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 2015-16:


8th - 12th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

15th - 17th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED

22nd - 24th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED


5th - 9th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

12th - 14th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED

19th - 21st (3 days) PLACES AVAILABLE

26th - 28th (3 days) PLACES AVAILABLE


3rd - 7th (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

17th - 19th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED

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) FULLY BOOKED

12th - 14th (3 days) FULLY BOOKED




throwing: Taster Sessions

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 5th September - FULLY BOOKED

  • Monday 7th November - FULLY BOOKED


  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials, aprons and tools
  • Half day 10am – 12noon
  • 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).