Potter’s Wheel Courses

Escape to the country and spend a relaxing day or weekend learning how to make pottery on the potter’s wheel.

Learn how to make a pot on the pottery wheel at Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter

Create and relax in rural tranquility. The Pottery is situated on the Eastnor Castle country estate, close to the Malvern Hills and amidst the idyllic Herefordshire countryside. The perfect environment to unwind, learn a new skill and discover hidden talents.

Perfect stress relieving activity. The therapeutic benefits of working with soft clay on the potter’s wheel are considerable. Participants often leave the studio on Sunday afternoon feeling totally de-stressed and with an overwhelming sense of well-being. “I feel like I’ve spent a weekend at a health farm!” commented a recent punter.

Everybody can do it. there are no mistakes in pottery, just happy accidents and learning experiences! The positive and inclusive nature of the instruction means everybody achieves amazing results.

Small friendly class sizes. We currently have eight electric potters wheels so purposely limit the group size to eight participants. This ensures plenty of individual attention and guidance from our team of potters.

Explore a wide range of making techniques focused on the potters wheel. These include throwing, turning, attaching handles & motifs and decorating using under-glaze and coloured slip.

Content

Day 1

The workshop starts at 10am where you’ll be individually assigned a potter’s wheel for the duration of the workshop. After tea/coffee, introductions and initial demonstration you will be taken as a group, step by step, through the pot throwing process. Once you have got the hang of things, you will be encouraged to develop at your own pace with individual tutoring as and when required. Around 1pm, a lunch consisting of rolls, cheese, ham, salad and fruit is served. In the afternoon there will be further demonstrations after which you will work larger lumps of clay, make bigger pots and explore different shapes and forms. At the end of the workshop you will select your favourite one or two pieces, depending on size to be fired and glazed. (Extra pots can be fired at cost – approx. £6 per item payable on the day) The session ends at 4pm.

If you are participating in the weekend workshop, the results of your labour from day one will be left to dry overnight.

Day 2

10am. Your pots from Saturday are now ‘leather-hard’ and ready to be turned. After further demonstrations you will learn how to throw foot-rings, add handles and other motifs. After lunch and once you have experimented with the techniques, you will select your favourite one or two pots, depending on size, and colour them using under-glazes and decorating slips. Extra pots can be fired at cost approx. £6 per item payable on the day. The weekend concludes at 4pm.

Your fabulous creations will be left with us to dry thoroughly before they go into the kiln. Once they have been fired and glazed, we‟ll carefully wrap and dispatch your finished pots to your home address. You will be delighted at the professional results when they arrive on your doorstep approximately one month later.

Cost: £130 a day & £240 weekend.

Dates for 2017/18 – Day

Thurs 17 Aug

Fri 8 Sept

Sat 16 Sept

Sat 7 Oct

Sat 4 Nov Fully booked

Fri 10 Nov

Sat 2 Dec

Sat 13 Jan 2018

Sat 3 Feb

Sat 21 Apr

Sat 2 Jun

Sat 8 Sept

Sat 10 Nov

Other dates available in the week for x2 or more participants

Dates for 2017/18 – Weekend

9 & 10 Sept

30 Sept & 1 Oct

28 & 29 Oct

25 & 26 Nov

9 & 10 Dec

6 & 7 Jan 2018

3 & 4 Mar

19 & 20 May

7 & 8 July

11 & 12 Aug

6 & 7 Oct

1 & 2 Dec

Other dates available in the week for x2 or more participants

How to book

Simply contact the Pottery to check availability and make a provisional booking. We are open 10am – 4pm Tuesday – Saturday.

examples of potter’s wheel workshops

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