7 Weeks Evening Throwing Course (Improvers - Level 2) 2023


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7 Weeks Throwing Course - Level 2 (Improvers)

About the Course

The Level 2 (Improvers) 7 weeks course has been designed for those who have completed our Level 1 (Beginners) 7 weeks course, or who have had similar time on the wheel.

Considered a course for advanced beginners, you may work at your own pace to consolidate your knowledge of the craft of throwing on the potting wheel and/or learn additional pottery skills to expand your making scope. This will cover wedging, lids, handles, spouts and clay attachments which are some of the more challenging shapes to be acquired. Please speak to your teacher in the first class if there are specific skills that you would like to focus on during the course and they will try to accommodate you.

Where and What Time: This workshop runs for 7 evenings from 6pm to 8pm in our Arran Street East studio in the heart of the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Markets area. Eircode: D07 K744 google map.

Cost: €360

If you would like to give this course as a gift please look at our Gift Cards options here.

Below are the features of this course, (which includes some new goodies):

- Demonstrations by the teacher of new pottery skills, and tutoring you to help you learn them.

- Practice on your own wheel with unlimited clay and your own wareboard. We will provide you with a wareboard, a poly sheet, and a name label for your wareboard at the beginning of each course. This is to identify and wrap your work and keep it from drying out too quickly. Please take good care of your board, and respect your poly sheet, as you will need it for the duration of the course.

- A behind the scenes tour of our new professional pottery studio on Arran Street East to show you where and how a production pottery operates (clay sizing, pug mill, wheel throwing, drying, waxing, glazing and kiln firing).

- Selection of 3 of your favourite pieces for the final workshop session when you will glaze your own pieces in preparation for us firing them for you. We will be in touch when they are ready for collection a few weeks after the class.

- You may also take home with you whatever unfired pieces you have on your wareboard on the last day of your course, to dry (and potentially decorate) yourself. Please bring your own wrapping (tissue paper etc. to transport them safely). Please note that unfired pieces are decorative and cannot hold water!

- We will also provide you with a link to our online video on handbuilding with clay, which you can do at home should you wish – you can recycle the clay from your unfired pieces again and again. Content description here. (Tools and clay available to purchase separately if you need them, here).                                                                        


Who is this course for? This course is suitable for advanced beginners. If you are unsure as to its suitability for your experience level please contact us on hello@arranstreeteast.ie  

Is there an age limit for the Workshop? This course is generally for people aged 18 and above. A teenager may attend if they are accompanied by an adult. Please let us know in advance. 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the workshop? The nearest Luas Red Line stop is 'Four Courts', (a five minute walk away) and many bus routes service Stop 1479 on Ormond Quay, at the junction with Capel Street. You'll also find a Dublin Bikes stand at each of these locations. Due to our City Centre location, on-street parking immediately outside the building is limited, but there is pay and display in the general area, and there are large car parks nearby at Jervis Shopping Centre and beside the Fruit and Vegetable Markets.

What does the course entail? You will be welcomed by your teacher and brought to an upstairs classroom (no lifts available). Each participant will have access to their own pottery wheel/workstation and tools for the duration of the workshop. We supply all the materials you need. Each workshop ends with a class and equipment tidy up - another important part of the potter's training! 

What should I wear/bring? Please wear comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting messy. Please bring your own apron.

Should I wear a mask? As per the government's regulations masks are not mandatory during the workshop. 

Are there any Health and Safety issues? Please note you will be working on a pottery wheel in a bent position which might put some strain on your neck or back or wrists. Please first consult your doctor if you have had back, neck, wrist or any other injuries

To reach the classroom you will have to use stairs and there is no lift in the building. 

Please keep your hair tied up and your nails short. 

When will my pots be available for collection? 

You will select 3 of your favourite pieces for the final workshop session when you will glaze your own pieces in preparation for us firing them for you. We will be in touch when they are ready for collection a few weeks after the class.

You will make other pots during the course, which you are welcome to bring home to airdry if you like. Please bring your own wrapping (bubble wrap, tissue paper, small carboard box, etc) if you would like to do this. Please note these pieces can be used for display only and are not watertight. You can recycle the clay in these pieces if you want to make something else or use our At Home Clay Kit if you would like to learn some handbuilding techniques.


Is my booking transferrable and what is the cancellation policy? You may transfer your booking into someone else's name - please just let us know before they attend.

Where can I contact you with any questions? You can email us at hello@arranstreeteast.ie.

Thank you!


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