Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley
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January 29-30 (Mon-Tue)
February 26-27 (Mon-Tue)
April 23-24 (Mon-Tue)
May 21-22 (Mon-Tue)
Host: Richard Heeley
Duration: 2 days
Times: 9.00-16.00 approx.
Guidelines: To attend this course you should be able to centre and throw a 6" cylinder quickly and comfortably.
Please bring: Towel, apron, your own named tools and wheelbats if you have them, notepad, pen, means of getting your work home (e.g. cardboard crate)
Please book early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular course and due to the intensive nature of the tuition, places are restricted to a maximum of 10.
Dietary requirements must be notified at time of booking otherwise random selection/s will be made for you.
Full information about our courses including booking terms can be found on our website.
Introduced in 2017 in response to popular demand, this is a two-day intermediate level course leading on from Basic Throwing, using Shimpo Whisper potter’s wheels. You will hone and build upon the skills learned during Basic Throwing, and learn about creating more complex multi-part forms such as lidded vessels and teapots, including trimming/turning and finishing.
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.
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What's included in the price?
Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.
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!
Maria Picken - - #8071
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 :)
Laura Hughes - - #8069
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Course Start DatesMonday 29th January 2018
Monday 26th February 2018
Monday 23rd April 2018
Monday 21st May 2018
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