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. 

We are currently working on the schedule for our spring/summer courses and as soon as this is ready we will post the dates on the website. Bookings will be made on a first come, first served basis so please keep checking the website for availability. Unfortunately we are unable to keep a waiting list.

Please note: it is not possible to run bespoke courses for individuals on other dates.


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 and will be working in Bernard Leach’s own original studio space. 

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

Forthcoming course dates for 2015-16:


Jan 2016

11th - 15th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

25th - 27th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


8th - 12th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

17th - 19th (3 days BEGINNERS ONLY) FULLY BOOKED

22nd - 24th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


7th - 11th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

21st - 23rd (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


11th - 15th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

25th - 27th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


throwing: Taster Sessions

Half-day introductory taster courses throwing on the potter's wheel in the Clore Learning Studio at Beagle Cross (the Leach Pottery, St Ives). 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.

  • Wednesday 20th January - FULLY BOOKED

  • Monday 15th February - FULLY BOOKED

  • Wednesday 16th March - FULLY BOOKED


  • Each session limited to 2 places maximum
  • Cost: £50 including tuition, materials, aprons and tools
  • Half day 10am – 1pm
  • 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 £400 (5 days).