Throw and Throw - September

Throw and Throw - September


Starts: Monday 9 September 2019 for 4 weeks

6:30-9pm - 9, 16, 23, 30 September

£260 per person for all 4 classes

Practice your throwing for 2 and a half hours and then throw what you've made back on the reclaim! (ok, we might let you keep the best one). During this class you will work independently to practice throwing one set shape each week and making as many as you can within that time. The key is to practice a different shape each week, with a minimal number of variables, to increase technique.

This class is for people who have done the basics and are now looking to practice without the pressure of producing objects to keep and has been developed in response to the number of times Jo has heard students say that they just want time and space to practice and they have enough of their mementos from the early days and now they are looking to improve.

The course will be taught by one of our assistant tutors using stoneware clay in a small class of up to 4 people. The teaching will include a demonstration at the beginning of the class and continued help when students request it throughout the class.

Whilst the course content is set it also has the flexibility with which to respond to individual learning needs. Our greatest concern is that everyone feels that they are making progress and not that we slavishly keep up with an arbitrary schedule.

Please note that the course will be taught by one of the Jo Davies Tutors, if you would like a class with Jo Davies you are able to book a Master Class one to one with Jo.

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Class size and why it’s important:

The Classes at the Jo Davies Studio are some of the smallest wheel-throwing classes available with a maximum 4:1 ratio, student to tutor. The reason for this is so that students can make faster progress with the direct help of their tutor quickly. The classes have been designed by Jo in this way because of Jo’s long experience with students who came to her workshop after going to large wheel-throwing classes where they were often left waiting a long time for a tutor’s attention before being able to move forward. This frustration will never happen in our small classes as the maximum size of a class is 4 students, this means you will make progress faster.  

These classes are intended for adults.

Missing a class?

If you are unable to make a class then a catch-up class can be taken up on one of our scheduled Sunday School sessions. However, a maximum of 1 catch-up class can be taken for this course. These must be pre-booked. Please view Sunday School listing for forthcoming dates.

What's included:

All materials

All tools and equipment are provided


Things to consider ahead of the course:

You may want to bring your own apron and/or tools. You’re welcome to do this but we do have everything that’s needed as well.

Wear clothes you don't mind getting splashed for each session - all materials wash out easily though.

We prefer our students to wear trousers or shorts rather than skirts because of the practicalities of throwing at a potter’s wheel (skirts can be a little physically restricting for this activity) but if you’re happy then we’re happy.

Arrive with short fingernails - this is very helpful when throwing and long fingernails can really get in the way of your enjoyment of the activity.

Please plan your journey to the studio so you can arrive on time. Classes cannot go on beyond the alloted time and we want you to have the maximum amount of enjoyment from the class.

The Course will take place at the Jo Davies Studio at the Chocolate Factory, Farleigh Place, London, N16 7SX.   MAP

Cancellation Policy:

Your place on a course can be cancelled by you up to 7 days before the date of the workshop but it will only be possible to refund 50% of your fee, if cancelling after this cut off you will forfeit 100% of your fee. This is because we often have to turn away customers when our class schedule is fully booked and we don’t like to have gaps if we don’t need to as we want to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy a class here at the studio.

If you need to re-schedule your class you are able to do this up to 7 days prior to your booking. Please note this is subject to availability.

Cancellation of a class by the Jo Davies Studio will incur a full refund or postponement of the class according to the preference of the customer.

Image: Jo Davies demonstrating making techniques in her studio for the 'masterclass' feature in Ceramic Review Magazine.