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Pottery/Throwing Taster Class

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by Sak Beh Pottery

13 reviews
13 reviews
Learn to throw on the wheel and construct forms from clay

Pottery And Mosaics Class

2.5 hour class

Beginner

Hackney N16

Pottery/Throwing Taster Class
by Sak Beh Pottery
Pottery/Throwing Taster Class by Sak Beh Pottery - art in London
2.5 hour class
£35 per person

Overview

2.5 hour class

Evening

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!

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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Sat 16 Nov 2019, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
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Reviews (13)
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Hannah
19 May
Had a good time but felt quite rucmshed doing both throwing and hand building in the short time. Would have preferred to work for the whole time on just one of the activities and really get a feel for it. Also collection times for picking up work are not particularly flexible and difficult for someone working full time in another area.
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Valentina
4 Apr
I had an amazing and very special experience at the taster class in this studio. Tessa is a very generous and kind person, organised and clear on her instructions. I was able to make my first pot with a lid and some really unique details. I then spent the rest of the workshop painting a beautiful bowl that she had prepared for all students. I will certainly go back regularly and sign up to the full course. I highly recommend this place/

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Hannah
19 May
Had a good time but felt quite rucmshed doing both throwing and hand building in the short time. Would have preferred to work for the whole time on just one of the activities and really get a feel for it. Also collection times for picking up work are not particularly flexible and difficult for someone working full time in another area.
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Valentina
4 Apr
I had an amazing and very special experience at the taster class in this studio. Tessa is a very generous and kind person, organised and clear on her instructions. I was able to make my first pot with a lid and some really unique details. I then spent the rest of the workshop painting a beautiful bowl that she had prepared for all students. I will certainly go back regularly and sign up to the full course. I highly recommend this place/
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Emily
19 May
Such good value for money and a seriously enjoyable class with really nice teachers!
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Nicholas
25 May
Great space and teachers. It'd be nice to have more time to make mistakes and learn on the wheel and with hand crafting, but as an introductory taster it was perfect. A bit crowded, and a bit of a scramble during the clean up, but still really worthwhile. Left me wanting to do more more more! Can't wait to pick up our finished pieces :-D i'd do another here for sure
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Neeraj
11 Jun
Really well taught session and good amount of time on both the throwing and hand moulding. Could easily have spent another hour there!
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Fangyi
23 Jun
Really enjoyable course in a beautiful studio. Very good introduction for beginners as you get to do both the throwing and the pinch pot, and you get something to take away at the end. Well supported and would recommend!
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Sajni
23 Jun
Had a really great class - small size and very friendly teachers. Lovely studio!
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Anna
23 Jun
Really great pottery class especially for the price! Beautiful little studio as well.
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Amy
25 Jun
I bought this as a gift for my friend and she loved it! She thought the space was really inviting, the teacher engaging and informative. She liked the balance of pinching and throwing techniques. She could've said all of this purely to make me think she enjoyed her gift, but she's not one for lying and kept me updated with pictures.
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Inole
29 Jun
Great friendly class, lovely environment. Would’ve preferred to spend more time on the wheel as we were rushed and had to clean afterwards. Otherwise lovely set up.
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Laura
2 Jul
Thoroughly enjoyable taster class. As someone who is a complete novice at pottery throwing I’m now really keen to develop the skill.
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Anne
3 Jul
Amazing course and well worth it even if you have no artistic bone in your body. Our teacher was patient, passionate and gave very comprehensive instructions and demonstrations. We were shown the entire process from preparing the clay to throwing a useful mug/vase/bowl (or two!) and it was so much fun and super rewarding to learn a new skill. Highly recommend!
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Alex
8 Jul
Fantastic afternoon doing something completely different. Teachers were great and we achieved a lot in the time available Thank you

Class location

Hackney
3 Garnham Street
Stoke Newington
N16 7JA
London

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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.

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Notes

Working with clay can be very messy, so it is worth bearing this in mind when deciding what to wear.

Age Requirement

18

Flexible cancellation policy

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

Pottery/Throwing Taster Class
by Sak Beh Pottery
Pottery/Throwing Taster Class by Sak Beh Pottery - art in London
2.5 hour class
£35 per person
2.5 hour class
from £35 per person