Tuition at the Jo Davies Studio in East London
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 undergraduate lecturing. She has a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art and fifteen years of professional practice in ceramics so her advice is sought after by people both looking to begin their interest in wheel-throwing clay and by those who want to take their knowledge further. Scroll down for information about group classes and private lessons.
Wheel-Throwing Workshops at the Jo Davies Studio
The classes at the studio are for a maximum 4 people, they are designed to give you insights into the complexities of working with this process, with some focusing on porcelain - renowned for its tricky nature, beauty and history. However, beginners' classes are also available and these will use a more forgiving stoneware clay. Beginners' classes can be booked flexibly and are taught with the help of Jo Davies' Assistant Tutors. All Master Classes are taught by Jo Davies.
2 Hour Wheel-Throwing Classes for 1 to 4 People (Level: Beginner)
These lessons are 2 hours long, designed for beginners and can be treated as taster sessions or one-off experiences for up to four people per session.
Block bookings of several classes are welcome.
Beginners' lessons 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. If you choose to take further lessons they will progress to other forms, such as cups, bowls, plates and will teach you to turn the bases to finish your items.
Classes include all teaching, materials and kiln firings with items being glazed and finished 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 size of the class, quality of teaching and personal guidance you will receive which, dues to the small class sizes, is better than many overfilled classes. The small class size will allow you to progress more quickly, allowing your tutor to correct mistakes quickly and encourage good technique.
One to One Class: £120
Class for two: £140
Class for three: £160
Class for four: £180
Classes on Saturday are available to be booked every week at the following times: 9:30-11:30am / 12:30-2:30pm / 3-5pm
Places are available for Sunday School classes on 24 March, 5 May, 26 May at 1-3pm. The Sunday School is a group class that can be booked by individuals wishing to do a taster session - £70 per person per class with a minimum of 2 people per class and maximum of 4 people per class.
Weekday classes for private sessions are available at flexible times, including some evenings, but all are subject to availability.
Booking Process: 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.
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Make an Enquiry via the form below or buy a class via the webshop
Master-Classes in wheel-throwing with Jo Davies (Level: Intermediate and above)
2 Hour classes for 1 to 4 People
These lessons are designed for people who have had some experience of wheel-throwing and wish to improve or tackle particular recurring issues in their throwing such as problems with consistency in centering, pulling up, gaining more height in their pots or generally throwing at a larger scale. Days and times are arranged flexibly but will generally take place on Thursdays and Fridays with some evenings being available.
Intermediate and Advanced students will be asked for their learning requirements by email or over the phone ahead of the class in order to maximise the time with Jo. A single, or series, of lessons may be preferred.
Classes include all teaching, materials and kiln firings with items being glazed and finished for students, if you wish to glaze the items yourself elsewhere then this can be discussed. All items made during the class should be picked up at a later date within 6 months of the class. The price reflects the size of the class, quality of teaching and personal guidance you will receive.
One to One Class: £140
Class for two: £160
Class for three: £180
Class for four: £200
These classes take place on Thursdays and Fridays with evening classes being available. Please enquire using the contact form below.
All Classes can be purchased via the Classes section of the Shop or get in touch using the following contact methods:
All classes take place at the Jo Davies Studio at The Chocolate Factory, Farleigh Place, London, N16 7SX