Throwing for beginners

Throwing a small bowl


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 'chat with the maker' 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.


Charles Butters at Charlie's Pots


Queens Park
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


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

Gold Badge
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.


In-person course
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

In-person course
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

In-person course
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

In-person course
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 course
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 course
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

In-person course
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.

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