7 Weeks Pottery Wheel Throwing Course (Beginners) - Mornings
Running over 7 weeks, taking place on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning 10-12 o'clock
Where and What Time: This workshop runs in our Arran Street East School of Pottery in the heart of the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Markets area. Eircode: D07 K744
This 7-week morning course provides the opportunity to learn how to throw pots on a pottery wheel.
In a small class, expertly supported by our teachers, you will learn how to work with clay on your individual wheel, and realise your designs from 2D to 3D.
Discover the steps behind making pottery and follow its 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. We hope you enjoy developing your skills, as much as we enjoy teaching pottery to our students.
You will develop the skills required to throw a pot on a pottery wheel, including:
- Handling your clay
- Understanding your pottery tools
- Centering and pulling pots and vessels on your wheel
- Taking your pots off your wheel
- Taking care of your wheel station
- Safe practices in a pottery studio
- Demonstrations by our excellent teachers on how to throw clay on a wheel, and tutoring you on your own wheel as you learn to do it yourself.
- Practice on your individual pottery wheel with 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.
- At the end of your course 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 can also enrol on a glazing course if you would like to glaze your own pieces.
If possible, please book your glazing course at the time of booking your pottery course, allowing an interval of 3 weeks between the courses.
Add Glazing Workshop for €75 (see more detail below).
- 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 to transport them safely. Please note that unfired pieces are decorative and cannot hold water! You will also be able to recycle the clay in these pieces at home if you want to make something new and we will send you links to our tutorials with suggestions of what to make and how to decorate your pieces, at no extra cost.
If you would like to glaze your pots yourself you might like to book into one of our 2-hour Glazing Workshops and learn the basics of glazing techniques. In that case we will keep two pots from your workshop for you to glaze. Please book your Glazing Workshop at the time of booking your 7-week course.
We really hope you will enjoy your time on the wheel as much as we enjoy teaching it, and hope to see you soon in our School of Pottery!
FAQS (Please read before booking)
What should I wear/bring?
Your clothes and shoes will get wet and dirty from clay splashes so please wear comfortable clothes that you do not mind getting messy. Please bring your own apron and a hand towel.
For workshops/courses that do not include us glazing your piece for you, you may take some of your pots to air-dry at home if you wish, so please bring small boxes (like Tupperware or cardboard) to bring your creations home with you. Please note these pieces will be decorative only, and not be suitable for holding water or food.
Is there an age limit for the Workshop/Course?
In general, (excluding our family-friendly workshops) our workshops/courses are for people aged 18 and above. A teenager who is very interested in the crafting process may attend if they are accompanied by an adult guardian. Please let us know in advance.
Is my booking transferrable and what is the cancellation policy?
Please check our cancellation policy.
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.
Please keep your hair tied up and your nails short.
Where can I contact you with any questions?
You can email us at email@example.com
- Unfortunately, no refunds are given. Please make sure that you, or the person you are giving the workshop to as a gift, can attend the workshop.
- If you cannot attend the workshop yourself we can reschedule your workshop if you inform us up to 3 weeks before the workshop's start date. If you request to reschedule less than 3 weeks before the workshop starting date we will not be in a position to change the date.
- You can give the workshop to someone else if you cannot attend yourself. Please email us as soon as you can before the course with the name and contact details of the person attending firstname.lastname@example.org