Short Courses - Outline

Whether you are professional potter, student, a keen amateur or a complete beginner, an intensive few days working in the environment of Bernard Leach's own studio within the historic Leach Pottery is a unique and rarefied experience. This is an opportunity to brush up on techniques, explore new approaches, or just have dedicated time and space to develop your own practice. 

Beginner / Intermediate Throwing Course

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  

Forthcoming course dates FOR 2015:


9th – 13th (5 days) ONE PLACE AVAILABLE

23rd – 25th (3 days)  ONE PLACE AVAILABLE


13th – 16th (5 days)  FULLY BOOKED

27th – 29th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


11th – 15th (5 days)   FULLY BOOKED

18th – 20th (3 days)  ONE PLACE AVAILABLE


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29th - 1st July (3 days) BOOK NOW


13th - 17th (5 days) BOOK NOW

27th - 29th (3 days) BOOK NOW


10th - 14th (5 days) BOOK NOW

24th - 26th (3 days) BOOK NOW


7th - 11th (5 days) BOOK NOW

21st - 23rd (3 days) BOOK NOW


12th - 16th (5 days) BOOK NOW

26th - 28th (3 days) BOOK NOW




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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).