Ceramics classes at Jo Davies Ceramics in East London

For beginner potters through to emerging ceramicists, Jo Davies is an experienced tutor in ceramics and offers tuition in her studio for wheel-throwing.  She is considered an expert in her field and, since graduating from her Ceramics degree in 2002, she has taught a wide range of students - from school groups to university lecturing.  With a Masters in ceramics from the Royal College of Art and fifteen years of professional practice in ceramics, her advice is sought by people looking to begin their interest in wheel-throwing clay and by those who want to take their knowledge further.

Beginners’ pottery throwing classes are taught with the help of Jo Davies’ experienced tutors who teach using Jo’s methods and philosophy. Masterclasses and advanced throwing classes are taught exclusively by Jo.

Small-group wheel-throwing classes and courses

Pottery classes at the Jo Davies Studio are some of the smallest wheel-throwing classes available with a maximum ratio of 4 students to 1 tutor. The small class size will allow you to progress more quickly, allowing your tutor to help you quickly and encourage good technique. Jo has designed her classes this way because of so many of her past students’ frustrating experiences waiting for help at other, larger group workshops. Whether you’re a complete pottery beginner or developing your wheel-throwing technique, a smaller group means less waiting for tutor attention and more time throwing on the wheel, and that can only be a good thing.

What’s included:

Classes include all teaching, materials and kiln firings, including glazing and finishing items for students, if you wish to glaze the items yourself elsewhere then this can be discussed. All items should be picked up at a later date and within 6 months of the class. The price reflects the quality of teaching and personal guidance you will receive which, due to the small class size, offers far better value than most overfilled classes.

How to book:

Get in touch with us at the studio to check availability for a particular date and time using the form at the bottom of the page, or you can book your ceramic class through our webshop and we’ll be in touch to confirm available dates within 48h.

If you have a last-minute request then it may be possible to accommodate you, just ask! studio@jo-davies.com or 07813 965 667


Private Wheel-Throwing Taster Classes (Level: Beginner)

2-hour class, 1-4 people, East London

These classes are great taster sessions or one-off pottery experiences for up to four people at a time that is convenient for you. Available to book on Saturdays or weekdays, subject to availability.

This Beginners' wheel-throwing class will start with learning to wedge clay, centring on the wheel and making a simple cylinder vessel - the starting point of all functional shapes on the pottery-wheel and move on to more advanced shapes depending on the progress of each student.  These classes are taught with the help of Jo’s assistant tutors.

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Sunday School: Regular Wheel-Throwing Taster Class (Level: Beginner)

2 hours, 4 spaces, Sundays, East London

A small-group taster session with 4 spaces to book in as an individual - £50 per person per class with a minimum of 2 people and maximum of 4 people per class. The class runs on set Sundays, please contact the studio for current availability.

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Bespoke Wheel-Throwing Pottery Course (Level: any)

Between 2 and 4 x 2-hour workshops, 1-4 people, East London

Design your own short ceramics course of 2-hour classes at times that are convenient to you on Saturdays or weekdays, subject to availability. Whether you’re a complete beginner or further along with your wheel-throwing and looking for more practice, we can design classes around your needs.

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Wheel-Throwing Course - 4 Weeks (Level - beginner+)

4 x 2-hour sessions, 4 spaces, Monday evenings 7-9pm, East London

Starts: Monday 15 July 2019

This is a pure wheel-throwing course that will take you through some of the basics of the process using stoneware clay. The course has been designed to give you an overview of wheel-throwing in a supported way. Most ceramics courses in London are generalist and give students very limited time on the wheel with large class sizes so this is a unique opportunity to do a class focusing on this one, fascinating area of ceramics with a small class size and in a professional ceramics studio . Each person will have use of their own wheel throughout the class.

Please note that the course will be taught by one of the Jo Davies Tutors, if you would like a class with Jo Davies please book a Masterclass (see below).

See further information and book a 4-week course place


Wheel-Throwing Course - 8 Weeks (Level - beginner+)

8 x 2-hour sessions, 4 spaces, Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, East London

Starts: Tuesday 3 September 2019

This is a pure wheel-throwing course that will take you through the fundamentals of the process using stoneware clay. The course has been designed to give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in a supported way. There are very few pure wheel-throwing classes of this length in London, most ceramics courses are generalist and give students very limited time on the wheel. You may have done a taster course and feel that you would like to know more, or you may have done a certain amount of throwing but feel that you have plateaued. Either way, over 16 hours at the potter’s wheel, with one tutor to a maximum of 4 students, this course will give you the skills foundation for personal development once the course is completed.

Please note that the course will be taught by one of the Jo Davies Tutors, if you would like a class with Jo Davies please book a Masterclass (see below).

See further information and book an 8-week course place


Throw and Throw (Level - intermediate)

4 x 2.5-hour sessions, 4 spaces, Monday evenings 6.30-9pm, East London

Starts: Monday 9 September 2019 - sold out, more dates coming soon

Practice your throwing for 2.5 hours and then throw what you've made back on the reclaim! (ok, we might let you keep the best one). Working independently with guidance from a tutor, you will practice throwing just one shape each week - making as many as you can, with a minimal number of variables, you will quickly increase your technique without the pressure of finishing objects to keep. Offered in response to all the students Jo has heard say they just want time and space to practice on the wheel - here’s your chance…

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Masterclasses in Wheel-Throwing with Jo Davies (Level: Intermediate and above)

2-hour class, 1-2 people, intermediate and advanced workshop, East London

These bespoke ceramics classes are designed for people who have some experience of wheel-throwing and wish to improve or tackle particular recurring issues in their throwing such as problems with consistency in centring, pulling up, gaining more height in their pots or generally throwing at a larger scale.

We will discuss your learning requirements by email or over the phone ahead of the class to maximise your time with Jo. A single or short series of lessons may be preferred. Days and times are arranged flexibly, usually Thursdays, Fridays and with some evening availability.

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All classes take place at the Jo Davies Studio at The Chocolate Factory, Farleigh Place, London, N16 7SX

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