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.
Preparing clay for throwing (wedging), centering clay on the wheel, making cylindrical forms
Turning the pots from week one. Surface decoration techniques: applying slips, sgraffito, stencils, stamps
Glazing techniques: dipping, pouring and double glazing using earthenware glazes. Applying surface decoration using wax resists
Throwing bowls, making handles
Turning bowls from week 4, throwing conical shapes with a narrow neck
Glazing using high-temperature glazes (oxidation/reduction)
Throwing Belly forms with open and narrow rims
Work on your personal project
Turning all leather hard work from previous weeks. Applying surface decoration using spring moulds.
Glazing all work
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.
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