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Pot Throwing for Beginners — Overview

On this pottery throwing course you will learn the basic skills and techniques of making pots on the potter’s wheel. Alongside clay preparation, throwing basic forms and turning, you will explore a range of surface decoration techniques, including decorating with slips and underglazes. Furthermore, you will explore a variety of glazing methods using low and high-temperature glazes.

Course Content

Week 1
Preparing clay for throwing (wedging), centering clay on the wheel, making cylindrical forms

Week 2
Turning the pots from week one. Surface decoration techniques: applying slips, sgraffito, stencils, stamps

Week 3
Glazing techniques: dipping, pouring and double glazing using earthenware glazes. Applying surface decoration using wax resists

Week 4
Throwing bowls, making handles

Week 5
Turning bowls from week 4, throwing conical shapes with a narrow neck

Week 6
Glazing using high temperature glazes (oxidation/reduction)

Week 7
Throwing Belly forms with open and narrow rims

Week 8
Work on your personal project

Week 9
Turning all leather hard work from previous weeks. Applying surface decoration using spring moulds.

Week 10
Glazing all work

Entry Requirements

Materials and Equipment
Demonstration or materials for experimentation will be provided free of charge but you may be required to purchase your own materials in order to complete your personal creative projects. Please wear old clothes/an overall and strong, flat, closed-toe footwear.

Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Plymouth College of Art has temporarily closed its buildings until further notice to protect the health and safety of staff, students and visitors. For more information please click here.

Pot Throwing for Beginners — Modules

Pot Throwing for Beginners — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

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Pot Throwing for Beginners — Interview

Course Code: 1314
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