What you will do
Five session course
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: Handbuilding We’ll start our course with the simplest techniques, using your hands for building and sculpting. You’ll begin with pinch pots, which are little hand sized objects, and move on to coiling: blending together sausages of clay in layers to build yourself a bowl.
Week 2: 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) and have a go at glazing some pots from the first week..
Week 3: 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 4: 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 some more glazing techniques
Week 5: Turning & finishing. This week, you’ll be revisiting the work you threw in week 4: your pots will now be dried to a firmer texture and can be returned to the wheel for more trimming and finishing (a little similar to using a lathe). It’s 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.
Select a class time
Tue 21 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue 28 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue 4 Feb, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Tue 11 Feb, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed 22 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed 29 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed 5 Feb, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed 12 Feb, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu 23 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu 30 Jan, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu 6 Feb, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thu 13 Feb, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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!
Did you know?
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
About your host, Odile Cadiot Ceramics
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.
Odile now works full time as a potter and pottery teacher. She's invented many of the tools, teaching aids and techniques they use at the studio and is constantly experimenting with new ideas and processes. . She also likes cooking and gardening because she can make the dishes...
Their studio is in a beautifully light and spacious little building, aptly named the Pottery Lane Art Centre, or PLACE, which works with the primary school next door to boost access to arts education and facilities. The centre also works to promote local artists with residencies, art markets and a shop on site selling only handmade and original art & crafts.
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 £20-30.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.