Ceramics Throwing Week - Beginners - Summer School

This is a fun practical beginners course, which aims to give you an understanding of throwing on the wheel.

You will have five days working on the wheel to make a set of mugs and/or bowls. This concentrated amount of time gives you the chance to really practice and master this rewarding technique. You will be taught by a professional thrower, who has over 10 years teaching experience. The course includes an evening glazing session later in the term to allow students to return and glaze their work from the summer.

Course Content

Your course is a practical introduction to throwing on the wheel. You will cover the basic techniques will include:

Preparing the clay
Throwing on the wheel
Making handles and footrings

Your course will be structured around a set project (as explained above), which will guide you step by step through the throwing process.

You will be taught through demonstration, group and individual instruction and you will learn from hands on experience, with close guidance by your tutor.

Basic clay is included in the cost of this beginners course. However, if you require over what is provided, you will need to purchase clay from our tech office during your course.

In keeping with professional working practice, the last 15 minutes of each session will be used to clean up your work space.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

Open to all. No previous knowledge required. Some clay experience is useful but not essential.

First Class Requirements

Apron, towel, notebook and any ceramics tools you have already.

Attendance Requirements

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

Assessment Methods

Assessment will be informal and on-going throughout the week. Your progress will discussed with your tutor on a regular basis individually and in a group at the start of each day

Further Study Options

You can enrol directly online or in person at reception. Please enrol early for courses to avoid disappointment.

Additional Information

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.

Learners will have the additional cost of clay that they wish to use on the course (the cost of firing and glazing of work is included in the cost of the clay).

Learners cannot bring their own clay to use on this course and must use the clay supplied by the college.

We are able to sell you a basic tool set and if required your tutor can recommend any alternatives.

All learners will receive a health and safety induction in alignment with their course. Learners are required to bring a plastic wipeable apron, please wear closed toe shoes and dress appropriately.

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.