Learn how to throw pots on the potter's wheel

Duration: one day 10.00 - 3:30

Price: £80

Run by: Richard Gibson
at Potterydayz


6 Station Road
Kings Cliffe

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About the Course

Ever wished you could throw pots successfully at the potter's wheel? Well, now you can! I am a qualified ceramicist with over 20 years' experience of throwing clay pots and producing all manner of fine art made in clay. There is nothing as soothing or as therapeutic as sitting at the potter's wheel and throwing pots. This course will give you a head start on some of the essential techniques required to produce your very own first pot, of your own design. If you already have some experience or advanced knowledge of throwing you will be able to extend your pot throwing skills even further by attending this course.

Come along with a friend or purchase a gift voucher for a friend or family member and at last give a gift that really does thrill and ignite the imagination! Our day courses are designed for 2 people or 4 people to enjoy together, or a family of 4/5 i.e. 2 parents and 2/3 children. It's huge fun to work at a new hobby together and to ditch the isolationism of electronic devices for a whole day. Children really love the novelty of speaking, doing and being in the real world for a change! We always welcome children who are accompanied by a paying, supervising adult. Children enjoy a discount off the usual fee. Please contact me for details.

In order to satisfy current levels of demand we can now offer courses by arrangement during the weekdays and have some additional dates available during Easter school holidays. We are also now taking bookings for the school summer holidays. Please contact me for up to date information on dates remaining. There is a limit so please contact me soon so as not to be disappointed.

For additional info and to see previous happy potters click on the link above.

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?

Included in the price is a free lunch of home grown and made vegetable soup and locally baked bread or feel free to bring your own packed lunch. There is also an inexhaustible supply of coffee, tea, water and biscuits. There are no hidden charges -everything required for a fulfilling and memorable pot throwing experience is included in the price. That includes, tools, use of the potter's wheel, apron, clay, tuition etc. At the end of your day, if you have a pot you'd like to keep you may leave it to be fired in my kiln and come and collect it when it's ready or I can send it on to you at a small charge of around £12. The courses are designed for two people- I keep the classes small as I like to maximize the amount of personal tuition you receive and the amount of time you spend on the potter's wheel. This course is highly interactive, fun and you will learn lots!

Want to review this course?

We really enjoyed our day very informative and will definitely return for further tuition. The homemade soup for lunch was delicious.

- - #16666

Excellent day for novice grandad and granddaughter. Richard showed such patience with a 6year old and enabled her to enjoy and learn over the whole day. She and I both felt successful and managed to create something by the end of the day. My granddaughter especially enjoyed the wheel.

- - #16117

Just had a fantastic day, really enjoyed it. Richard is a very patient, skillful and knowledgable teacher. He was even able to get a left hander to throw a pot right handed, which was a challenge for me and probably him but he didnt show it. I cannot rate this course or the lovely lunch especially the beetroot highly enough.
If your considering this course but not sure, go for it. Its relaxing, informative and fun. I highly recommend it.

- - #15985

Response from Potterydayz:

Hello Kathie
Thank you very much for the wonderful review, it was a pleasure teaching you. So pleased you enjoyed the home grown beetroot as well as the course, see you again soon.

I had a fantastic day learning to hand build and throw with Richard in his studio. I came to the workshop wanting to learn how to properly throw whilst also identifying and fixing some bad habits I had developed! Richard was fabulous, a knowledgeable and hands on teacher, he talked me through some hand building warm ups before moving on to throwing techniques and tips. Then whilst I was throwing he was super patient and helped me actually throw some ‘proper’ pots! The whole day was relaxing and I have learnt so much in such a short period. If you are unsure if this is the workshop for you – don’t be!

- - #15068

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you for the generous review, I am delighted to have been able to help. I wish you the best of luck with your future pottery endeavors. Please feel free to get back in touch for any advice. Richard

I had a fantastic day's workshop with Richard in his studio. I've been learning pottery and wanted some more intensive tuition on throwing. Richard is a brilliant teacher, very patient and expressive, and the environment was really relaxing, so I felt like I was able to learn a great deal in a short period. It really helped me gain confidence. I really appreciated the tea and homemade soup for lunch, too. Oh and Richard also plays mean blues harmonica! Thanks so much.

- - #15053

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you Denny for those kind comments. It was a pleasure to help you along on the way to fulfill your pottery adventures. Keep up the throwing and keep in touch. You never know- the Potters Indie Blues Band may be yet be born. Richard

I loved this workshop and can say it’s the best tuition for throwing a pot I’ve had. Richard is very visual In his teaching, clearly demonstrating with his hands how to use them as effective pottery tools. This for me was so helpful and I left the class having learnt something’s very valuable about pottery and it’s potential. The chat and lunch was great too, thoroughly recommend this to everyone.

- - #14733

Response from Potterydayz:

Delighted you and your daughter enjoyed the day-was a pleasure to do some potting with you.
See you again I hope

Very enjoyable day learning how to throw pots with loads of time spent practising while Richard gives helpful advice. A great way to share a creative experience with friends or family. He’s a good teacher and also makes very tasty soup for lunch!

- - #14012

Myself and my partner attended this pot throwing course recently and really enjoyed our time here. Richard is a brilliant instructor and we gained much insight into this wonderful craft. We found it very interesting and relaxing and would highly recommend taking this course with Richard. Thank you for a fantastic day.

- - #13114

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you very much for the kind review- it was a pleasure to enjoy the day with you both- see you again soon.

Thank you Richard for a brilliant day. A really thorough course with plenty of excellent tuition and guidance. Learning about the two pottery methods (hand building and throwing) and getting the chance to get 'hands on' and creative finished the day off nicely.
Even as beginners we even managed to sculpt a Mediterranean thingy and a salt pig! Thanks pal ;o) !

- - #12492

Response from Potterydayz:

Lovely to meet you both and to spend time potting with you. Thank you for the review it is very much appreciated. Your work is due to be fired this week so I will be in contact very soon so that we can arrange a time for you to pop in to get creative with the glazing. Look forward to it. Richard

Fantastic day...relaxed and welcoming environment and expert tuition with knowledgeable and interesting conversation thrown in. I really felt immersed in the artisanal craft and hopefully have a few half decent pots to show for my efforts.
Thanks Richard for a memorable experience...100% recommended!

- - #12308

I booked the day as a surprise for my girlfriends birthday and had a quality time with Richard. It was like spending the day with a friend you’ve known for years. He’s a brilliant teacher with a lot of patience and is happy for you to make plenty of mistakes! The homemade food was excellent too. Thanks Richard!

- - #12204

Response from Potterydayz:

It was a pleasure to meet both you Rob and your girlfriend and to help you get potting. Thank you for that great review-most generous. Your pots have been biscuit fired and ready to be glazed- see you soon I hope.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Richard, it was very therapeutic doing something completely different from our day jobs. Richard was incredibly patient with our attempts on the wheel and we were pleased to create something usable! We have no hesitation in recommending this course.

- - #11472

We had so much fun! I really can't recommend this enough – Richard is a brilliant teacher and fantastic company too. And coffee and lunch were both top notch (v important). It was a perfect birthday present and I'm sure we'll be buying vouchers for friends and family for years to come. We came away feeling enthused and inspired – and can't wait to get our hands on some more clay. Thanks Richard!

- - #11218

Richard is a highly skilled, patient and fun teacher, and as a beginner, I would highly recommend this course to learn or even improve on throwing pots! I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely go again!

- - #10975

I recently took part in the pottery course, with Richard an excellent teacher. He was so patient, as a first timer throwing pots is not as easy as it may look, but within a couple of goes we all had usable pots! Fantastic! You would think having the lesson with 3 newbies would be a nightmare but it was taken in his stride, with all of us having a joyful and memorable lesson.
Definitely highly recommend, will be attending again!

- - #10955

I really enjoyed my time learning to throw. Richard is an excellent teacher and I actually made some pots! I would definitely recomend this course.

- - #10739

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Friday 21st September 2018
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