1-Day Improver's Throwing Course with Pottery West



We’re excited to welcome you into our beautiful city centre studio for a 1-day intensive improver throwing workshop led by Matt. We keep the group small with only 4 spaces available, each student with their own wheel and lots of guidance from Matt. This course is aimed at helping you learn new skills and improve on your existing skills working with clay and throwing at the wheel. Before the workshop we ask you about your previous experience at the wheel and what skills and techniques in particular you would like to develop during the workshop. These could goals such as how to; - throw at specific form - prepare and centre clay - consistently reproduce forms -create handles and spouts -scale up work The workshop is intended for students with some experience at the wheel. As there will be a maximum of four students per workshop there will be plenty of time for both one-to-one and group teaching. Please do get in touch if you have any questions. About Pottery West: Pottery West is the studio of Catherine and Matt West - makers, designers and potters - we’re now a team of four and create wheel-thrown ceramic tableware and decorative pieces for the home our of our Sheffield studio. About the tutor: Matt co-founded Pottery West in 2015 and has been working with clay since 2013. Specialising in thrown functional ware, you’ll often find Matt at the wheel either leading on our production pieces or else working on new designs. Matt originally trained as a designer, graduating from Goldsmiths in 2011 and also worked as a baker before re-training as a potter.

What's included in the price?

We will fire and glaze one (and if relevant, more than one) finished piece and post to you after the course has ended. All equipment and materials will be provided. Aprons will be provided but please wear suitable clothing that you don’t mind getting covered in clay. Please wear suitable footwear. Once you’ve made your booking, we will contact you via email to discuss your plans, aspirations and interests so that we can tailor-make the session. Lunch and refreshments will be included - please advise of any dietary requirements upon booking.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Pottery West

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
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Persistence Works, 21 Brown Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BS