Pottery Classes from John Huggins at Guardian Garden Pottery 2018
Established in 1979, for many years John Huggins exhibited his work at Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. With almost 40 years of production throwing experience, John Huggins now offers a variety of pottery classes, from half-day & single day classes to weekend and week long courses in throwing and pot making. These classes are suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to experienced throwers. For more information about our pot throwing classes and to book, click on ‘Learn To Throw’.
1. Half-Day Pottery Throwdown Classes
For anyone who has wanted to throw a pot on the potters wheel but has never had the chance! Here is your chance! I will teach you a simplified way to throw small pots on the wheel. Not only will you be throwing your own pots within the hour, you will also be decorating them with coloured slips (liquid clays).
This Throwdown may satisfy a curiosity but it may also whet an appetite. Throwing on the wheel is strangely addictive!
Classes are limited to 6 with each having a dedicated wheel.
Date: Any available date on request: Cost £50
Time: 9.30am-1pm or 1.30pm-5pm
For a materials charge of £10 you can have your favourite pot glazed and fired and posted to you or 3 of your pots glazed and fired and ready to collect in 4 weeks.
2. Single Day Pot Throwing Classes
These single day classes will introduce you to the rudiments of throwing clay on the potter’s wheel. By concentrating on a simplified technique you will quickly be able to make small simple shapes. After lunch we will progress to the traditional method of manipulating clay on the wheel.We will decorate the pots by brushing on coloured liquid clays.
The aim of the pottery throwing classes is to develop skills rather than take home a lot of pots. The materials charge for 3 pots collected after glazing and firing is £10. Alternatively you can have your favourite pot glazed and sent to your home for £10.
Classes are limited to 6 with each student having a dedicated wheel.
If you would like to discuss anything about the class, ring me at the pottery on 07752900328. Gift vouchers for both the single day, and the weekend pottery classes are available.
Schedule: Saturday 9.30am – 5pm.
Date: Any available date on request:
Cost £125 ( Includes tea and coffee at mid-morning & mid-afternoon. Lunches of bread, cheese, biscuits, fruit etc.)
3. Pottery Course: Big Pot Making Week 30 July to 3 August 2018
Now in it’s 19th year, these summer pottery courses are designed to enable anyone with basic pot throwing or hand building skills to increase the size of pots they can make. John Huggins, famed for his rhubarb forcers, has been making a wide range of handthrown terracotta plant pots for nearly 40 years.
We will concentrate on:
Clay: It’s condition and quality.
Throwing: Various techniques. How to use body structure not just muscles.
Hand Building: Use of plasters and other formers. Use of large slab roller. Surface decoration.
Confidence and familiarity with clay and techniques comes with repetition so most of the week will be spent in production using steadily increasing weights of clay. The week will be quite hard and tiring but also, I’m sure, great fun. You can keep up to 10 pots (up to 15 cubic foot of kiln space) and collect them after a few weeks when they have fired, but more importantly you will leave with increased confidence and skill. Materials are charged at cost price based on weight and volume. If you would like to discuss anything about the course ring me on 07752900328.
Cost: The cost of the course is £450. This includes tea/coffee at mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and bread, cheese, salad and fruit lunches. Workshop sessions will run from 9.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
4.Weekend Pottery Throwing Classes:
Held most months these pottery classes are designed to develop the skills of throwing on the potters wheel. All levels are welcome, from absolute beginners wanting to learn to throw, to competent throwers wishing to increase their confidence and the size of their pots.
Pottery throwing classes are limited to a maximum of 7, each student having a dedicated quality wheel. Tuition is by a combination of demonstrations, one to one instruction, and plenty of repetitive practice. All the facilities of a professional workshop are available and there is an unlimited amount of top quality clay ready to throw.
Topics such as clay preparation, decorating and glazing, kiln packing and firing can all be covered if any students wish. It may be hard work but you will have fun!
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 5pm. Cost: £195. Includes tea and coffee at mid-morning & mid-afternoon. Lunches of bread, cheese, fruit & salad etc.
5. Intensive Throwing Weeks:- see website for more details
Ruardean Garden Pottery is a professional production workshop established in 1979. For 25 years the pottery produced a wide range of wheel thrown terracotta. Now it concentrates on a much smaller range of thrown traditional garden pottery together with a range of limited edition press moulded plant pots.
See website https://www.ruardeanpottery.com to book and for Terms and Conditions
Ruardean Garden Pottery, West End,, Guardian,, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL17 9TP England, UK