Wheel throwing with Porcelain
What you will learn
Learn the basics of working with Porcelain clay on the throwing wheel. This course will guide you by demonstration and practical sessions to gain confidence with using this material. Different projects are set to fit ability level. Each student will have sole use of a wheel for the length of the course.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- You will learn how to throw and turn a range of simple forms with porcelain.
- You will gain knowledge of some of the problems associated with using this clay
- You will learn how to best recycle the clay for re-use
- You will understand the potential that this clay can offer when used with a range of glazes
- You will be shown how to fire porcelain in the kiln
Class format and activities
Each student will have sole use of a wheel for the length of the course.
However, you will be asked to rotate wheels to make sure there is equal sharing of the different types of wheels in the studio.
The tutor will demonstrate to the whole group on a regular basis to enable you to gain a thorough understanding alongside individual tuition
You will be throwing forms in the first class.
You will be recycling your own reclaimed clay
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This course is aimed at those with some experience on the wheel and not for the complete beginner.
Other short courses are availble for the complete beginner.
What you need to know before you enrol
Both wheel throwing and wedging clay requires a moderate level of physical fitness - if you have any concerns (back problems, for example) please come and see your tutor who will be happy to give guidance, or assistance if required.
What you will need for your class
A clean apron or old shirt.
What you can do next
Morley College offers a wide range of courses at all levels of ability. The department offers a wide range of courses to suit all levels of experience and throwing is taught as a part of most of the classes. We recommend you attend at least 2 terms on the beginner course before moving on to various mixed level courses. Students can also look to progress onto certificated Part or full time Ceramics or 3D courses such as BETC, BA degree or MA postgraduate courses. Your tutor is also happy to advise in setting up your own studio. Many students go on after several years experience to setting up their own ceramic practice and exhibiting in open studio / house weekends and local and national craft fairs and galleries.