About the Course
Ever wished you could throw pots successfully at the potter's wheel? Well, now you can! Richard Gibson MA is 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 days course will give you a head start on some of the essential techniques required to produce your first wheel thrown pot and provide you with a hand building opportunity .
Come along with a friend and pay only £150, or purchase a gift voucher from us or Craftcourses for a family member as a present to provide a wonderful days experience. Our day courses are designed for bookings of 2, 3 or 4 people to experience together. Couples really enjoy this course. We maximize the amount of personal tuition you receive and the amount of time making by keeping the groups small. We always welcome children who are accompanied by a paying, supervising adult. Children enjoy a discount off the usual fee as "Parent and child". 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 school holidays. We are also now taking bookings for the Christmas period and into the new year. 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. Please note I am not a 'hobby' potter but a professional ceramicist!
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. Feel free to bring your own packed lunch if you have any dietary requirements but it is suitable for vegetarians . 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 and making 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-£15. This course is highly interactive, fun and you will learn lots!
The experience with Richard was really really great! It was a calm and tranquil atmosphere, very informal and explorative. Richard gives clear and concise directions, yet still allows you to be creative. He’s very friendly and approachable. We learnt two pottery techniques and it just made us want to go back. Will definitely recommend to others, and go back to do it myself!! The experience would be a perfect gift for others!! The soup was also fabulous!
Morgan Middleton - - #18513
Had a great day with six of us in Richard's studio. Lots of fun and we all came out enthused with some pretty decent attempts on the wheel - even if 5 /6 of us were left handed ( a bit of a challenge on a right handed wheel). Richard was very calm and patient with us all and has a great depth of knowledge. Highly recommended and can't wait to see the fired results.
Camilla - - #18214
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Richard learning how to throw and hand building. Richard was an excellent teacher. He was patient and catered the lesson to my personal needs and aims. I'd highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn a new skill, or build on their existing skills. Richard made the experience memorable and enjoyable, he has inspired me to create more pots and further my new skill. Thank you for a great day!
Emily Briggs - - #18010
Had a wonderful day potting, which sped by, building a coil pot along with the opportunity to throw some pots on the wheel. Richard was informative, patient, supportive and interesting to talk to. He provided lots of tea and a lovely lunch. Highly recommend as a gift for someone or to treat yourself to something different.
Anne Wigglesworth - - #18002
This was a birthday present for my husband, Trevor, and it was a big hit! Richard's patience and excellent guidance has spurred Trevor on to sign up for a course. Although I was there mainly to accompany Trevor, I really enjoyed the experience. Richard is so knowledgeable and interesting and he is an expert teacher so we both managed to make some pots. We can't wait to come back and glaze them and we will want to sign up to the Raku day in May.
In addition, there was plenty of tea and coffee on hand and the soup at lunchtime was delicious. All in all it was a great day and we shall definitely recommend the experience to our friends.
Stephanie Mee - - #17948
Richard created a relaxed environment where we all felt comfortable to do our own thing and enjoy the day. It was great fun and I made a vase and 2 dishes. Definitely recommend giving it a try.
Lynne Smith - - #17911
We really enjoyed our day very informative and will definitely return for further tuition. The homemade soup for lunch was delicious.
Christy Jones - - #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.
Peter O'Brien - - #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.
kathie - - #15985
Response from Potterydayz:Hello Kathie
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!
Alison Sealey - - #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.
Denny - - #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.
Sue shields - - #14733
Response from Potterydayz:Delighted you and your daughter enjoyed the day-was a pleasure to do some potting with you.
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!
Judith Powers - - #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.
Louise - - #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) !
Carrie & Mark - - #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!
Dan - - #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!
Karin & Rob - - #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.
Gail Charley - - #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!
Camilla McLean - - #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!
Beth Wyles - - #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!
Hannah Wyles - - #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.
Anna - - #10739
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