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Host: Richard Heeley
Duration: 2 days
Places are restricted to a maximum of 10 to ensure sufficient one-to-one attention. To attend this course you should be able to centre and throw a 6" cylinder quickly and comfortably. Full information about our courses, including booking and cancellation terms, can be found on our website.
Richard St John Heeley has 20 years experience teaching pottery at all levels. He has demonstrated and lectured to ceramic societies and universities around the country including at the V&A Museum. He is a full time professional potter exhibiting regularly around the UK and internationally. He is a selected member of the Craft Potters Association and currently runs a pottery at Hempmill Brook just outside Market Drayton. Introduced in response to popular demand, this two-day intermediate level course allows you to hone and build upon basic throwing skills, and learn about creating more complex multi-part forms such as lidded vessels, including trimming/turning and finishing.
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If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tool kit worth over £55, course materials, lunch & refreshments each day, preferential discounts against all of our products.
Wonderful course run by Richard. I attended his basic throwing course in August 2018 at Clay College which was amazing, but now I’ve got some background everything has started to click into place. He has a wealth of knowledge, very down to earth and very patient in dealing with specific issues you have. I would highly recommend Richard's courses as you learn so much - get booking!
Hi Jane, thanks for your kind words! Hope to see you at Potclays again soon.
This course exceeded my expectations. Friendly staff, stimulating shop and good lunch. Course kit was very well thought out. Most of all Richard is a marvellous teacher, very patient, hands on, very skilled. As an experienced potter he knows exactly how to help improve individual potter. My skills have advanced more in two days with Richard than in the last 2 yrs. Couldn't have asked for more. Excellent 😀👌
Thanks for your review, Preeti! Very glad to hear you enjoyed the course. Hope to see you again soon.
Wow. What a brilliant way to spend two days. Richard covered so much ground, was clear and articulate in his teaching, and generous and supportive with his feedback. I have come away with more confidence, enthusiasm and clarity about how to improve my practice. Thank you to: Potclays for making this happen; Richard for his commitment, support, talent and expert teaching; and fellow participants for great company and clay chat. 👏👍😁
Thanks so much for your comments, Oonagh! I'll pass them on to everyone. Very glad you enjoyed and gained so much from the course, and hope to welcome you back soon. All the best, Becky (Director)
This is my first short course and I was blown away by the amount of instruction, hints, tips and one-to-one guidance Richard provided in the two days.
The facilities were great plenty of space, well-lit and a lot warmer than my garage-studio! I have a Shimpo wheel, like those used in the course, so was right at home with it. A couple of the others in the class took a little while to get to grips with a different kind of wheel, but were soon throwing beautiful pieces.
I was somewhat apprehensive before attending that I wasn't quite skilled enough for an 'intermediate' course, but was reassured from the outset and made to feel comfortable throughout. The class had a wide range of abilities and Richard managed to cater to us all.
Richard is clearly passionate about pottery and very keen to share his knowledge and experience. His enthusiasm was infectious! He managed to strike a great balance between demonstration/instruction and hands-on time so that we were able to learn loads and apply it there, with him keeping a watchful eye and giving each of us plenty of input, encouragement and development.
The Potclays team were also great, offering help and advice as well as making us feel welcome.
I heartily recommend this course for anyone looking to improve their throwing skills.
Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, Alison! We're delighted you enjoyed and learned such a lot from Richard's workshop. We'll be sure to pass your comments on to him and to our staff. Hope to see you again soon!
Much thought from Potclays goes into the care of each member of the class and all the staff there are genuinely kind. The equipment is of a high standard and the room is bright, clean and friendly. Richard is a delightful, knowledgeable and talented tutor with a vast number of tips that make all the difference to making. He showed an ability to intuit exactly what each student needed to know even though we were all at different stages of ability. His enthusiasm inspired risk taking and his calming ‘Zen’ approach inspired confidence. I would happily do the intermediate course with Richard again knowing I would learn more each time.
This course was excellent - I have come away inspired. Richard was positive and friendly, whilst being professional and disciplined. I highly recommend both Potclays and Richard Heeley as a teacher. I have learnt a lot and will be back for another potclays course in the future. Thank you
It has been an excellent two days with Richard, he has a great way of encouraging/pushing you more than you realise. Centring 3Kg was a personal highlight.
As always I picked up things I didn't know I needed to know and my eye is wandering on to do another course.
Everyone at Potclays was properly friendly and helpful- a delight.
I have just completed two wonderful days with Richard. As usual the staff at Potclays were really friendly and helpful and despite the group having varying throwing skills Richard made sure we all felt we had progressed and learned a huge amount. He gave us lots of one to one help and demonstrated really well as well as helping with suggestions for any other problems we had with glazes, batt wash, etc. I am now inspired to get back on the wheel and throw bigger pots! I would recommend this course highly.
Richard managed the class brilliantly considering we were all had different levels of skill. He was only too keen to help, advise and show us " tricks of the trade " . We could also ask him for advice on any aspect of ceramics - not just throwing - I got some useful information from him regarding glazes.
Really interesting course.
Facilities were ideal.
Staff at Potclays were friendly and helpful.
Richard Heeley was a great teacher offering lots of one to one help and advise.
I went away feeling really inspired.
I have no hesitation in recommending this course to those wanting to develop their throwing skills.
The intermediate throwing course was challenging. By the end of the first day I felt as if I had taken a step backwards compared to the beginners course attended last October. Perhaps it was too early to attend the intermediate course. However, after a chat with Kevin and some personalised teaching and support, the second day was far more productive and successful. I progressed quickly in terms of developing better shaping of cylindrical forms and bowl shapes. Most importantly, I learnt why I had made mistakes and how to correct them.
Kevin is an outstanding teacher; intuitive and supportive.
Although I didn't quite finish making a teapot, one of the course objectives, the necessary skills were practised enough to give me the confidence to finish and make another one!
I thoroughly enjoyed the two days, and was suitably exhausted by the end of it. The venue and equipment was excellent - my only issue being that we could have had more batts to throw on. Perhaps some smaller ones would have been useful. The drying cabinet was most useful, enabling us to turn pots on day two, and also get them into a fit state to transport home.
The tuition from Kevin was enthusiastic and knowledgeable - there was ample opportunity to observe techniques and then practice them - and to ask questions as we went along. I felt that I was learning and developing throughout the course, and that it was a most profitable way to spend a couple of wet days in February. It has developed my own practice and has given me plenty of good tips to pass on to my own students. Thanks very much to Kevin, Potclays and my fellow students who were all great. I would definitely recommend this course to develop throwing skills and confidence :)