Throwing for beginners

Throwing a small bowl
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Description

NOTE - I HAVE ONE SPACE AVAILABLE ON THE 12TH JUNE
This one day throwing workshop takes place from 10am to 4pm at an art centre in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

The pottery workshop can accommodate 5 students at a time.
Clay and tools are provided and the fee includes the bisque firing of one finished thrown pot. If you want to fire more pots then this can be arranged at a small cost.

It is recommended that you bring your own apron or clothes that you don't mind getting clay on and your own small towel.
Please wear a mask or a visor during the tuition.
I will be wearing a visor and we will all be socially distancing throughout the day.

This course is designed for beginners wishing to learn the basics of throwing a cylinder - the basis of most thrown pots. More experienced throwers can be shown more advanced techniques.

The workshop will run subject to two people being booked for each day.

To book please press 'see available dates' or if you have any questions regarding the workshops you can contact me through the 'message the tutor' button.

If you find that you need to rearrange the course for a later date I will need at least
two weeks notice.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Tools and clay are included.
The cost to fire one thrown pot is included.
Other pots can be fired at a small cost.
It is advised that you bring your own packed lunch.

Maker

Charles Butters at Charlie's Pots

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Venue

Queens Park
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP21 7RT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

Duration

6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.

Reviews

In-person
Lindsay - - #38428

Both myself (Lindsay) and my wife (Francine) attended a tuition day, the course was excellent.
Charles gave full explanations and support throughout the day, which meant we achieved our goal of throwing some half decent looking pots. The day was a great learning experience which we intend to continue / take further.
Thanks Charlie for a great day, looking forward to glazing our pots once kilned.

Hope to see you soon.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Lindsay & Francine
Many thanks for your
lovely feedback.
It was a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to seeing you again for the glazing.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Carole Watson - - #38413

Charlie certainly knows his stuff as well as being extremely patient and super helpful. I really enjoyed the day, despite not being a natural..... If you're looking to learn about pottery, then Charlie is definitely your man!!

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Carole
It was a pleasure to meet you and fun to teach you.
Thank you so much for your comments.
Hope to see you back at the wheel soon.
Charlie

In-person
Elizabeth Emmett - - #38397

Such a fabulous day. Charlie was a great instructor, informative and patient, and made me feel confident with what I was doing. I would highly recommend this course and I can’t wait for my next session!

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Elizabeth
Many thanks for your kind feedback.
Look forward to seeing you at the glazing session.
Charlie

In-person
Georgia Riley - - #38376

What a fantastic day, Charlie was very informative and patient and I left feeling confident in what we had learnt. Would highly recommend the day and I will be back for more!

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Many thanks for your comments.
Look forward to seeing you for the glazing.
Charlie

In-person
Janice Kite - - #37812

I really enjoyed the day. Charlie gave clear and completed instruction and direction - There is a great deal to remember!

My only suggestion would be to have more visual aids for each step of the process of throwing. There was just one showing the steps. It would be helpful to have additional visuals per step reminding the student the position of their hands/arms and another explaining the key technique.

In-person
Shannon woods - - #37239

Really enjoyed the course, Charlie was very friendly and a great teacher. We can’t wait to come back and paint our pots!

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Shannon
Thank you for you kind words.
Look forward to seeing you both soon for the glazing.
Charlie

In-person
Ruth and Barry - - #36471

Thank you Charlie for a wonderful pottery experience in your fully equipped studio. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute in the welcoming and friendly environment. We appreciated your expert tuition from learning about the clay we worked with to the detailed step by step instruction, delivered with bucket loads of encouragement and patience. We very much look forward to learning about the glazing and to learning more about making pots.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Ruth Barry and Angie
Thank you so much for your kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I am glad you enjoyed the day.
Look forward to seeing you for the glazing.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Nell - - #35914

A really brilliant day. Charlie was so very patient as he explained everything (quite a few times!) and really encouraging and positive about the end results. Really great to spend a day with new people, all learning a new skill together.
Looking forward to returning for the glazing.
Thank you.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Nell & Kristina
Many thanks for your lovely comments. Look forward to seeing you for the glazing.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Sally Cowley - - #35708

What a treat to have a potting wheel all day and the patient and expert help of Charlie to guide us to making actually useable and attractive vessels! A wonderful day.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Sally & Bill
Many thanks for your feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you.
I look forward to seeing you here again soon.
Charlie

In-person
Perry Ward - - #35703

A great day and a fantastic course, Charlie is a great source of pottery knowledge and is a patient and engaging teacher. I'm looking forward to seeing everything fired and trying out glazing.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Perry & Sid
Many thanks for your lovely feedback.
It was a pleasure to meet you both.
Hope to see you back here soon for the glazing.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Louise Elflain - - #35698

Absolutely fabulous day. Charlie was brilliant, he explained everything in detail, was very patient and encouraging. The small class meant that he was able to really spend time with each student offering advice and help throughout the day. Had a wonderful day! Cracking fella!
Thank you!
Will be back as soon as I can!!

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Lou
Thank you very much for your review. It's very kind of you.
I am glad you had a nice time and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Charlie

In-person
Jane Hauck - - #35187

Had a lovely day. A course that was really hands on with a great tutor. Learnt a lot and the day just flew by. Would highly recommend it.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Jane
Thank you for your lovely comments.
It was a pleasure to meet you and I am glad that you enjoyed the day.
Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Please get in touch if you have any further questions about the glazing.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Tracy Rolls - - #35173

As many of the other reviews state Charlie was a great teacher and very knowledgable. He was patient and focused on the areas each of us was finding difficult to get correct.
Charlie encouraged us to persevere, which meant we all got at least one pot out. The time went so quickly for me because it was a very enjoyable experience.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to get a good grounding for stating a new hobby.
Many thanks Charlie from both Steve and Tracy 👍😊

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Tracy and Steve
Many thanks for your kind review.
It was a pleasure to meet you both and I am glad that you both enjoyed the day.
Look forward to seeing you both again soon.
Your pots have now been fired and are ready to glaze.
Contact me if you need help booking a glaze session.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Lucy & Conor McGill - - #35167

This was the most amazing craft course I have done in the last few years. My hubby enjoyed it immensely and I personally have been waiting to get my hands on a potters wheel to try this for 32 years since I was at school! It was definitely worth the wait. The tutor was lovely - really good at explaining everything during the day and I ended up with a mug, a double handled soup mug and 2 bowls for the days efforts, hubby 2 bowls and a mug) ready to fire before glazing at a later date! The course was even better than I was expecting and I'd recommend it to anyone who has even a vague interest in crafting! Charlie was a brilliant tutor! 5 stars all round :)

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Lucy and Conor
Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so glad you enjoyed the course and look forward to seeing you again soon for the glazing.
Please get in touch if you have any further questions.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Claire Bouwer - - #34659

Thank you Charlie for a very enjoyable course last Sunday. Your demonstrations and guidance was very clear and really helped me to understand the exact technique to manipulate the clay on the potter's wheel. I can't wait to see my items all finished off.

In-person
Laetitia Gabrielli - - #34598

Both I (with little experience in throwing) and my stepdaughter (16 years old, total beginner) really enjoyed this course ! We both learned and improved a lot !
Charlie explained everything very well, he I was very patient, he took time with each of us to go through all the different steps till we succeed making lovely mugs !
I definitely recommend this course to anyone who’s is new at throwing !

In-person
Liz Maclaren - - #34157

I spent a really enjoyable day on this course. Charlie was a great teacher and showed us step by step how to throw a cylinder and was so knowledgeable and so patient! We all managed to throw pots and it was wonderful learning about the clay and techniques. I would highly recommend it. Thanks Charlie and I’m looking forward to coming back and doing some glazing.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Hello Liz.
Thank you for your lovely comments.
It was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to seeing you for the glazing.
Best wishes
Charlie

In-person
Ian Abbott - - #33947

Both my wife and I attended a tuition day, the course was great. Charles gave full explanations and support throughout the whole day, which made for a fantastic day of learning and experiencing new things. Thanks Charlie for a great day, hope to see you soon.

Response from Charlie's Pots:

Thank you so much for your feedback.
It was lovely to meet you both.
Your pots are now ready to be glazed.
Hope to see you soon.
Charlie

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