Learn to Throw

Learn to Throw

Beginner Learn to Throw Pottery Classes

SPACES ARE LIMITED – BOOK TODAY!

Come along and learn to throw on the pottery wheel, make your own dinnerware, design, paint & glaze your very own pot. Be prepared to get messy, meet new friends, have a few laughs and best of all – over time and a few classes under your belt, you’ll be hooked and will thoroughly enjoy using your very own unique hand made clay creations!

Cost

$275 for Beginners Course of 4 Classes, 3hrs each class. Price includes use of all tools, equipment, clay, glazes & firings. You will take up to 8 completed pieces home with you after your 4th class. See class schedule below on what’s involved in your 4 classes.

or

$77 for one 3hr class. A great way to try wheel throwing and see if you like it before committing to a full course. Please note if you book just one class you won’t get to take a completed piece home with you, but you will still have a lot of fun learning!

Please see class schedule tab for more information.

When

Check availability calendar below. Any of the BLUE sessions are Beginner Classes.

There is no start date, you can start any time. Please note everyone is at different stages, so when you come to beginner sessions some people might be throwing, some might be trimming, some might be glazing. I will spend time with each of you depending on what stage you’re up to.

Book NOW! See ‘HOW TO BOOK’ tab below.

Where

Home based studio (garage)
39b Clifton Road, Clifton Beach QLD 4879 – House in Middle

Location & Parking

39b Clifton Road, Clifton Beach.

Workshops are run out of my home garage. When you arrive you’ll notice it is a shared driveway with three houses using the same driveway. I am the house in the middle.  You are welcome to drive all the way down the driveway (Please don’t park along the actual driveway or block access for our neighbours to get out).

If you drive down the driveway, PLEASE DRIVE ALL THE WAY AROUND THE TURNING CIRCLE & PARK ON OUR DRIVEWAY IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE or on the Grassy Area in Backyard. Please don’t stop midway in the entryway, other cars can’t fit behind you if you stop short and then their car blocks the entry. If you need to leave early, please park out on the street and walk down so we don’t have to shuffle cars around.

Class Schedule

It takes 4 sessions to complete a piece from scratch to completion.  Below is a  guide on what to expect, however pottery is self paced, so I encourage you to take your time and enjoy the process. Please keep in mind if you book just one session only you won’t be able to take a completed fired piece home with you and any pots you make in this session will be recycled. You are welcome to take your green (un-fired) pieces of pottery home with you. Pieces left in the studio will be recycled. If you have not booked your next session, any unclaimed pieces will be recycled.

Important Please Note: everyone is at different stages, so when you attend a beginner session you will notice some people might be throwing, some might be trimming, some might be glazing. I will spend time with each of you depending on what stage you’re up to. You MUST complete 4 Beginner Learn to Throw Classes before progressing onto any wheel time sessions. If you enjoy the 4 beginner sessions and would like to continue you can book a Wheel Time session to continue practicing on your own without guidance.

The Beginner Learn to Throw Sessions:

A Maximum of 8 pieces will be fired per person so you can practice making as many pieces as you like in the time frame, however only your best 8 pieces will be fired and glazed, the rest will be recycled.


  • Session 1: Learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel: centering & pulling.  Practice pulling cylinders.

  • Session 2: Throwing – keep on practicing, practice, practice & throw your first pot, a bowl or small vase on the pottery wheel.

  • Session 3: Trimming – trim your pots, carve or decorate, add handles to mugs, make your mark & shape your bottoms.

Your pots will have it’s first bisque firing in the kiln after it has been trimmed and has been left to become fully bone dry. A Maximum of 8 pieces will be fired, so keep your best 8 and we will recycle the rest.
  • Session 4: Hand paint & apply glazes to your bisque fired pots. Your pot will then have a second firing in the kiln and you can return to collect your finished pieces at a later date.

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind clay dries out fairly quickly. You can book your session times whenever you like (see HOW TO BOOK tab below), however it is ideal to book your first 3 sessions fairly close together. No more than one week in between each session is ideal. Leaving your clay sit any longer than one week will make it difficult for YOU. I will fire your pieces after the 3rd session, so you will need at least 1 week after your 3rd class before you can glaze.

IDEAL SCHEDULE IF YOU CAN: sessions 1,2,3 (book close together – once a week or once a fortnight is ideal) then session 4 leave it at least 1 week later as glazing can be done anytime after it has been bisque fired.

Unclaimed pots will be recycled – ie. if another session is not booked and I don’t hear from you – your pots will be recycled.

What you’ll make

Initially we will be centering and pulling cylinders. Beginners will start with a bowl and/or vase, and & may continue to make a mug, and pull and attach your own handles.

You can make (*with the exception of below) whatever your heart desires…. Bowls, vases, mugs, jugs, candle holders, jars etc…  Come along and create what you like, enjoy spending time with new friends who have a passion for pottery.

* We don’t make plates: The main reason is plates take up too much space and unfortunately there is not enough space on the storage shelves or in the kiln to make plates. We can usually fit 7 mugs in the same space one plate takes up in the kiln. Also, plates tend to crack easily if they are not thrown evenly, trimmed carefully & dried very slowly.

Number of pieces you will make

A maximum of 8 pottery pieces will be fired and glazed per person, per 4 class block. If you have booked 1 class only, you won’t be able to take any completed pieces home, however you will still have fun practicing. During the 4 class beginners sessions, you are welcome to throw as many pieces as you like while you are practicing, however only your best 8 pieces will be fired & glazed, the rest will be recycled. & yes once you have completed 4 beginner classes you can take your finished pottery pieces home!

Clay used

All of the clay used in our studio is Mid Fire Cone 6 (fired to 1220 degrees Celsius).

How many people in each class

There are 8 pottery wheels, however each session has 1 wheel reserved for me to demonstrate on, so maximum 7 people in a beginners class. 

What to bring / What NOT to bring

  • Wear comfy clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Don’t bring or wear a watch, rings or bracelets. It is best to keep your arms bare from elbows down.
  • Keep your fingernails short. False or acrylic nails won’t make it easy, the shorter the better.
  • A hair tie or headband or cap if you have long hair to keep hair out of your face while you’re bent over the wheel.
  • You are welcome to bring any of your own tools if you have them (marked with your name), but not necessary as all items will be supplied.
  • Bring a jumper or long sleeve T-shirt (in winter months), it can get cool in the studio as we sit outside, especially night classes and your hands will be in water most of the class.
  • There is Tea & Coffee available.
  • There is cold water, however most people like to bring their own water bottle or snacks.
  • BYO sparkly beverages!

Can Children Attend Classes?

No sorry, children cannot attend the beginner wheel throwing classes.

How to Book

FIRST ** If you haven’t booked with us before you will need to click onto the ‘Create an Account’ button below, it will turn blue when you click on it, then fill out your details, name, email, etc. and then click the smaller ‘register’ button underneath. The screen will refresh/reload once you have logged in.

If you have booked a class with us before you need to click onto the ‘Login’ blue button first, enter your details and then click the smaller ‘login’ button underneath.

SECOND: Click onto a BLUE session time on the calendar. BLUE are Beginners. Select one date if you want to try just one class, or select 4 dates if you would like to do the full beginners course. The session times you have selected will appear below the calendar. The small number on the calendar indicates how many spaces are left available in each time slot. If the box is a lighter shade & it has a zero ‘0’ it means the class is fully booked and you won’t be able to click on it. Use arrows at top of calendar to scroll to up-coming weeks.

THIRD: After you have selected a BLUE Beginners session. Select how many people are coming, then click ‘Book Now’.

FOURTH: A message will appear, then click ‘View Cart’. On the cart page, check your booking, scroll to bottom then click ‘Proceed to Checkout’.

NOT WORKING?

  • It won’t let me click on the time or add a session to my cart? – The class is probably full already. Full classes wont let you add to cart. Check the tiny number to see how many spaces are available. Zero ‘0’ means the class is full.
  • I can’t see my Cart? – If you’ve added session and clicked ‘Book Now’ but you can’t see your Cart, click up the top main menu > My Account > My Cart.
  • My booking’s not in my cart? If you’ve clicked Book Now but your booking is not in your cart you may need to refresh your browser or clear your cache, or go back to the top main menu > My Account > My Cart. OR the class might be full already! It won’t let you add to cart if the session is full already.
  • Still not working? Samsung devices tend to have issues. But if you’re not on a Samsung and it’s still not working – please try a desktop computer.
  • STILL Still not working? If you’ve tried all of the above and it’s still not working. Send me an EMAIL with your contact details, full name, phone, email, address, and how many people you would like to book in, and the dates you would like to book, and I can book it for you. Please don’t text, DM, instagram or facebook message, I lose those messages quickly and I’ll forget to book you in.

STudio rules

  • PLEASE DON’T COME TOO EARLY.No more than 5 mins before a session starts please.
  • PLEASE DRIVE ALL THE WAY AROUND THE ROUND ABOUT & PARK ON THE ROUNDABOUT or in the backyard.
  • Apron, Towel & Tools are provided for BEGINNER Classes. If you would like to continue coming to pottery after the 4 beginner classes, please read the Studio Rules on the Wheel Time & Studio Time Pages as you need to bring your own supplies.
  • BRING A BOX at the end of your 4 classes to take any completed pieces home with you.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST! If you would like to discuss anything with me or have a suggestion of what you would like to see happen here, or any ideas, or if you’re not happy about something – Please let me know, I want to hear your feedback!

Thanks so much for your support and co-operation for for making our small potting community so wonderful!

Everyone is creating such great work & I can’t wait to see what you make next!

Please Note: The small number indicates how many spaces are left available in each time slot. If the box is a lighter shade & it has a zero ‘0’ it means the class is fully booked and you won’t be able to click on it. Click on the ‘How to Book’ tab above for instructions.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CALENDAR SHOWS ONLY WHEEL THROWING (BLUE) CLASSES – CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR FULL CALENDAR

Blue = Beginners Learn to Throw on the Pottery Wheel Classes (Click here for more info)

Pink = Beginners Hand Building Pottery Classes (Click here for more info)

Green = Wheel Time (Click here for more info)

Teal = Wheel Time Deck Wheels (Click here for more info)

Orange = Studio Time (Click here for more info)

Pick an event on the calendar:
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*Important Please Note if you have a 4 Class Gift Voucher* Please select only 3 session times from calendar above, enter your gift voucher code below and then checkout. You can then return to calendar, select your 4th session time, enter code again and checkout again. Unfortunately the code won't apply if 4 sessions are selected all at once because there is a discount for 4 classes. Any trouble please contact me and I'll book it for you.

Wheel Thrown Pottery & Ceramics ~ Cairns QLD Australia

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