Introduction To The Potters Wheel Short Course

Our Introduction To The Potters Wheel Short Course is a great entrance course for those who want to dip their toes without committing to a Master Class! 


Introduction To The Potters Wheel Short Course

The Introduction To The Potters Wheel Short Course is a 5 week immersion into the very basic skills required to make simple pots on the potters wheel – “throwing”

You will learn about preparing clay, centering, opening, making cylinders and bowls. You will also learn to make bottles and simple lidded containers!

Week One

  • About clay
  • Clay preparation
  • Wedging
  • Recycling
  • How the wheel works
  • Centring
  • Opening

Week Two

  • Basic trimming
  • Centring
  • Opening
  • Coning
  • Pulling
  • Cylinders & Bowls

Week Three

  • Trimming a foot ring
  • Adding a handle
  • Throwing on a bat ring
  • Plates and shallow bowls

Week Four

  • Trimming plates
  • Bottles
  • Lids and Galleries

Week Five

  • Trimming lids 
  • Practice weak points
  • Glaze pots

Where to from here?

You can continue to learn at your own pace with a membership to Open Studios.

You could do a hand building course

You could go on and develop your skills further with a Master Class

Please indicate your interest for the Introduction To The Potters Wheel Short Course


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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Are Classes?

Introduction to Pottery 5 Week Short Course

$495 fully inclusive of materials and firings

When Are Classes Held?

Courses are held at various times of the day and days of the week – the times change each term so that if they don’t suit you this time, they might next term!


Where Are Classes Held?

Classes are held at Unit 4 / 6 Ramly Drive, Burleigh Heads.

The studio is the rear left unit, entry is via the little pergola and garden! There are 8 car parks available, plus on street parking.


What Is Included - What Do I Need To Bring?

Everything you need is included in the course.

Each week you will receive a design brief so you can prepare for the class – you may want to source items for textures, or ideas from Pinterest!

 Bringing an apron and your own hand towel is a great idea, water, tea & coffee are available at the studio.

How Can I Enrol?

Introduction to Pottery courses can be enrolled in directly on the Schedule page – just scroll through the months to find the course you want to enrol in. Please be advised that there are limited spaces available in these course so make sure you book early!

How Can I Pay?

You can pay for the Introduction to Pottery course online by card (Square) or PayPal (card or your PayPal account). If you prefer you can also pay in person by cash or card when you start – please use one of the forms on this page to book your place!

What Will I Be Making?

You will be making the items listed in the course. Please bring along your creativity to express the design of the item in your own way!


From Our Students

I have learnt more in three lessons from Lynda than I learnt in three years at another class! I call her “Pearl” – always got a pearl of wisdom to make my work better!


As a professional artist looking to expand into clay, I respect the skills and knowledge I am finding at Firebird Studios.


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1/20 Hutchinson St.,
Burleigh Heads
QLD, 4220

Open Hours

Monday to Saturday 9 am to 1 pm

Monday to Thursday 5 pm - 9 pm