Ceramics Throwing - Beginners/Post Beginners

This course aims to teach you how to make pots and vessels using the potter's wheel.

Course Content

• You will be taken step by step through the techniques of how to make simple bowls, mugs and jugs on the potter's wheel.
• You will also learn how to make and attach handles and how to decorate and glaze your pieces.
• You will be encouraged to keep a working journal of inspirational material, technical notes and sketches.
• You will be taught by a mixture of regular demonstrations and practical individual help and guidance.
• Throwing on the wheel is a skill which requires plenty of practice, but once mastered is extremely rewarding and satisfying.

Course Outcomes

• You will learn how to select and prepare clay for hand building or throwing
• You will learn how to construct forms using hand building or throwing techniques
• You will learn the skills to create at least one finished glazed piece of work
• You will keep a sketchbook, notebook or digital notes to record your work and to collect inspiration.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

It's suitable for you if you're a complete beginner or if you have a little experience.

First Class Requirements

An apron and sketch/note book and pencil.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is to your own benefit. If you know you can t attend in advance, please let your tutor know.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment, however you will receive regular feedback from your tutor and peers.

Further Study Options

You could progress to a more advanced throwing course or to a general handbuilding and throwing course.

Additional Information

We strongly recommend that learners wear non slip, closed footwear in the pottery area as there is often a lot of dust created and the floors may become slippery when wet if there are spillages.

You will be required to pay for materials that you use from the college and for your firing. Details will be given out at the first class and prices will be dependent on materials used and size of work. You may also bring in your own glass, clay or wax etc should you wish to, however there is no storage on site for materials unless they are purchased from the college.

If you require further course information or advice and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

If you would like general information about the college, for example, fees and finance, funding, term dates or opening times please email or drop in to our main reception area.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.