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Advanced throwing masterclass with David Frith


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Ability: Advanced

Places are restricted to a maximum of 10 to ensure sufficient one-to-one attention. To attend this course you should be a 'proficient thrower' able to comfortably and quickly throw a range of basic, medium sized forms. Full information about our courses, including booking and cancellation terms, can be found on our website.

David Frith is one of the most respected of Britain's active potters. He has travelled extensively; teaching - both pottery and kiln-building, giving exhibitions and holding workshops. This outstandingly popular advanced level course has been extended to three days of intensive tuition, and will cover all aspects of throwing with practical demonstrations and hands-on sessions using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will throw a wide range of bowls, platters and jars as well as lidded forms. David will deal with many aspects of surface pattern direct onto the newly thrown form, including faceting, paddling and rope-impressed design. He will also demonstrate two-piece throwing to enable bigger jars and bottles to be made.

Have you been inspired by the Great British Pottery Throw Down? Browse the range of inspiring pottery and ceramics courses at Potclays. We have been teaching beginners and practised professionals alike for over 35 years!

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What's included in the price?

Tool kit worth over £97, course materials, lunch & refreshments each day, preferential discounts against all of our products.


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3 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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- - #29486

David Frith is an inspiration with a wealth of practical experience developed over years as a top potter. His teaching is clear and supportive whilst encouraging participants to stretch themselves.

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- - #17507

I throughly enjoyed this course as an intermediate thrower. David did numerous demonstrations which we then tried to copy, he is a master with such fluidity it was a joy to watch him - platters, urns with lids, big bowls etc. David's style is much more look and learn rather than full on teaching. I would have liked to been able to stay on later than 4pm which my fellow students agreed on too. We all would have benefited if this were possible as the days seemed quite short. But I've come home full of inspiration and more confidence as a result of spending 3 days with David Frith.

Response from Potclays Ltd.:

Hi Tamsin, thanks so much for your review! We're very glad to hear you enjoyed the course and we will be sure to pass your comments on to David. As we mention on the course programme sheet, timings are flexible according to the progress of the group. However, we decided on a 4pm published finish time for our courses as we have, on occasion, had a mad rush at the end of a course for students to place or collect their orders. We are very happy for students to carry on working until shortly before we close, if they wish. Thanks again for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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- - #11418

All thanks to pot clay. I enjoyed this workshop with Mr David Frith
i responded more by working and directing with the great artist David
I was hoping to compensate us for an extra day for not having the artist on the first day
Especially to me brought from a place away from Kuwait
jamila al salem. Kuwait

In-person course
- - #8329

Extremely well run and thought out course. David Frith is an inspiring presence . I have been throwing off and on for thirty years and was still able to learn new techniques and improve my throwing. A generous mountain of clay to get through and good arrangements for completed work. Fascinating tour of the site; Potclays staff extremely helpful at all times. A great course.

In-person course
- - #3541

Two days of inspiration and confidence building. I am a handbuilder and have very little experience on the wheel. I worried that this course would be too difficult for me, but found that David explain everything in a brilliant and easy way. And helped us on the level we where at. These two days gave me the confidence to go home and continue working on the wheel. David is an amazing potter. I could watch him all day long. Came home with plenty of pots in all sizes. AMAZING

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- - #3489

I thoroughly enjoyed being on the course with David Frith. I have been studying ceramics for over 25 years and I was still learning more new techniques. David is a fountain of knowledge and is very generous with it and has an ability to make everything appear easy and achievable.
We made platters, jugs, bowls, tea bowls, faceted decoration. He demonstrated different decorating techniques which were brilliant. All in all a very inspiring tutor.

The staff at Potclays were extremely helpful and pleasant. Nothing was too much trouble. James Otter went out of his way to show us around the factory which was most interesting and informative. James does his utmost to explain things in detail. I bought a kiln from them last year and James spent a lot of time explaining the workings of it and made a video for me to refer to on my telephone.

The lunches were plentiful and varied, most welcome after a morning of throwing.....

Best wishes
Wendy Van Dort

In-person course
- - #3487

I really enjoyed this course.
As a self taught thrower I really got a lot out of the two days that is going to be helpful and hopefully now progress my throwing skills.
David is a very talented, knowledgeable Potter.
We threw plates, bowls, vases, jugs, lids, and we also played with various decorating methods. My only disappointment is not spending some time on two piece throwing.
I would definitely recommend this course.

In-person course
- - #2581

Had two wonderful days on the course. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food good and plenty of it.
David is an excellent teacher very patient and encouraging.
David is very quietly spoken and difficult to hear when he is addressing the whole group, maybe a microphone and speakers would help.
Thank you David and all the staff at Potclays

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- - #1745

Inspirational potter.a very enjoyable and helpful two days. Helpful staff, and may thanks for the jump-start as I flattened battery during day 1! Two sinks is insufficient , though we got by. The food was excessive in amount, and perfectly satisfactory,though a bit stodgy -some fruit would have been good.

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- - #1739

I really loved this course. I have been throwing for 3 years and felt it was at the right level for me and really moved me on. Initially I was daunted by the amount of clay we threw with (around 2-3 kgs) but I made huge progress and am delighted with what I am now able to do. David was a great teacher, really I would have liked one more day. Potclays were great, next time have a pile of batts available for us to buy at home time please! Two sinks with only cold water was not enough for 10 of us, it would be good if you could improve on this. I bought lots of the clay we used on the course, it would be great if there were opportunities to try out some of your other clays too. Many thanks.

In-person course
- - #1034

A wonderful two days, I really felt I had advanced greatly. David Frith demonstrated a variety of technics and I had the opportunity to practice them with help where needed. As a near beginner David supported where appropriate and mademe feel I could do it! The Staff were great and very helpful. The only negative I feel was the lunch, which was basic.... perhaps everyone bringing their own might work? Thank You.

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- - #737

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- - #730

I have been on at least 5 throwing courses. I have to say that I got more out of this one than any of the others. Very sympathetic tuition.

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- - #727

A great learning experience with such a highly skilled and helpful mentor. David is such a nice guy. Learnt a lot of new techniques.The two days flew by.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff.
The food and refreshments are up to the normal good standard.

Thank you

In-person course
- - #726

David Frith is an excellent and inspiring teacher with a lot of sympathy for relative beginners.The course organisation was excellent but the provision of clay was a bit sparse! Luckily David could cope with clay reuse/ slabbing etc and did most of this for us.
The only other problem was a worry that the warehouse would shut before we had time to finish our course and tidy everything up.
A very enjoyable and productive two days!

In-person course
- - #725

Great course with David whose throwing is inspirational.

In-person course
- - #361

Having recently attended two days at Potclays seminar 'Pottery Throwing With David Frith', I just had to say what an enjoyable and inspiring time I had. So much was achieved in just two days. Techniques included: throwing, turning, pulling and attaching handles, slip decoration, faceting, decorative pattern and mark making, and techniques for larger scale pots. David demonstrates first, and then gives plenty of individual attention which makes the course suitable for all abilities. The venue was excellent, and everything you could possibly need was provided. Highly recommended!

In-person course
- - #356

As an enthusiastic amateur I had never thrown anything bigger than six inches. As a small group there was plenty of hands on experience and personal attention which had me making faceted and lidded jars and 12 inch vases using the two piece throwing. In two days I had advanced more than the previous six months and inspired to further progress and success. David's style of teaching was friendly and effective making this a most enjoyable and productive two days. Highly recommended!

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