4 week Wheel-Throwing Course - July-Aug

4 week Wheel-Throwing Course - July-Aug


1 - 4 students

Monday Evenings 7-9pm

15 July, 22 July, 29 July, 5 August

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.

Who’s the class for?

You may have done a taster course in wheel-throwing and feel that you would like to know more. You may have done a few more classes but would like to return to the basics to enrich your knowledge. Either way, this course will give you the confidence and answers for common difficulties in the early stages of your development

A maximum of 4 people on the course will allow time for the tutor to give you the attention and help you need in this informal and beautiful environment at the Jo Davies Studio set inside the Chocolate Factory workshops.

What you’ll learn:

During the course you will be taught how to create some formal shapes - cylinder, bowl, bottle - as a vehicle for showing you some of the principles of throwing. You will also learn to turn/trim your pots and gain practice as a foundation for your continued development.

The purpose of this is so that you have the fundamental tools for personal development once the course is completed or you can choose to graduate to the 8 week course at the studio and/or one to one Master Classes with Jo Davies.

Please note that the course will be taught by one of the Jo Davies Tutors.

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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 classes can be taken per 4 week course and these must be pre-booked.

Class size and why it matters:

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.

What's included:

  • All materials

  • All tools and equipment are provided

  • Firing and glazing costs are included

  • Tea

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 course are fully booked and we don’t like to have gaps if we don’t need to because we want to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy a class here at the studio.

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