Create with Clay

69 TUTOR: Mary Thorne

This course is suitable for all abilities and offers a taster in a variety of pottery techniques as well as a great opportunity to be creative with clay in a fun and relaxing environment. You will work on the potter's wheel, use slabs and coils and do some hand building. The tutor will guide you with demonstrations, examples and ideas. All materials will be provided and you will have the opportunity to glaze finish items to take home with you.


3 AM
AM course

Course Notes

Day 1 Monday


Introduction to clay and demonstration of hand building techniques.

This could include slab work, coiling and pinch pots.


Day 2 Tuesday

Continuing with hand building projects and finishing work made on day 1.


Day 3 Wednesday


Decorating and glazing items that were made on days 1 and 2. These will be fired in the kiln to take home on Friday.


Day 4 Thursday


Throwing pots on the potter's wheel. ( This is optional - you may wish to continue with hand building)

Each student will have their own wheel and plenty of help and advice if needed.

These items will not dry in time to be fired by the end of the week


Day 5 Friday


The kiln is unpacked.

There will be the opportunity to finish off pots made on the potters wheel on day 4 and further hand building as time allows.


Dexterity and a keen interest in creating with clay is needed for this course. Students are allowed to be a productive as they want to be and all finished items may be taken home - fired or unfired.

Items made on day 4 and 5 can be taken home unfired, or there may be the possibility of firing the pots to be collected at a later date.


It is important that you have good use of your hands and fingers.

Throwing on the potters wheel requires some physical strength.

Short fingernails are advisable and also to remove jewellery on hands and wrists apart from wedding rings. Long hair should be tied back.




Course Tutor

Mary Thorne

About Mary

Mary is an experienced potter and ceramicist. She first started working with clay whilst studying for her teaching degree and soon became addicted.

She has worked as a studio potter and is a member of Wagon Yard Artists in Marlborough.

Mary is an experienced teacher and enjoys running pottery workshops throughout the year.  She specialises in thrown work influenced by the local Wiltshire landscape. To view her work, visit her website

Facebook: Mary Thorne Ceramics
Instagram: marythorne_ceramics

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM