Pottery: have a go have a throw: FULL

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

This course may suit you if you would like to try throwing a pot on a potter’s wheel.

This course is suitable for anyone.

Course content

It is a one-day interactive course aimed at learning the basics of using a potter’s wheel.

You will be learning about the basic properties of clay, how to prepare it for use on the potter’s wheel, tips for centring and throwing a pot, tools, tips and techniques for getting a usable pot made and off the wheel, information about how clay work is fired in a kiln.

There will be the opportunity to explore your own ideas and follow set practical tasks

Support and feedback

Your tutor will support you throughout the course through discussions and feedback on your progress if wanted. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.

Additional costs and requirements


Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will need old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and/or an apron. An old towel is also a good idea to bring for covering your knees when at the wheel and wiping your hands.

There is a charge for materials and firing of £2.

Please be aware that due to the nature of ceramics some items may not complete the firing process as you envisioned. This can include cracks, breakages and unintentional glaze finishes. You will only be charged for fired items that you take away with you

Additional information and resources

“How will I learn?

You will be working with your tutor and other learners in our newly refurbished art and ceramics room in The Alexander centre in Tavistock.

Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course with discussions and feedback on your progress where appropriate. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.

Resources and additional information

All materials and equipment will be supplied.

What can I do next?

You may like to enrol on another pottery, art or craft course with Learn Devon.

You may like to join an online art group or one that meets locally to you.

Your tutor will suggest ideas on what you can practice and how to build on what you have learnt. They will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning. ”

Start date13 Nov 2021
End date13 Nov 2021
Start time10:00
End time15:00
Concessions not available