Course Provider: Gower Heritage Centre
Contact Name: Sarah Davies
Telephone: 01792 371206
Course Length: Full Day
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An introductory day course for beginners, where you will learn about the process of making ceramics. By the end of the day you will have sampled a range of techniques, and gained a better understanding of how to prepare and manipulate clay into functional and decorative forms.
What will you do?
Following an introduction to the pottery studio and discussion of the various stages of producing ceramic goods by our potter, we will get stuck in with some ‘meet the clay’ warm up exercises! During the day, you will learn how to prepare your clay, and we will produce sample pots using three types of construction technique – pinching (the oldest way of making clay vessels), coiling, and finally throwing on the wheel. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and look at some examples of how they might be used and combined to produce really dynamic and exciting works. The pieces that you create will be dried, glazed and fired and will be available for collection (or posting on to you, but please note that this may incur an additional cost depending on weight/size) within a few weeks.
Why not extend your course and have a short break in our self catering accommodation. We have accommodation on site which sleeps from 2 to 10 and is only a 20 minute walk from the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay.
What's included in the price?
When are the courses run?
Courses are run at regular intervals throughout the year, on weekdays and weekends. Please contact our reception or see our website for upcoming dates. Your day begins at 10am, and finishes at 5:30pm, with a break for lunch in our Tearoom (included) and plenty of tea top-ups throughout the day.
What to wear?
Clay can be a rather messy medium, and if have one it would be worth bringing an old shirt that you don’t mind getting the odd bit of clay on. We do also have aprons available for you to borrow. It’s also worth noting that the pottery studio can be chilly, especially in winter. Whilst this is great for working with clay (as it slows the rate of drying) it does mean that an extra jumper is always a good idea.
What does the course cost?
Our Pottery Studio day courses cost £85. This includes lunch and all refreshments, materials etc. Please get in touch to book your place or for more details via the contact form above, by calling us on 01792 371206 or by visiting our shop at the centre.