Six Week Pottery Course for Beginners. by Odile Cadiot - art in London
Six Week Pottery Course for Beginners. by Odile Cadiot - art in London

Six Week Pottery Course for Beginners.

by Odile Cadiot

3 reviews
3 reviews
Come and learn to create your own pottery

Pottery And Mosaics Class

Six session course

Beginner

Maida Vale W9

Six Week Pottery Course for Beginners.
by Odile Cadiot

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Classes

Six session course

Evening

This short course is the perfect introduction to ceramics with such in-depth teaching that even experienced potters will find great new tips! The best course to start on if you have just caught the pottery bug or are looking for a more comprehensive grounding in technique.

Each week your tutor will lead you through a new technique in a short project. The course is varied, so you'll cover all the basics and discover your favourite methods to develop. By the end of the course you will have mugs, plates, bowls and sculptures to take home. Read on for more details of the projects:

Week 1: Pinching. Pinching is a very therapeutic technique, lovely for creating hand-sized vessels (bowls, cups, individual teapots) and a superb base for sculpture. It's also the ideal starting point for new potters to get a feel for handling and sculpting clay.

Week 2: Coiling. Coiling is possibly the most flexible ceramic technique - you can craft any shape, size or texture once you know the basics. Traditional techniques can be quite time-consuming, but your tutor will let you into some professional secrets for quick and easy coiling.

Week 3: Moulding a plate. This week will introduce you to slabbing - rolling out and shaping sheets of clay. Your first project will be making a plate using a plaster mould. You'll also start trying some different decorating techniques with slips - coloured liquid clays.

Week 4: Slabbing a cylinder. This class will give you a chance to make a more complex form with slabs: a cylinder shape which can be adapted for mugs, vases, pencil pots or oil burners. Slabbing is particularly satisfying for beginners, who are often surprised at how perfect their finished pieces are.

Week 5: Throwing & glazing. Roll up your sleeves! This is the week we introduce you to throwing on the wheel. Messy and compulsive, you'll be given one on one tuition to get you started on one of the more skilled technique in ceramics. Half of the class will be spent on wheel work, the other half will introduce you to finishing your work with glazes.

Week 6: Turning & finishing. More wheel time this week with the little sister of throwing: turning. Once your wheel made pieces have dried stiff, they go back on the wheel for trimming, much like a lathe. A tremendously satisfying technique, especially for turning those first wobbly pots, and rather easier than the actual throwing. You'll also have a chance to finish off any other pieces this week.

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Christina
1 Nov
I was really happy to compete this course. Studio is brilliant, very bright and clean, very well equipped. They have any tool you could possibly need. I was very pleased with structured and detailed information Odile gave us. She introduced to the group basic technics of making pottery. Her guidance was very kind and cheerful. She is very experienced and knowledgeable potter. I've decided to continue with pottery making after this course.
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Dharpana
5 Dec
Odile is a wonderful, incredibly talented teacher and she makes you feel so at home as you're working your way through the skills of pottery. It's such an enjoyable experience. 10/10 would recommend

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Christina
1 Nov
I was really happy to compete this course. Studio is brilliant, very bright and clean, very well equipped. They have any tool you could possibly need. I was very pleased with structured and detailed information Odile gave us. She introduced to the group basic technics of making pottery. Her guidance was very kind and cheerful. She is very experienced and knowledgeable potter. I've decided to continue with pottery making after this course.
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Dharpana
5 Dec
Odile is a wonderful, incredibly talented teacher and she makes you feel so at home as you're working your way through the skills of pottery. It's such an enjoyable experience. 10/10 would recommend
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Laura
5 Dec
Odile’s pottery class was one of my favourite experiences this year. She was not only incredibly talented, but also approachable, attentive, kind and always willing to help! I can’t wait to go back to doing classes every Monday!

Class location

Maida Vale
18 Saltram Crescent
W9 3HW
London

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Six Week Pottery Course for Beginners. by Odile Cadiot - art in London

About your host, Odile Cadiot

Odile studied chemistry, but fell in love with pottery after trying some evening classes in Farnham. After learning to throw and run a studio by working with other artists, she decided to set up her own space in West London which she runs with her partner Kieran.

Their studio is in a beautiful old Victorian school building in Maida Vale which houses 150+ artists and creative makers. They've invented many of the tools, teaching aids and techniques they use at the studio and are constantly experimenting with new ideas and processes.

Odile works full time as a potter and pottery teacher. She also likes cooking and gardening because she can make the dishes...

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Notes

The course is held in a dedicated ceramics studio with professional facilities and materials. It's a lovely, open, comfortable space in both winter and summer, and we never over-crowd the studio as we want to make sure everyone has the space and teaching time to relax and get good results. You'll have everything you need waiting for you here, including refreshments, lockers for your possessions and room to change. It's best to wear clothes you don't mind getting clay on (it washes out without difficulty) and trimming your nails makes the projects easier. Please note that, as each student will be making different work, the cost of materials is not included in the course fee and will be charged separately. The cost of the work you produce over six weeks is likely to be around £30.

Age Requirement

16

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Six Week Pottery Course for Beginners.
by Odile Cadiot
Six session course