Throwing Courses: Adult

Whether you are a student potter, a keen amateur, an improver or a complete beginner, a throwing course at the historic Leach Pottery is a unique and rarefied experience. Learn techniques, explore new approaches, or just have dedicated time and space to develop your own practice.

Beginner / Intermediate Throwing Courses

We offer a 3 or 5 day practice-based throwing course aimed at beginners who would like to learn basic throwing skills and for those who have some experience of throwing, and would like to further develop their skills. This is an opportunity to learn new skills and brush up on essential techniques.

The course will cover: Clay preparation – wedging techniques, centering clay on the wheel, throwing basic cylinders then moving on to different forms – Jugs, vases, plates, bowls etc. Practicing your preferred form, throwing to specific measurements and repeat throwing. Turning and finishing, pulling and attaching handles and decorating techniques.

The workshop includes an introductory assessment of needs, plus one-to-one tuition per day with one of our professional potters.  Working in the historic Leach Pottery, within the environment of a professional pottery studio, museum and gallery offers a unique experience. You will have exclusive use of a wheel for the week.

For more details or to discuss your specific needs please email Margaret Parma at Or RESERVE ONLINE now.

Forthcoming course dates for 2016-17:


17th - 19th (3 days) ONE PLACE AVAILABLE

24th - 26th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


7th - 11th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

14th - 16th (3 days) PLACES AVAILABLE

21st - 23rd (3 days) PLACES AVAILABLE


5th - 9th (5 days) ONE PLACE AVAILABLE

12th - 14th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


9th - 11th January (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

23rd - 27th January (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE


6th - 8th February (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

13th - 17th February (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

MARCH 2017

6th - 8th March (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

13th - 15th March (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

20th - 24th March (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

APRIL 2017

3rd - 7th April (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

10th - 14th April (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

17th - 19th April (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

MAY 2017

8th - 10th May (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

15th - 19th May (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

29th - 31st May (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

JUNE 2017

5th - 9th June (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

12th - 14th June (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

26th - 30th June (5 days) PLACES AVAILABLE

JULY 2017

3rd - 7th July (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

10th - 12th July (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

17th - 21st July (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

31st July - 2nd August (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE


7th - 11th August (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

21st - 25th August (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

28th - 30th August (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE


11th - 15th September (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

18th-21st September (3 day) PLACESAVAILABLE

25th - 27th September (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE


9th - 13th October (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

16th - 18th October (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

23rd to 25th October (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE


6th - 10th November (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

20th - 22nd November (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE


4th - 8th December (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

11th - 13th December (3 day) PLACES AVAILABLE




throwing: Taster Sessions 2017

Half-day introductory taster courses throwing on the potter's wheel. These courses offer an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop includes one-to-one tuition with one of our professional potters.

  • Monday 30th January - PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Monday 27th March - PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Monday 22nd May - PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Monday 24th July - PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Monday 4th September - PLACES AVAILABLE

  • Monday 13th November - PLACES AVAILABLE


  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials, aprons and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

For further details email


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Workshop summary:

  • Duration – 3 or 5 days (10am – 4pm daily)
  • Designed to improve your throwing skills, techniques and experience
  • One-to-one tuition sessions on a daily basis
  • Clay supplied. This is our standard tableware body.
  • Participants can choose one piece that will be fired here (postage charge will apply).
  • Basic tools available if required.
  • Cost: £300 (3 days) and £450 (5 days).