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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 - £165

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 key techniques of throwing; it is intended for both complete beginners and 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.

Please Note: none of the pots produced during the weekend are kept or fired. But you will gain a dramatic improvement in your throwing skills.


5 day Summer School - £410

The 5 day course both refines your key throwing skills and the skills needed to complete further stages of pot-making. 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 9.30am and 3.30pm.
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 Monday evenings, year round..
Tools provided.
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.




Course Dates

Course Dates

2 day Weekend Courses:-

Sat 12th and Sun 13th March - FULL
Sat 30th April and 1st May - FULL
Sat 7th and Sun 8th May - FULL
Sat 14th and Sun 15th May - FULL
Sat 11 and Sun 12 June - 2 places left
Sat 9 and Sun 10 July - 4 places left

5 day Summer School

Mon 27th June to Fri 1st July
or apply for other dates

Have a Go Sessions

Monday evenings 6.30pm to 9pm
Booking essential


Things you will need to bring

Things you will need to bring

Before attending the course, please cut your finger nails and remove all rings.

Please bring overalls, to protect your knees and chest areas, and an old towel.

If attending the 2 or 5 day course, don't forget your packed lunch!



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!