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Introductory throwing course


Duration: 5 x 3hour lessons

Price: £180

Book with: Sophie Southgate
at The Clay Room UK

V22 Priory
Studio 16
Orpington
Kent
BR6 0HH

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About the Course

The Introductory Throwing Course is suitable for complete beginners and for people with some throwing experience wishing to improve their skills. You will be taught by Sophie or Sam, both have many years of experience and thoroughly enjoy teaching.

You will be guided through each of the stages of throwing, starting with centring the clay on the wheel, to turning into cylinders and finally finishing your pot so that it is ready to be taken off the wheel. You will learn how to make small adjustments to improve each stage of the process, and how to transform simple cylinders in many different ways, including how to make bowls.

The more experienced throwers and returning students who feel confident can try working with larger pieces of clay. They will go onto learn how to create balconys and lids, necks for bottles, wide based plates, throwing off the hump and throwing on bats when they are ready.

Students will learn how to turn the bases of their pots, as well as different decoration techniques. They will also be taught how to finesse their work and make it ready for firing. The last class will be spent learning how to glaze the pots that have been made.

What to expect: The Clay Room has just expanded into a larger workshop at a small yard, in a beautiful rural setting overlooking the Kent country side. We currently have 4 wheels for throwing so that you get plenty of one-on-one help, advice and support. All classes are friendly and welcoming, no experience is required, the projects are designed to get your creative ideas flowing. There are examples to give you starting points, and plenty of books and magazines for inspiration. You can make yourself tea and coffee at any point during the classes. There is also a social aspect to the Clay Room, and you will be invited to join us on trips to Ceramics shows and fairs, any competitions and open studios if you want to get involved.

There is a small material fee of £6 per kg of finished fired work for standard studio clay, £8 per kg for porcelain.

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

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are provided, teas and coffees.



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- - #22907

I have thoroughly enjoyed my course at the clay room and have already signed up to continue. I was a complete beginner and the atmosphere was welcoming and relaxed. The teaching is excellent, with clear instruction that allows you to steadily grow in skills and confidence, while working at your own pace. Highly recommended!

- - #22875

I attended Sophie's Introductory Throwing Course earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. I was a complete beginner and found that although there were a fair number of steps to follow to create a piece, each was well-explained and Sophie was always available to answer questions and provide guidance.

My pieces needed to be rescued at times, and on those occasions when I lacked the skill to resolve these on my own, Sophie stepped in to help. She didn't simply get the piece back to a state I could work with it again, Sophie took the time to explain what she was doing and the reasons for this. Incredibly helpful when I worked on subsequent pieces.

The whole experience was fun, engaging, and very hands on. I enjoyed it so much that I've signed up again!

- - #22695

This was the perfect introductory course to throwing! Sophie is a great teacher and gives lots of guidance through each stage of throwing which helped me to understanding the importance of different movements to start to form the clay. From never having thrown before, I have come away with a range of different pots which I am very happy with! The studio was really well stocked with different clays and glazes - I will definitely be back there again.

- - #22687

This throwing course run by Sophie Southgate is excellent. Sophie has a knack of explaining the methods and she is patient, thorough and encouraging.

- - #22563

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Intermediate level
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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