Free Style Practice Session Throwing On The Wheel


Once you have learnt how to throw on the wheel, practice will be essential for your development. These sessions allow for just that, giving you the opportunity to practice and hone your throwing and trimming skills, at your own pace

Practice sessions are available to secondary and adult students who have completed a 6 week course at Wanstead Pottery, or to proficient potters who would simply like the opportunity to practice on the wheel. Please note, these sessions are NOT suitable for beginners as they are untaught, although I will be on hand to give advice, if required. Each session can accommodate three potters

There are three distinct stages involved in throwing a pot and seeing it through to its completion. Therefore, a minimum of 3 sessions would generally be necessary if you choose to complete your work: The first practice session will be to throw your pots. The second session will be to trim them. And the final session will be to glaze them

You will be provided with 3 kilos of clay at the start of your session which is included in the price and, at the end of your session, you can decide what you wish to fire. Additional clay can be provided and will be charged at £4 per kilo to be fired (as an example, an average sized mug might cost approximately £1)

You are not required to trim and glaze your work. If you plan to book one session only to simply practice throwing, that is absolutely fine. Please note however that if you do intend to trim your pots then your second practice session should be booked, ideally, within two weeks of the first. This is because your work cannot be stored indefinitely for you in a leather-hard state

There will be no charge for the glazing session. The cost of firing and glazing the work produced during the practice sessions is included in the price but, the glazing sessions will also need to be booked. These are available on Sundays. You will have access to the select range of studio dipping glazes for all work glazed during the practice sessions

All pots created during these sessions must be made using the studio clay provided. Only pots produced in the studio may be fired in the studio

Practice throwing sessions at Wanstead Pottery do not facilitate production potters. Please also be aware that due to size restrictions of the kiln, there will be a limit to the size of the pieces that can be fired

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions on the bookings page for information relating to the cancellation policy