7 Week Evening Throwing Course (Beginners - Level 1)
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7 Week Beginners Evening Throwing Course
About the Course
This 7-week evening course provides the opportunity to learn how to throw pots on a pottery wheel. You will learn about this meditative process used for millennia to create everyday objects as well as one-off pieces of art. Time on the wheel is a great way to escape everyday worries, and we hope you enjoy the process as much as we enjoy teaching it.
In a small class, expertly supported by our teachers, you will learn how to work with clay on your own wheel, and realise your designs from 2D to 3D. Discover the steps behind making pottery and follow the lifecycle from a lump of clay to a finished piece. We will cover the whole process of making a finished pot, and give you time to practice as you learn.
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.
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- Demonstrations by one of our excellent teachers of how to throw clay on a wheel, and tutoring you on your own wheel as you learn.
- Practice on your own wheel with unlimited clay and your own wareboard. We will provide you with a wareboard, 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.
- 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 protective wrapping (tissue paper etc. to transport them safely). Please note that unfired pieces are decorative and cannot hold water!
Who is this course for? This pottery workshop will suit beginners looking for an introduction to working with clay, or those who have worked with clay before and would like a simple refresher or time to make some new pieces.
Is there an age limit for the Workshop? This course is generally for people aged 18 and above. A teenager over 15 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 and a hand towel if you wish.
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? We will ask you to select your favourite 3 pieces that you made throughout the 7 weeks, and we will fire and glaze them for you, and contact you when they are ready for collection - usually within 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.
COVID19 Protocols In line with the government's easing of restrictions please read our Workshops Covid Measures here. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
What if I have COVID symptoms on the day of the workshop or have a positive antigen test? Please read our Workshops Covid Measures here. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.