2024 - Tickets now available
When: June 27th, 28th & 29th 2024 

Rhythm Course 3 October 2024 - Tickets on sale from July
When: October 17th, 18th & 19th 2024

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Rhythm - Workshop Tickets

HONE 


A Three Day Workshop Tailored to You

Harness Your Technique

A rare opportunity for potters to tell the teacher what they would like to learn. 

A multi-day workshop tailored to proficient potters who would like to improve a specific technique or area of their practice.

The workshop includes demonstrations of techniques, plus one-to-one tuition from Joe, one of our Senior Throwers.
Uniquely, the structure of this course is determined by the areas each participant wants to focus on.

Aim of the Workshop: Improve and harness a specific area of your practice.

The Workshop Covers:
- Personal demonstrations
- Six in-depth technique tutorials
- An individual timetable tailored to your needs 

Key Information
When: June 6th, 7th and 8th 2024
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
Level: Proficient - to take part in this course you should be confident in achieving shapes with intention, detail and accuracy
What you take home: Up to three pieces that you throw throughout your workshop. We will fire these for collection four weeks later or can post them to you. 
Price: £545 for three day workshop
Price includes clay, materials and firings as well as lunch & tea and cake on all three days. 

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As this workshop is tailored to each participant please fill out your Specific Technique Request Form Here

Hone - Workshop Tickets

SCALE 


A Three Day Workshop Led by Adam Keeling

Throwing Multi-Sectional Forms

Adam Keeling leads a multi-day workshop for proficient throwers who would like to handle larger amounts of clay and create multi-sectioned forms.

Scale is a three day practice-based throwing course aimed at proficient throwers who are looking to increase the scale of their work. During this course you will learn how to make multi-sectioned forms, as well as techniques to help throw larger weights of clay. In order to take part in this course we do ask that you are comfortable working with a minimum of 5kg of clay.

Aim of the Workshop: Using heavier weights of clay to throw multi-sectional forms. 

The Workshop Covers:
- Practicing the Three Pull technique
- Centering larger weights of clay
- Throwing forms to exact measurements 
- Joining sections and forming multi-sectioned pieces

Key Information
When: November 7th, 8th & 9th 2024 - Tickets onsale now
Where: The Kiln Shed, Whichford Pottery
Level: Proficient - To take part in this course you must be able to achieve shapes with intention and accuracy and confidently handle 5kg of clay.
What you take home: Your favourite piece thrown during the workshop. We will fire this for collection four weeks later or can post it to you. 
Price: £650 for three day workshop
Price includes clay, materials and firings as well as lunch & tea and cake on all three days. 

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Scale - Workshop Tickets