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Porcelain Masterclass with Richard Heeley

Porcelain Masterclass with Richard Heeley at Potclays in Stoke-on-Trent

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Host: Richard Heeley
Course duration: 3 days
Times: 9.30-16.30
Ability: Intermediate > Advanced

Places are restricted to a maximum of 10 to ensure sufficient one-to-one attention. To attend this course you should be a proficient thrower, either with standard clay or porcelain. Full information about our courses, including booking and cancellation terms, can be found on our website.

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.

This is a special intermediate to advanced three-day masterclass with Richard Heeley, focusing on throwing, turning and decorating porcelain. Richard will discuss the characteristics, technology and history of porcelain, demonstrating techniques and strategies for success in throwing and turning. Richard will also demonstrate his blue and white under glaze technique, focusing on brushwork, mark making and pattern design using cobalt pigments.

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 practised professionals alike for over 35 years!

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tool kit plus 2 bags porcelain worth over £140, lunch & refreshments each day, preferential discounts against all of our products.


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I attended this course December 2019. I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in getting into or want to improve their porcelain practice. Richard is an amazing teacher and he is so generous in sharing his experience and his art! We threw on the first day, trimmed on the second and decorated on the third. I was totally inspired and can't wait to make more! Thank you for this course.

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Response from Potclays Ltd.:

Thank you for your kind review, Janet! Much appreciated. Will make sure Richard sees it. Hope to see you here again soon.

I attended this course last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Richard is an excellent and insiprational teacher, his knowledge in porcelain and any other aspect of ceramics is amazing. The fact that he readily shares all this is humbling. I think this was the best masterclass I have ever done. Thank you again, Richard and Potclays.

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Response from Potclays Ltd.:

Thank you for your lovely review, Susie! Very glad you enjoyed Richard's masterclass. We'll be sure to pass your kind words on to him.

I took this course last week and I am so happy that I was fortunate enough to learn from Richard. He is extremely generous with his extensive knowledge, and I improved so much from the first goblet to the last large platter that friends don't believe I made them! ;-).
Many thanks to Richard and everyone at Potclays for making it a great workshop.

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Response from Potclays Ltd.:

Many thanks for your kind words Jacqui! Look forward to seeing you here again soon :-) Best wishes from the Potclays team.

I did this course at the beginning of the week. I can't believe how much we covered and how much I improved during the few days tuition. Richard's knowledge of porcelain was fascinating and invaluable. Such an inspiring teacher and great personality. I really enjoyed the course.

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Response from Potclays Ltd.:

Many thanks for your lovely review, Katie. We're glad you enjoyed the course! Best wishes, the Potclays Team

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