Rolling 10-12 Week Pottery Courses

What Rolling 10-12 Week Pottery Courses
Where Aylesford School of Ceramics, Aylesford Pottery, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX
When 3 terms per year, starting January, April and September.
Choose a two hour session that repeats weekly:
OR Tuesday OR Wednesday OR Thursday.
Morning session (10.30am-12.30pm) OR afternoon session (1pm-3pm) OR evening session (7pm-9pm).
Booking Essential
Places 12 attendees per session
Duration 2 hours per week, for 10-12 weeks

(morning 10:30am-12:30pm OR afternoon 1pm-3pm OR evening 7pm-9pm)

Suitable for Adults of any age
Cost £225 per person per 12 week course (plus materials)
£190 per person per 10 week course (plus materials)
Equipment and materials Everything is provided, including apron, tools and tea and coffee. UPDATE: November 2021. During the COVID-19 pandemic please use a mask that covers your nose and mouth whilst in the pottery studios and glaze room. You are encouraged to bring your own tools and equipment, including your own apron. Clay is provided but is chargeable based on the weight of finished pieces.
Level Novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced
Before the sessions ֍   Please wear old clothes and shoes.

֍   You’ll find working with clay easier if you cut your fingernails short, tie back long hair, and remove jewellery on your hands and wrists.

֍   Look at some photos of previous and current students work to gather inspiration.

֍   Charge your phone or camera to capture some shots of your work in progress.

During the sessions ֍   This is a relaxed course with no fixed agenda although all novice and beginner students will be guided, and you can expect to learn the following for the first few weeks

֍   How to properly prepare clay for throwing and hand-building

֍   Centring clay on the wheel and throwing simple shapes such as bowls and cylinders, trimming techniques

֍   Rolling slabs, making coils, pulling handles and joining methods

֍   Using hump and slump moulds

֍   Using different types of clay

֍   Texturing, carving and other decoration techniques

֍   Adding colour and glazing your pot so it is suitable for use

֍   Beyond the first few weeks, you will choose your own projects and you will be fully supported by your tutor to bring them to completion. You’ll work at your own pace, regardless of what other classmates are doing, and at the end of the course, you’ll have something to show for it! Your tutor is always available to answer any questions you may have or help you solve any difficulties you may be having. They will provide you with useful hints and tips regardless of your level of experience to help you improve and produce better-finished pieces.

After the sessions ֍   You will weigh your pieces, pay for them, and put them aside for firing.

֍   Once glazed, you can use your pots for food and drink or anything else you can think of, they are oven proof, microwavable, hand washable and dishwasher safe.

2022 Dates

Spring: 10 week term begins week commencing 17 January (1 week half-term commences 14 Feb)

Summer: 12 week term begins week commencing 18 April* (2 week half-term commences 30 May*)

*Monday classes which fall on bank holidays are rescheduled for 30 May and 25 July

Autumn: 12 week term begins week commencing 5 September (2 week half-term commences 17 Oct)

2023 Dates

To be confirmed…