Ceramics Throwing - Intermediate

This course is designed to give you the opportunity to spend an extended time each week working on your own throwing projects. The class is longer than the normal, giving you the time to practice and hone your throwing skills. You will be supported and guided by your tutor, who is an experienced and professional potter. You can work on your own ideas or be inspired by a variety of projects suggested by your tutor.

Course Content

This course offers you the opportunity to build on your previous throwing experience and work on self-initiated and directed work in a well equipped and creative environment.

Wednesday course aims:
• You will develop and consolidate your existing throwing skills.
• You can learn how to repeat throw and make sets of bowls or mugs.
• You will learn how to turn and decorative lid that fits a container.
• You will learn how to make oval shaped containers by cutting and reforming a bowl from the wheel head
• You will learn how to add coils to a small bowl making it into a larger bowl without centering a large amount of clay.
• You will expand on decorating techniques and experiment with different glazes.

Monday course aims:

On this course you will :
• prepare and reclaim your material
• throw a quantity of small bowls
• turn and make footrings
• throw cylinders that do not require turning
• develop your own style by altering basic forms
• glaze using oxides to enhance surface

At the beginning of the course you will identify your learning outcomes in conjunction with your tutor and receive support throughout the course to realise your aims. This course aims to develop and hone your throwing skills. You will be taught through practical demonstrations, by group and individual tutorials and by the opportunity to work on individual projects. This course gives you the opportunity to spend more time than usual classes allow, to work on improving your throwing technique.

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.

You will need some knowledge of ceramics and to be comfortable working on the potter's wheel.

First Class Requirements

An apron, towel and personal tool collection

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance will help you gain maximum benefit from the course.

Assessment Methods

Your progress will be assessed by question and answer as well as observation as you work on your projects or during class discussions and presentations.

Further Study Options

We have lots of other intermediate and advanced ceramics courses you might like to try.

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

Some tools can be borrowed from the tutor. However, during the course, you should build up your own collection of tools with advice from your tutor.

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.