Try Your Hand at a Potter’s Wheel

Tutor: Claude Frere-Smith

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

Level:
Novice

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Full Day

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We’ve all seen skilled potters take a round, moist, lumpy clump of clay, lob it into the centre of their potters wheel and then use their hands and thumbs to form fabulous shapes. Demi Moore made it look easy and many of us have long harboured a desire to have a go too!

During this one day workshop you will share a potters wheel between two and alternate between throwing and decorating a range of pots. Claude will guide you through the basics and during the day, we hope your confidence and skills will develop as you create a collection of pots to be proud of.

Your work will stay with us to air dry and fire in the kiln. You will be able to collect your work a few weeks later or if necessary it can be shipped to you for a small extra charge.

The £15 materials charge includes firing for a certain weight of clay.  If you are particularly productive, this may need to be slightly increased.  Claude will be able to advice on the day.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

It's going to be a messy business, so please wear clothes you don't mind messing up.

We have aprons but if you have your own, bring it along.

Clay is very drying, so if you have sensitive skin, hand cream or barrier cream, could be useful.

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