Beginner's Wheel Throwing Class


Shackleton Gallery

Shackleton Gallery

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3 hours 4 to 10 label $85


In this hands-on pottery class, you will learn introductory techniques for wheel throwing.

You will learn about the different parts of the pottery wheel and the way it operates, as well as how to prepare the clay before it is thrown.

You'll spend the rest of the class experimenting with different throwing techniques including centring, opening and raising. You will learn how to make some simple objects like a cup, bowl or plate.

The teacher will explain the process of making and firing and will demonstrate the techniques of throwing clay on the wheel. Then the participants will have their turn.

During the session, the instructor will demonstrate a second and third time to reinforce the process.
At the end of the class I will have everyone leave their name on their work and give me some indication of colour glaze required.

The work will be ready for collection 2 weeks later.

Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners.
 
What you'll get
We will provide clay, tools and other utensils for this workshop.
 
What to bring
- Participants are asked to bring an apron and a towel.
- Enclosed shoes are recommended.
 
Suitable for

This workshop is perfect for a hens party, baby shower, birthday, special occasion, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

Location

Shackleton Gallery, Peel Road, O'Connor WA

Your teacher
Shackleton Gallery
Shackleton Gallery

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I grew up in Yorkshire in the north of England as one of five children. My mother was an amateur opera singer and my father a coal and gold miner in England and Ghana. We were always surrounded by craftsman and women, actor’s, singers, embroiderers, stone masons, carvers, rope splicer’s, painters and knitters. I cannot remember a time when I didn’t knit. Even now I always have a project on the go.

Over the years wool led to spinning and weaving. It was while I was attending an evening weaving class taught by Maxine Veitch at Claremont School of Art, that I met a potter who would down shuttles in class and say "I’m just off to throw a dozen mugs or a dozen plates.” I was terribly impressed by this. It wasn't long after I took up the challenge and enrolled in a pottery class.
I attended an introductory course in clay work and was put off very quickly by the coarse clay I had been given to throw with.

It wasn't until we were in New Zealand a year later with my husband (a New Zealander) and our two sons, that I joined the local Arts to Crafts Centre in Marton and, encouraged by a friend Ros Morrison, I joined the pottery class and cautiously approached clay. I was hooked. Macs Mud (a local clay produced by Royce McGlashen NZ) was wonderful, its soft creamy consistency opened up a whole new world and my journey in clay had begun. I still take great pleasure in working with clay since my introduction all those years ago, it is a wonderful journey to be on.

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