Pottery on the Wheel Courses
The next Pottery on the Wheel Courses start in April 2021.
Please contact us to confirm dates:
Andy: 07505 113 836
January 2021 courses are fully booked.
Courses run for 10 weeks, are 2.5 hours per evening and are suitable for both beginners and improvers.
Please ensure you have carefully read the makers terms and conditions before placing the order
- Monday, 6.00 - 8.30pm
- Wednesday, 6.30 - 9pm
- Thursday, 6.00 - 8.30pm
- Friday, 2 – 4.30pm
All tools, materials, glazing and firing are included.
All participants will take home a good number of finished pieces, stoneware, glaze fired to c.1290 degrees centigrade (cone 10) in our unique reduction kiln.
At Leith Community Pottery, throwing on the wheel is taught by Andy Lang (The Potter of Leith).
Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramics (Dundee, 1983) and has been teaching for 35 years.
Wheel courses are 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks.
All are taught with stoneware clay, on electric wheels.
Class numbers are 6 maximum (reduced to 3 due to current Covid 19 Physical Distancing measures) and each student will receive individual attention and instruction, backing up group demonstrations of techniques.
Level of Instruction
Classes are pitched at all levels – Andy will teach individuals based on their own experience and competence.
Therefore both beginners and improvers are welcome on courses.
No previous experience is necessary, but those with some level of skill will be supported to develop and expand their knowledge.
Courses will cover basic techniques such as preparing clay, centering and throwing cylinders and progression to more sophisticated forms.
Trimming or turning pots will also be covered, along with the making of lips, handles and other appendages.
We will also cover a variety of decorating techniques (carving, engraving, applied decoration, piercing, slip decoration, wax resist and glazing).
Basic physics and chemistry of ceramics will also be explored.
There are no tests and the courses are, at present, uncertificated.
By the end of the course, all students will have a degree of competence in centering and throwing clay on the potters’ wheel.
Improvers and more experienced students will have been supported to develop and expand their skill set.
This may include the making of lids, spouts, flatware, larger pieces and composite forms.
Participants will also have a good understanding of ceramic processes, design and functionality, along with a wee bit of historical and contextual knowledge.
All students will take home a considerable number of finished, glazed and fired pieces.
Whilst not all work will be considered suitable for firing, every student will be supported to complete a range of work to take away at the end of the course.
Ware is reduction fired to Cone 10 (around 1290 degrees centigrade) and is frost proof, oven proof, dishwasher proof and food safe.
The Potter of Leith
Leith Community Pottery CIC is a social enterprise which offers free and subsidised access to courses and workshops to those living with poor mental health. Andy Lang, The Potter of Leith, set the business up in August 2019. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramics and produces reduction fired stoneware pottery. He has been teaching in Community Education for 35 years, the past 23 at Leith Academy, Edinburgh.
Sales of pottery contribute towards the pottery’s ability to offer free access to tuition to the target group. The workshop, at Leith Business Centre, is entirely fitted out with reclaimed wood and furbishments retrieved from skips and other throw-aways. Most of the glazes used are based on wood ash, harvested from the oil drum fires at The Pitt Street Market, pizza ovens, wood burning stoves and incinerated scrap gleaned from local trades.
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