Intermediate Throwing with Richard Heeley


Duration: 2 days

Price: £245

Run by: Becky Otter
at Potclays Ltd.

01782 219 816

Potclays Ltd.
Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 6JW

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About the Course

*If you have completed this course please leave a review below!*

2018 DATES (please click the View Website link to book):
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.
Ability: Intermediate
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)

Important information:
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.

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 practiced professionals alike for over 35 years!

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tool kit worth over £47, course materials, lunch, refreshments, preferential discounts against all of our products.



Want to review this course?

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.

- - #13905

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

- - #13416

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.

- - #13323

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.

- - #13317

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.

- - #12746

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.

- - #12685

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!

- - #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 :)

- - #8069

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