Enjoy the Potter's Wheel

82 TUTOR: Mary Thorne

This course is for anyone with a keen interest in learning or improving their skills on the potter's wheel. You will learn how to throw, make, turn and finish pots using the wheel. The tutor will guide you through making various forms and teach you new techniques and short cuts in a fun and relaxing environment. You will have use of your own potter's wheel for the duration of the course. All materials are included and you will be able to take your finished fired and unfired items home.


3 PM
PM course

Course Notes

Day 1 Monday

Throwing demonstration and an introduction to clay

Students will learn and practice throwing cylinders and bowls


Day 2 Tuesday

Finishing and refining the previous day's pots. Demonstration of turning pottery.

Further opportunity to practice throwing on the wheel.

Items from day 1 and 2 could be fired in time to take home on Friday.


Day 3 Wednesday

Decorating and glazing pots made on day 1 and 2

The pots will be loaded into the kiln.

Day 4 Thursday

Further demonstrations and time to practice throwing and making more pots.


Day 5 Friday

Completing and finishing pots made on day 4.

The kiln will be unpacked on this day and students may take their finished work home.

Pots made on day 4 and 5 can be taken home unfired or there may be the possibility of having them fired to collect at a later date.


Students will be taught to control the clay on the potter's wheel. The emphasis is on enjoyment, but It takes some concentration, dexterity and practice to create forms on the wheel and students must be keen to learn and be able to manipulate clay using their hands and arms.

It is more skill and technique than strength, but anyone with serious arthritis, back problems or lack of strength might find this course a challenge. We have one sit-down wheel and 5 standing wheels. A stool could be used at the standing wheels.


It is important that you have good use of your hands and fingers. Short fingernails and are advisable and not wearing jewellery on hands and wrists except wedding rings or similar. 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