Pottery on the Wheel Courses

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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

Dates are:

  • 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.

Course Content

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.

Finished Work

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.

Please ensure you read the T&C's before making your purchase. Read them here.

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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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We try to dispatch your order as soon as possible.  However, please bear in mind that we have a considerable range and each piece is individually made, and decorated by hand.  We do not always have every item in stock, and may have to make goods for your order.  If you need a piece urgently, please let us know, and we will do our best to get it to you, or offer you an alternative. Your order will only be sent when complete.  If you require it to be split in order to get part sooner, then an extra carriage charge will be incurred. Alternatively, you can collect your order directly from the pottery at Leith Business Centre. Select this option from the ‘Delivery Option’ box at the checkout. Prices for shipping are based on the order value. Our current carriage charges are stated on the website.

Refund Policy

The Potter of Leith is completely dedicated to having satisfied customers. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please contact us. We abide by ‘The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000’ (for EU customers only) details of which can be found here. Glaze and Colour Quality We produce high quality, reduction fired stoneware pottery and would draw attention to certain facts concerning colour and finish on goods supplied. Glazes used are custom made at the pottery from raw materials sourced from a variety of suppliers. As such, there may be slight disparities in the results obtained from their use and therefore colours depicted on line are representations only and may be subject to variation. All wares are oven proof, dishwasher proof and food-safe unless otherwise stated. Colour Variations can occur due to the mineral content of glaze materials used, the nature of glazes used, flame exposure in the kiln and atmospheric conditions therein. These are normal and to be expected in high temperature reduction firing. They are not regarded as a flaw in the ware. Runs and Dribbles are a normal feature of the types of glazes used by The Potter of Leith and are to be expected, indeed, relished. Iron spots – A naturally occurring spot of iron may rise to the surface of the glaze during firing, and can appear anywhere.  These are not a flaw. Pinholes – These are very small holes in the fired glaze surface penetrating down to the body below.  It is rare for there to be more than just one or two in any piece.  This does not affect the clay body itself and in no way impairs the function of the piece. Dimensions/Volumes are approximate due to slight variations in the shrinkage percentages in clay bodies used. Volumes are not intended to conform to any industry or legaslitive standards of weights and measures.

Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy

BREAKAGE OR LOSS In the rare event of loss or damage in transit, we take responsibility to make good the loss.  If possible, please supply us with a digital photograph of any damages and the packaging to substantiate your claim. In exceptional circumstances, we may ask you to return broken pieces. RETURNS POLICY If for any reason you are not entirely satisfied with your order, and the goods are returned to us, undamaged, we will fully refund your purchase transaction.  Please note that we cannot be responsible for returned goods that are damaged in transit.  Should the goods be of good quality, all carriage charges will be the responsibility of the purchaser.  If the goods are found to be faulty, we offer to replace or refund the faulty item at no additional charge to the customer.  We will only refund carriage costs at cheapest over-the-counter Post Office rates. Bespoke pieces are only ever made on a ‘Run of Kiln’ basis, due to cost and fuel efficiency constraints. Slight imperfections in the glaze are considered acceptable. We are unable to offer a refund or replacement, unless the item is faulty. CANCELLATION As a consumer you have the right to cancel your order within 7 working days of receipt of goods and receive a full refund including delivery charge. In order to claim a refund you must notify us in writing within this ‘cooling off’ period. Refunds will be made as soon as possible, but within 30 days. Goods must be returned to us in the original packaging and arrive undamaged within 10 working days from informing us of cancellation. Please note that items are returned at your own cost and we recommend the use of a registered postal service for your protection. We reserve the right to make changes to our Trading Terms and Conditions.

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