6 WEEK COURSE: introduction to throwing, multiple dates

6 WEEK COURSE: introduction to throwing, multiple dates


Learn how to make pots using a Potter’s Wheel. We’ll introduce you to the basics of throwing and turning your own pots. You’ll learn how to prepare clay and throw a range of basic forms.

Our beginners course is designed to provide you with an overview of different throwing techniques and processes. It’s tutor-led and is suited to those who need technical direction and support. We set tasks to develop your material awareness and understanding of common technical and practical issues. We also introduce relevant tools, equipment and studio practices.

You should expect to make many pieces but to keep only a few. Throwing, like many processes, involves repetition and iteration - be prepared to evaluate your progress and be ruthless if things don’t make the grade.

Prerequisites: none, designed for beginners and anyone wanting to refine existing skills.

This six-week course covers:

  • Preparing and recycling clay

  • Centering

  • Throwing cylinders

  • Throwing bowls

  • Trimming and turning

  • Pulling and attaching handles

This course doesn’t cover glazing. We’ll do that for you and your pots will be ready for collection within 28 days of the session.

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  • Materials.

  • Post production costs: firings and glazing service.

  • Packaging.

  • Booking fees.

What you need to know

Our workshops and studio memberships are for adults (18+) only.

Finished works, fired and glazed (where needed), will be available for collection from Sunken Studio within 28 days after the session. If you are unable to collect we can arrange for your work to be delivered for £10 per address.

Work must be collected within 90 days of the session. We dispose of unclaimed work after 90 days.

Access is at street level. There are managed car parks nearby and short stay parking in the neighbouring streets - sadly a bit too short for all of our workshops. The studio is a 10 minute walk from the City Centre, easily accessed by public transport & you can get the free water taxi from Leeds Train Station to Leeds Dock. The studio is a 2 minute walk from Leeds Dock, Sheaf St. (Duke Studios), The Tetley & The Royal Armouries. We’re on the same road as Leeds Discovery Centre.

Rings and long fingernails can be problematic when working with clay - please consider this when booking.

It’s standard workshop practice to wear flat, sturdy shoes with covered toes. Please protect your feet.

You’ll be provided with relevant personal protective equipment(PPE). While at the studio, you must observe our health and safety procedures and help us maintain a safe working environment. You must wear the aprons provided, wet wipe surfaces, tools and equipment and avoid practices that may encourage dust to amass or become airborne.