Learn how to throw from an expert or advance your skills with help
The day commences at 10am and finishes at 4 although the studio will be available for clearing away and cleaning the wheels until 5. This is an all-day course which starts at 9.30 with hot croissants and coffee, breaks for lunch which is homecooked and also includes a nice beverage or 2.
Pastries and coffee
Start. Setting up, clay preparation, selection of tools and wheel.
Creating a Foundation-Understanding the ‘Nature of Clay’. Why do we need to wedge clay before throwing? Why are air bubbles trapped in clay a potential problem?
How to choose appropriate clays for your projects ‘Which clay are we using today and why do we choose different clays sometimes? Other Considerations Oven proof, Frost proof? Required Finish-colour’.
Demonstrations-ACTION! You should be able to centre your clay reasonably by lunchtime! Or at least feel confident on the wheel!
11.20am - 11:30am
Break - Take a tea or a coffee and discuss work so far
11.30am - 1.15pm
Demonstrations, making a mug what do you need to focus on for the shape you need?
Pulling a handle. ACTION! Pulling handles and creating mugs
Lunch - In the garden room or at our,’Game of Thrones’ table cooked by our inhouse chef John, deserts by Wendy using produce from our own allotment and with thanks to the chickens for their eggs.
2 - 4pm
Demonstration by Matt whilst your lunch is digested, creating a pouring lip, Putting handles on mugs Now practise makes perfect. End of course assessment, Can you centre? Can you make a cylinder for a mug? Can you make a handle? Did you Try opening your clay or turning the lip of your cylinder into a pouring lip.
There are pots to be won which Matt creates for demonstrations and gives away at the end of the day.