What you will do
Five session course
This is a five week throwing course. The course is suitable for all levels and will comprise of five, consecutive, three hour sessions and will take place on Saturdays. Each person will have their own dedicated wheel for the entire length of the course. At the end of the course, you will have up to five items to take home.
All materials, firings and tuition are included in the price.
Week 1 - This session will involve intensive teaching. You will be taught, step by step, how to throw a pot on the wheel. The teacher will demonstrate how to prepare your clay for throwing. You will then be shown how to centre, open, and pull up the walls of the pot. There will be plenty of practice time.
Week 2 - This is a chance to build on what you learned in week one. You will be encouraged to produce more complex forms with the aid of shaping tools and also to throw taller forms.
Week 3 - In this session, you will turn (trim) your pots on the wheel, using a variety of tools. Turning is the process of removing excess clay to refine the shape of your pot. It is also the process by which you will make a foot ring. You will learn to make and attach handles to some of the items made on week two. This may be a mug or a jug.
Week 4 - You will decorate several of your pots with slips and underglaze. You may also wish to explore drawing and line making techniques such as Sgraffito or Mishima.
Week 5 - You will be introduced to glazing and will spend this last session glazing all your pots.
Select a class time
Sat 11 Jan, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 18 Jan, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 25 Jan, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 1 Feb, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 15 Feb, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 22 Feb, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 29 Feb, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 7 Mar, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 21 Mar, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 28 Mar, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 4 Apr, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 11 Apr, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 25 Apr, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 2 May, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 9 May, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 16 May, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 30 May, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 6 Jun, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 13 Jun, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat 20 Jun, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
You will only receive an email from us if new dates are added for this class, you will not receive any marketing emails, and that's a promise!
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, Sak Beh Pottery
Sak Beh Studio Pottery was founded by Tessa Robinson, who lives and works in London. Her idea was to create a comfortable, homey place to work and be creative. Situated in a very busy and central location, just off Stoke Newington High Street, the studio is a drop of calm in a very fast moving world.
Tessa trained in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture (modelling in clay). On completion of a three year Post Graduate Course at the Royal Academy of Arts, Tessa set up a studio in Hackney. The transition from sculptor to potter came many years later whilst doing doctoral research in Maya archaeology at UCL. Inspired by Maya ceramic art, and in particular the pots which combined sculpted and painted imagery, Tessa moved from research back to making. After attending courses in pottery and taking up a membership at a London pottery studio, she set up Sak Beh Pottery and is now a full-time potter and maker.
Tessa's works are informed by both her Fine Art training and her research into Ancient Maya ceramic art. The phrase 'Sak Beh' can be found on Ancient Maya monuments where it refers to the Milky Way as an ancestral path or road as well as the physical roads which connect people to places. In keeping with its namesake, Sak Beh Pottery is envisaged as a place for community interaction within the context of a creative journey.
Working with clay can be very messy so please consider this when deciding what to wear. Also please note that the process of throwing on the wheel with long fingernails is difficult and you may require assistance to open and pull up the walls of your pot.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.