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One week intensive pottery course 10am-4pm @ CUP

Work thrown in the studio

Duration: 6 days

Price: £240

Book with: Col Hamilton
at CUP Ceramics Community

Unit 10
Foley Trading Estate
Hereford
Herefordshire
HR1 2SF

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About the Course

Our course leader and experienced ceramicist and educationalist Pat Thompson will handle the development of your skills and the conveying of our ethos with her very capable hands. This course is ideal for you if you are looking for an extensive introduction to throwing and hand building or just to refresh rusty skills.

These 6 sessions will guide you through the basics of pottery techniques, using both hand-building and wheel-throwing.

At the beginning of each pottery session there is a demonstration of a technique to be used in the class. You will then be able to create your own unique piece using the technique you have been shown or work on your own project. Techniques include pinch pots, slab work, surface decoration & wheel work.

During the 6 day course we will progress through the following:

An introduction to the studio and equipment, looking at the clays and glazes used at CUP.

An introduction to clay preparation: wedging and kneading as a preliminary to further clay work.

Wheel work demonstrations of basic centring techniques and practising these techniques demonstrations of thrown forms on the wheel: a cylinder, followed by individual practise a bowl, followed by individual practise a plate, followed by individual practise learning to trim and finish a pot, learning to pull and apply handles of different shapes and types, pulling a pouring spout on jugs.

Hand building demonstrations of pinch pots, coil pots, slab-rolling and practising these techniques.

Surface decoration

There are many different ways to decorate your pots both before and after bisque firing. We will explore many of these, and you will have ample opportunity to practise on your own pots.

The groups are small, friendly & informal, with a maximum of seven students per class so that we can provide you with ample support & encouragement.

You will need to return a few weeks later for the sixth and final session to glaze your pots after they have been bisque fired. There will be an opportunity to explore the CUP glazes and learn basics in applying glaze to a selection of your bisque-fired pots. There will be a charge of £6.50 per kilo for all finished pottery. The whole process from making to finished work ready for you to take home takes several weeks. Please see our website for more details including the date of the final glazing session.

All equipment, tools & storage space will be provided. Please bring your own apron, towel, notebook and pen.

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?

Refreshments are included. There is a cafe next to the studio or you can bring a packed lunch.



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Course Start Dates

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


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends