Will courses run at CUP?
Beginners, intermediate and advanced courses in hand building and throwing detailed below!
To book courses please email firstname.lastname@example.org
10 week ‘ceramics for all’ course:
We run a ‘ceramics for all’ course all year round which is designed to lead into studio membership. Our course leader and experienced ceramicist and educationalist Pat Thompson of 'All year round pottery' will handle the development of your skills and the conveying of our ethos with her very capable hands. This course is ideal for you if you are looking for an extensive introduction to throwing and hand building or just to refresh rusty skills.
Thursday 7th Feb 2019 6.30-9pm
Monday 13th May 2019 6.30-9pm
plus £6.50 per kilo for materials/firing costs for finished products.
This ten week beginner’s course will guide you through the basics of pottery techniques, using both hand-building and wheel-throwing.
At the beginning of each pottery lesson there is a demonstration of a technique to be used in the class. You will then be able to create your own unique piece using the technique you have been shown or work on your own project. Techniques include pinch pots, slab work, surface decoration & wheel work.
During the 10-week course we will progress through the following:
An introduction to the studio and equipment, looking at the clays and glazes used at CUP
An introduction to clay preparation: wedging and kneading as a preliminary to further clay work.
Wheel work demonstrations of basic centring techniques and practising these techniques demonstrations of thrown forms on the wheel: a cylinder, followed by individual practise a bowl, followed by individual practise a plate, followed by individual practise learning to trim and finish a pot, learning to pull and apply handles of different shapes and types pulling a pouring spout on jugs
Hand building demonstrations of pinch pots and practising these techniques demonstrations of coil pots and practising these techniques demonstrations of slab-rolling and practising these techniques
There are many different ways to decorate your pots both before and after bisque firing. We will explore many of these, and you will have ample opportunity to practise on your own pots.
The groups are small, friendly & informal, with a maximum of seven students per class so that we can provide you with ample support & encouragement.
The cost includes all firing and glazing and re-firing, which will be done for you. There will be a charge of £6.50 per kilo for finished pottery. The whole process from making to finished work ready for you to take home takes several weeks.
All equipment, tools & storage space will be provided. Please bring your own apron, towel, notebook and pen.
Classes will be 2 ½ hours, allowing 2 hours work, 15 min break, and 15 min clear-up.
Taster morning @ CUP
This taster course is for individuals, couples, families and friends and is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands in some clay, as well as making something fun and useful. Learn about pottery processes and techniques, and gain practical experience of working with clay. Anything made can be dried, fired and glazed for you to collect at a later date or you can return for a glazing class.
You will hand build pots and take turns to use the potters wheels. Up to 12 people per session, aprons provided.
At the end of the session you will select 3 of your best pots to be left at CUP for firing and glazing. Extra items may be fired and collected by you at a cost of £6.50 per kilo.
Saturday 9th February 2019 10am-12.30pm
0ne day course @ CUP
If you are new to clay this course will introduce you to making pots on a wheel - throwing, and hand-building pots . If you already have some experience this course will enable you to practice what you already know and extend your knowledge.
The day will consist of demonstrations of throwing on the wheel and hand building techniques by Pat Thompson with plenty of time for practice and coaching throughout the day. Class size will be up to 12 people.
There will be tea and coffee breaks with a delicious lunch provided. (Please inform us of any dietary requirements)
This course is really for anyone, those entirely new to throwing as well as those with experience. You can go along at your own pace once you've seen demonstrations. Everyone can have a go and achieve something they are proud of, whilst exploring a new and satisfying hobby and a known relaxant and stress-busting activity.
At the end of the day you will select 3 of your best pots to be left at CUP for firing and glazing. Extra items may be fired and collected at £6.50 per kilo.
Sunday 17th February 2019 10am-4pm
At the end of the session you will select 4 of your best pots to be left for firing and glazing. Extra items may be fired and collected at a cost of £6.50 per kilo.
“Take your throwing to the next level” with Max Balme @ CUP
If you’re looking to develop your throwing skills or if you fancy just having a go, Max can guide you with his expert skills and coaching.
Bio: I learnt to throw at school, and then taught evening classes in London, setting up a pottery in Shadwell while studying medicine. In the five years since retirement from medicine I have been a full time potter teaching throwing and making stoneware tableware mainly in my own studio in Sussex selling my pots in Brighton.
Throwing is my favourite part of making, I also have a keen interest in experimenting with glaze and slip decoration.
Saturday 23rd February 9am-1pm
Saturday 6th April 1pm-4pm
Max is also running a weekly throwing skills development workshop every Wednesday evening @ CUP 6-8pm open to non-members and priced at £20 per session. 6 places are available every week and bookings are taken on a first comes, first served basis. Email email@example.com to book.
10 week intermediate course: We aim to run an 10 week intermediate course in more advanced skills in throwing and hand-building in 2019. Please contact for details: firstname.lastname@example.org £200
plus £6.50 per kilo for materials/firing costs for finished productS
Master classes: CUP aims to run regular masterclasses in throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing as well as hosting guest speakers from expert artists from all over the UK. Discounts for all master classes educational events will apply to contracted members. Contact us for details: email@example.com