This course was excellent - I have come away inspired. Richard was positive and friendly, whilst being professional and disciplined. I highly recommend both Potclays and Richard Heeley as a teacher. I have learnt a lot and will be back for another potclays course in the future. Thank you
wendy - - #13416
It has been an excellent two days with Richard, he has a great way of encouraging/pushing you more than you realise. Centring 3Kg was a personal highlight.
As always I picked up things I didn't know I needed to know and my eye is wandering on to do another course.
Everyone at Potclays was properly friendly and helpful- a delight.
Sue Wilford - - #13323
I have just completed two wonderful days with Richard. As usual the staff at Potclays were really friendly and helpful and despite the group having varying throwing skills Richard made sure we all felt we had progressed and learned a huge amount. He gave us lots of one to one help and demonstrated really well as well as helping with suggestions for any other problems we had with glazes, batt wash, etc. I am now inspired to get back on the wheel and throw bigger pots! I would recommend this course highly.
Lyn Kini - - #13317
I enjoyed the two days with Jon French learning how to throw a pot from someone with a great deal of knowledge and experience. The class room was well lit, clean and spacious. All the staff were very helpful and made me feel welcome. The cost of the two day course was very reasonable. When I have practiced throwing at home I will be booking the intermediate workshop.
Thank you to all Potclay staff and Jon French.
Lynton Wakeham - - #13183
I have to say that Jon French was incredibly supportive despite me being very much the novice amongst a class who with a few exceptions were all reasonably experienced potters.
It was great fun, the staff at Potclays were very pleasant and helpful and all in all a very worthwhile two days,.
A nice lunch was provided and as much tea and coffee as you wished and as much clay as you could get round to using although some efforts went straight to recycling. Jon is an awesome thrower which rather left me feeling very incompetent but he encouraged and helped directly when necessary. A very nice course
Peter Styles - - #13180
Richard managed the class brilliantly considering we were all had different levels of skill. He was only too keen to help, advise and show us " tricks of the trade " . We could also ask him for advice on any aspect of ceramics - not just throwing - I got some useful information from him regarding glazes.
Bill Kelly - - #12746
Really interesting course.
Facilities were ideal.
Staff at Potclays were friendly and helpful.
Richard Heeley was a great teacher offering lots of one to one help and advise.
I went away feeling really inspired.
I have no hesitation in recommending this course to those wanting to develop their throwing skills.
Paul Kirnig - - #12685
A very enjoyable 2 days with Jon French, whose relaxed style was very conducive to a great learning experience. There was a range of levels of skill on the course, from people who had been throwing for a while to people who were starting from scratch, and he ensured that everyone made progress.
The staff at Potclays were friendly and helpful (as they always are!) and the lunch was fine, providing for gluten-free, vegan etc as required.
A few months of steady practice and I'll be looking to book the Intermediate course.
Andy Tarpey - - #12629
A very enjoyable two-day course with the very knowledgable, easy-going and enthusiastic Jon French. A lot of myths busted re wheel-throwing. Jon adapted really brilliantly to the different skill levels and had time for everyone. Group size of ten fine for individual tuition. Good lunch bag and looked after well by Potclays staff. Thoroughly recommend it!
G.C. - - #12563
All thanks to pot clay. I enjoyed this workshop with Mr David Frith
i responded more by working and directing with the great artist David
I was hoping to compensate us for an extra day for not having the artist on the first day
Especially to me brought from a place away from Kuwait
jamila al salem. Kuwait
jamila al salem - - #11418
I attended this course on 13th and 14th March 2017 and found it extremely useful. Since 2014 I had done some throwing on my own wheel both self taught and some other with minimal tuition. Kevin's no nonsense approach was like a quantum leap and was invaluable. I came away with the beginnings of better throwing. I also attended Kevin's glazing course in November 2016 which was excellent.
It was also a great pleasure meeting Cait and Richard from Throwdown.
I now intend to enroll on one of his intermediate throwing courses as soon as I can find the time.
I would also like to give a huge "thank you" to the staff at Potclays for a very enjoyable course.
richard martin - - #8342
Extremely well run and thought out course. David Frith is an inspiring presence . I have been throwing off and on for thirty years and was still able to learn new techniques and improve my throwing. A generous mountain of clay to get through and good arrangements for completed work. Fascinating tour of the site; Potclays staff extremely helpful at all times. A great course.
Charles Brown - - #8329
The intermediate throwing course was challenging. By the end of the first day I felt as if I had taken a step backwards compared to the beginners course attended last October. Perhaps it was too early to attend the intermediate course. However, after a chat with Kevin and some personalised teaching and support, the second day was far more productive and successful. I progressed quickly in terms of developing better shaping of cylindrical forms and bowl shapes. Most importantly, I learnt why I had made mistakes and how to correct them.
Kevin is an outstanding teacher; intuitive and supportive.
Although I didn't quite finish making a teapot, one of the course objectives, the necessary skills were practised enough to give me the confidence to finish and make another one!
Maria Picken - - #8071
I thoroughly enjoyed the two days, and was suitably exhausted by the end of it. The venue and equipment was excellent - my only issue being that we could have had more batts to throw on. Perhaps some smaller ones would have been useful. The drying cabinet was most useful, enabling us to turn pots on day two, and also get them into a fit state to transport home.
The tuition from Kevin was enthusiastic and knowledgeable - there was ample opportunity to observe techniques and then practice them - and to ask questions as we went along. I felt that I was learning and developing throughout the course, and that it was a most profitable way to spend a couple of wet days in February. It has developed my own practice and has given me plenty of good tips to pass on to my own students. Thanks very much to Kevin, Potclays and my fellow students who were all great. I would definitely recommend this course to develop throwing skills and confidence :)
Laura Hughes - - #8069
I've been on a couple of courses (hand building and glazing) before at Potclays with Kevin and enjoyed them so much I booked the basic two day throwing course. I had thrown before but needed to brush on my basic skill and this was the perfect course to do this. Day one was spent giving the basics of clay bodies, balling up, getting the clay in the centre of the wheel and then concentrated on cylinders. Day two gave an overview of the previous day and moved on to concentrate on bowls. We also covered turning, pulled handles and plates on day two which was great. I can not recommend this course highly enough it was just brilliant. Kevin was more than happy to slow his demonstrations and repeat until each step could be mastered by everyone. The facilities were brilliant with plenty of space - and clay! - to keep busy for the full day. The staff at Potclays are just wonderful, nothing is ever too much trouble and you are made to feel very welcome on arrival and throughout the course. If you're new to throwing or just want to brush up your skills, then this is the perfect course for you!
Liz Wills - - #8041
I attended this course on 1/12/16. Kevin delivered a detailed and at times amusing course which I found extremely helpful. Not much time was left for inspection of my own examples of glazing disasters at the end but throughout the day Kevin had painstakingly and generously answered many questions from the attendees.
I am still trying to locate an authentic "pint weight" measure !
I hope to register for one or both Kevin's throwing courses next spring.
richard martin - - #6947
An informative and enjoyable course. Kevin is very good in explaining lucidly and interestingly complex technical processes to participants with different backgrounds (i.e. from novice to practitioners). His practical demonstrations and tips were really helpful, and he was very patient in answering the many questions.
ulrike sieglohr - - #6924
This is my third course at Potclays; my second with Kevin. I have been playing with clay now for a couple of years as an enthusiastic beginner. I have been struggling with glazing and ruining the items I've made by bad glaze choices, application and a general lack of understanding. I was in desperate need of a 'glazing for dummies' type course and this was it!! A brilliant introduction to glazes, which covered everything I have been doing wrong. I can't wait to get back to my garage and weigh my glaze and have another go, as I feel so much more confident I now know what I'm looking for in regards to consistency and application. Utterly brilliant, well worth the money, the five hour drive and overnight stay away from home. The potclays staff all round are just great - always helpful and personable. These are the only courses I feel I need now and I've already booked myself on the beginners two day throwing course next year :-).
Liz Wills - - #6869