Specialist Skills Course: Production Pottery - Throwing With Efficiency & Skill

When: 15-19 July 2019
Where: Bernard Leach’s Studio
Places: 4
Duration: 5 days (10am – 4pm daily)
Tutor: Matthew Foster
Equipment & Materials: provided
This Course Will: make your throwing more consistent and efficient
You Will Leave With: five pots that will be glazed, fired at the Leach Pottery, and sent to you*
Level: intermediate - to do this course, you will need to be able to centre well, produce cylinders, and be able to achieve the forms that you aim for
Cost: £550.

Matthew Foster, a graduate Leach Pottery Apprentice and now our Studio Production Manager, will lead this course that focusses on production pottery and throwing repeat forms to a consistently good standard.

You will be encouraged to develop your throwing skills by focussing on efficiency and speed in production pottery, while gaining an insight into the Leach Studio style of production throwing. You will:

  • focus on repeating the same form to achieve consistency

  • learn techniques to increase speed and efficiency

  • explore the balance of form and function

  • learn about weight and measurements in relation to size

  • undertake exercises that encourage minimal steps in throwing and tool use.

At the beginning of this course, there will be a short introduction to production pottery, the tools that are most effective, workspace set-up, and clay preparation.

The tutor will then explore the learning points through a series of demonstrations followed by individual practice underpinned by guidance and support. The tutor will encourage the consideration of each stage of making, filtering out unnecessary use of tools and movements with an aim to achieve a deliberate and direct approach towards making and an improvement in production, quality, and consistency.

By the end of this course, you will have practiced repeating the same forms to specific measurements, have a sound understanding of the most effective methods for repeat production throwing, and improved your skills.

*if the address that you would like your work posting to is non-UK, extra postage may apply.

Matthew Foster, Leach Pottery Studio Production Manager, Turning A Plate

Matthew Foster, Leach Pottery Studio Production Manager, Turning A Plate

Please contact office@leachpottery.com if you’ve any specific questions or requirements.