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.

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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
  • Basic set of tools per student provided if required
  • Cost: £300 (3 days) and £450 (5 days)




We're now taking bookings for 2018


12-16 February (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

MARCH 2018  

5-7 March (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

12-14 March (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

19-23 March (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

APRIL 2018

2-6 April (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

9-13 April (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

16-18 April (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

MAY 2018

7-9 May (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

14-18 May (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

28-30 May (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

JUNE 2018

4-6 June (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

11-13 June (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

25-29 June (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

JULY 2018

2-6 July (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

9-11 July (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

16-20 July (5 day) FULLY BOOKED


30 July – 1 August (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

6-10 August (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

20-24 August (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

27-29 August (3 day) FULLY BOOKED


10-14 September (5 day) FULLY BOOKED

17-19 September (3 day) FULLY BOOKED

24-26 September (3 day) FULLY BOOKED


8-12 October (5 day) 1 PLACE AVAILABLE

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5-9 November (5 day) PLACES AVAILABLE

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