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Pottery Wheel Throwing

Short Course - Foundation EXTRA
Pottery Wheel Throwing (Foundation EXTRA)

Whether you have always wanted to have a go or have experience and would just like the time to practice, this class is for everyone. Why not try throwing for the day with a friend or your partner, a parent or sibling?

Here's an opportunity to spend a whole day in the ceramics workshop at Gray's School of Art throwing at the potter's wheel.

This course has multiple study options

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

One Day (6 hours)
10.00am - 4.00pm

This course will teach you the fundamental techniques, hints and tips on how to throw the perfect pot.

Our experienced tutor will give demonstrations on clay preparation, centering, turning and finishing clay on the wheel.

You will learn to prepare your own clay before spending time creating your pieces.

All work will be fired after the class and be available to pick up and enjoy a week later.

You will have the use of a wheel to yourself for the whole course.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more 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.

Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.

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


This course is not formally assessed. 




Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.




This course provides an excellent introduction for beginners.

There are no formal entry requirements.

Required Age

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


Course fee: £80 (All materials and firing provided)

Materials & Equipment

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

Workshop facilities, potter's wheel and all firing provided.

All clay provided.


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


Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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