4 Day Ceramics School (Foundation/Intermediate | EXTRA)

1. Overview

We're delighted to announce that we will be welcoming the 2015 Great Pottery Throw Down Winner Matthew Wilcock to the Gray's School of Art Lecturing Team. Matthew will be teaching our 4 Day Ceramic School this September.

Spend 4 days of concentrated study throwing, building and glazing pots at Gray's School of Art. This course is designed to improve your pottery throwing skills and techniques to make finished pieces.

2. What you will study

This will provide an excellent opportunity to practice throwing and will also cover turning, decorating and applying handles/lids.

Essential skills will be covered:


  • Clay preparation
  • Wedging techniques
  • How to centre
  • Throwing: basic cylinders to jugs, vases, plates or bowls
  • Throwing to specific measurements and repeat throwing
  • Turning and finishing
  • Pulling and attaching handles
  • Decorating techniques: applying slips and glazes


Each student will have the use of their own wheel for the duration of the course. Group demonstrations and one-to-one tuition will be provided.

Any work students wish to keep will be fired and available for collection the following week.

3. Entry Requirements

All enthusiastic students welcome. Suitable for complete beginners or students with prior experience wishing to build their confidence. Tuition will be tailored to participants on an individual basis.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.

4. How to apply

Course Fee: £310 (Includes all materials)

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU’s conditions).


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

Clothing: Throwing can be messy, so an apron or overalls would be advised. Bring older clothing and footwear as they may get splashed with clay. 

Students are encouraged to bring a sketchbook for taking notes.

All clay and glaze provided.

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

4 - 7 July 2017
4 - 7 Sept 2017

Course Length

4 days (24hrs)
Tuesday - Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Thursday

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/EXTRA

Academic School
Gray's School of Art