3&5 Day Throwing Courses: For Adults

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 some one-to-one tuition per day with one of our professional potters (as part of a small group with a maximum of 4 students).  Working in the historic Leach Pottery, within the environment of a professional pottery studio, museum and gallery offers a unique experience. 

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

Forthcoming course dates for 2017:

JUNE 2017

5th - 9th June (5 day)  FULLY BOOKED

12th - 14th June (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

26th - 30th June (5 days) FULLY BOOKED

JULY 2017

3rd - 7th July (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

10th - 12th July (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

17th - 21st July (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

31st July - 2nd August (3 day) FULLY BOOKED


7th - 11th August (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

21st - 25th August (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

28th - 30th August (3 day) FULLY BOOKED


11th - 15th September (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

18th-20th September (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

25th - 27th September (3 day) FULLY BOOKED


9th - 13th October (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

16th - 18th October (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

23rd to 25th October (3 day) FULLY BOOKED


6th - 10th November (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

20th - 22nd November (3 day) FULLY BOOKED


4th - 8th December (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

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



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Workshop summary:

  • Duration – 3 or 5 days (10am – 4pm daily)
  • Designed to improve your throwing skills, techniques and experience
  • Maximum of 4 students
  • Lots of time for one-to-one tuition sessions on a daily basis with the tutor
  • Held in Bernard Leach's personal studio
  • Clay supplied. This is our standard tableware body.
  • Participants can choose one piece that will be fired here in one of our reduction kilns (postage charge will apply).
  • Basic set of tools per student provided if required.
  • Cost: £300 (3 days) and £450 (5 days).