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Throwing Courses

Throwing Courses

Joss regularly teaches how to throw pots on the potters' wheel at Powdermills.
Stay at a local B&B or hostel in the middle of the wild Dartmoor landscape, spend your days learning pottery skills, spend your evenings next to the fire at a traditional local pub sampling homemade pies and ales!

You can choose from three different types of courses:-

2 day Weekend Intensive
5 day Summer School
Have a Go evening sessions



Buying a Course as a Gift? Vouchers available - email shop@powdermillspottery.com for details.


2 day Weekend Intensive - £150

This two day course runs at weekends, once a month in the Autumn/Winter season when the shop and cafe is closed. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques of throwing; it is intended for beginners or those who have thrown before and wish to improve their skills. There is a maximum of 4 places on each course, with each attendee having use of their own electric wheel for the duration of the weekend.

The essential skills of throwing cylinders, bellies, bowls, lips and adding handles will be covered. Those with more experience will be set more complex challenges. Joss gives regular demonstrations to the group as a whole, and provides one-to-one advice where needed.

On each day, teaching time will be between 10am and 4pm.
All materials included in the cost of the course.
Attendees are asked to bring their own packed lunch.


5 day Summer School - £375

For the first time in Summer 2021, I will be running 5 day courses. The first half of the course covers all of the fundamental skills of throwing covered in the two day course. The second half of the course encourages you to design a pot, throw the compoments using your new skills and assemble the final pot,

There is a maximum of 4 places on each course, with each attendee having use of their own electric wheel for the duration of the weekend.
On each day, teaching time will be between 10am and 4pm.
All materials included in the cost of the course.
Attendees are asked to bring their own packed lunch.


Have A Go Evenings - £40

If you would like to have a go at making a pot on the wheel, come along to a Taster Evening.
The sessions are 6.30-9pm on Tuesday evenings, year round..
Tools provided.
If you book more than one session, you will be introduced to more than one throwing technique and you will see progress!
There are four places on each evening - first come first served!


If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please read the further course information below, and see the Other Things to Do on Dartmoor page for a suggested accommodation list.

Please Note: none of the pots produced during the weekend are kept or fired. You need to come prepared to work hard for two days and gain a dramatic improvement in your throwing skills.



Course Dates

Course Dates

2 day Weekend Courses:-

Sat 23rd and Sun 24th October
Sat 13th and Sun 14th November
Sat 11th and Sun 12th December

5 day Summer School

On application

Have a Go Sessions

Tuesday evenings 6.30pm to 9pm
Booking essential


Tools you will need to bring

Tools you will need to bring

Before attending the course, please cut your finger nails and remove all rings. The minimum tools you will need to bring to the course include:-

Overalls, to protect your knees and chest areas
Old towel
Needle on a handle
Cutting wire
Two throwing ribs - one straight, one curved
Small sponge
Bamboo knife
Turning tools
Small strip of soft leather
Calipers

If you do not have Throwing tools, complete tool kits can be purchased when you book your course, and will be given to you when you arrive.

Price: £20 excluding overalls and towel.


How to Book

To book a place on a Throwing Course, please e-mail shop@powdermillspottery.com to book your place. Course Fees are paid at the time of booking.

Information about local places to stay can be provided

I hope you can join us!