What you will do
2.5 hour class
This is a pottery taster class with an emphasis on throwing.
The teacher will demonstrate how to wedge your clay in preparation for throwing on the potters wheel. After centring your clay on the wheel, you will open and pull up the walls of your pot. In addition to throwing on the wheel, you will also be introduced to handbuilding techniques (slab building, pinching and coiling).
At the end of the taster, you will have made a wonderful thrown pot or hand built creation. If you choose to keep your hand built creation, then this will be put on a shelf to dry. Alternatively, if you choose to keep your thrown pot, then this will be allowed to dry to the leather hard stage and then turned for you. Once completely dry, your work will be ready for it’s first bisque firing in the kiln. After the bisque fire, your pot will be glazed for you and once again put through the kiln, but this time for the final glaze firing.
Please note that this is a fast paced class as you get a taste of both throwing and hand building. Therefore part of the time you are on the wheel and the other in the hand building room. If you wish to spend more time at the wheel, then please book one of our dedicated three hour wheel throwing classes, or alternatively if you prefer to spend more time hand building then our relaxed, dedicated three hour hand building class would be perfect. The taster, as the title indicates, gives you a taste of the different pottery techniques and can be very useful in helping you decide which of the pottery making techniques you would like to pursue further.
Once the taster class is over, there is someone managing the pieces from the drying stage right through to the glazing and firing stage. So the actual class is a small part of a longer process. The firing of your pot, twice in the kiln, to temperatures in excess of 1000 centigrade means that the process of transforming your pot from unfired clay to a ceramic piece consumes a lot of energy. In other words, it carries a very high energy footprint. Because of the high energy footprint of the firing process and because clay is a non-renewable resource, we ask that class participants only put items through the kiln that they actually want to keep and which they will collect. Many of the pots remain uncollected! The price of the taster class includes one item, either a thrown or hand built pot/piece.
When your work is ready for collection, usually two or three weeks after the class, you will be able to take your pieces home!
Due to limited shelf and storage space, pots or work that remain uncollected one month after notification will (sadly) be disposed of.
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None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
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 it is worth bearing this in mind when deciding what to wear.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.