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Potters Wheel Experience Staffordshire

Stoke on Trent   

• A one-to-one pottery workshop in Staffordshire
• Spend a day learning to throw clay
• Create up to 6 pieces on the potter's wheel
• Your pieces will be kiln fired so you can use them!
One Day Beginners Throwing Course for One



What's Included

• One day beginners throwing course
• Create a selection of products from bowls to jugs, depending on your progress throughout the day
• Expert 1:1 tuition from a trained potter and teacher
• Choose up to 6 pieces of your work to be fired
• Firing your creation is included in the cost
• Maximium of two participants for focused tuition
• Refreshments are provided throughout the day

Topics Covered
• Clay preparation
• Centring the clay
• Throwing cylinders with the aim of producing forms of even thickness
• Developing basic forms
• Wiring pots off the wheel

What Can I Expect

Learn to throw clay on this potter's wheel experience! Taught on a one-to-one basis, these courses show you all the basics of using a potter's wheel. By the end of the day, you should be throwing with consistency and pulling walls to create your very own pottery pieces.

Ceramic design and painting duo Mathew and Rachel are both born and bred in Staffordshire, part of the Potteries area famous worldwide for fine ceramics. As well as being an accomplished potter, Mathew is also a teacher, so you'll find he's methodical in his teaching and super patient too - just what's needed when you're negotiating a lump of clay and a spinning wheel for the first time.

Mathew hosts these full day courses from his home workshop on the doorstep of Trentham Gardens, the oasis of green and calm in Stafford. There's even a couple of comfortable chain hotels within walking distance of his artist's studios, making this Staffordshire pottery easily 'do-able' even if you're not in the Staffordshire or Midlands areas.

These courses start at the very beginning of pottery making. As you carefully prep your clay (it has to be just the right consistency for turning) Mathew will be talking you through all the processes. He'll tell you that the single most important moment is when you centre your clay on the moving wheel. Get this right and you're well on your way.

After that, it's all about the potter's wheel turning at the right speed to be able to shape your clay. That first hand gesture to make the clay move is certainly tricky. Before you know it, you'll be faced with either a wobbly blob or a cylinder with smooth sides to be proud of. /Practice, practice and more practice is what's needed to succeed in pottery. Once you're satisfied with the shape you've turned, you will be shown how to (carefully!) use the wire to slice and move your piece off the wheel, ready for drying.

By the end of this potter's wheel experience you should have around half a dozen pieces that will be fired in the kiln for you. So not only will these hand-turned pottery pieces such as bowls and vases be a thing of beauty, you'll be able to use them too!


• Selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year
• Courses start at 10::00 finishing around 16:00
• Break for lunch (not included) Please bring a packed lunch


• Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire

Suitable For

• Minimum age 16
• Under 18s must be accompanied by a spectating adult


• If booking a voucher for one, bring a friend to observe
• Want to share the experience? Voucher can be used for a half day for two people, with a choice of 10:00-13:00 or 13:00-16:00. Choose 3 of your creations each to be fired!

Anything Else

• Fired pieces can take 2-4 weeks to be ready for collection/delivery
• Delivery of pieces is available via courier for an additional charge of approximately £15
Delivery TypeDelivery TimePrice
Standard DeliveryEstimated 2-3 days - Most delivered next working day*£1.95
Weekly Special DeliveryGuaranteed next working day£7.50
Saturday Special DeliverySaturdays Only£11.70
European Delivery3 - 5 working days£4.50
Rest of World Delivery5 - 7 working days£6.50

All orders places before 4pm will be dispatched the same working day

* 93% delivered next working day

All orders are sent in plain packaging so as not to ruin the surprise.

standard gift pack
Premium Gift Pack

Premium Gift Pack includes a brushed metal steel tin which will hold your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Premium Choice.

(incurs a £4.99 shipping charge)

standard gift pack
Standard Gift Pack

Standard Gift Pack Comes with a Smart envelope,your personalised gift voucher and a Company booklet. The Personal Choice.

(incurs a £1.95 shipping charge)

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The Into the Blue E-Voucher is an instant email option,it consists of a personalised email and a pdf download of your personalised gift voucher.The Instant Choice


Vouchers are usually valid for 23 months from the date of purchase (unless otherwise stated) and shall become invalid on the expiry date. The expiry date is set out on the Voucher. Vouchers may be extended for a further 23 months on payment of an admin fee of £10 plus any increase that may have taken place for that activity since the original date of purchase. Please note that some Vouchers cannot be extended; this will be stated on the Voucher. PLEASE NOTE: You must book and take your experience before the before the expiry date of the voucher.
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Potters Wheel Experience Staffordshire
One Day Beginners Throwing Course for One
Total Price£185.00
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