Potter’s Wheel Master Class

Learn to “throw” on the Potter’s Wheel.

10 Week Master Class

4 Week Introduction Class

Taught by a Master Potter with 20 years experience as a full time Production Thrower, and over 40 years as a Potter.

Workshops are also offered for the Potter’s Wheel!


Potter’s Wheel Master Class

10 Week Potter’s Wheel Master Class

From beginner to pro, and everything in between. No matter where you are in your throwing development this Master Class will accelerate and refine your throwing skills. Suitable for complete novices through to those who can already throw. You will be challenged at your level to learn and refine your motor skills, your clay knowledge, your process knowledge and your finishing skills at every class. 

This class approaches learning to throw as an apprentice would learn. If you are prepared to go back to the very beginning and train new habits, even a seasoned thrower will improve their skill! For a novice thrower – learn once and learn well! You will be set up with skills you can cherish for life!

This class is limited to 8 students who are committed to completing the entire course. If you are unsure of your desire to learn to throw, please book in for a single lesson workshop. However, these courses do fill quickly, so don’t hesitate!

Next course – Starts Wednesday October 16th -6pm – 8pm  – click here to book!

Week One

  • Clay preparation
  • Reclaiming clay
  • Wedging
  • Rams head kneading
  • Spiral kneading
  • Centring

Week Two

  • Centring review
  • Centre and open
  • Base for cylinders and base for bowls
  • Coning
  • Keep one cylinder and one bowl for trimming next week

Week Three

  • Trimming basics
  • Centre, open, make base and three pulls
  • The difference between cylinder forms and bowls
  • Keep one bowl and one cylinder for trimming next week

Week Four

  • Trimming
  • Controlling shape
  • Using shaping tools
  • Finish and form
  • Keep two bowls and two cups for trimming next week

Week Five

  • Trimming
  • Pulling handles
  • Adding handles and lugs
  • Throwing a bat ring
  • Using bats
  • Plates and low bowls with 700g
  • Keep three plates and/or bowls for trimming

Week Six

  • Trimming plates and bowls
  • Different foot rim styles and requirements
  • Throwing larger – using 800g – 1kg of clay
  • Keep two pieces for trimming

Week Seven

  • Trimming
  • Jugs, bottles and closed over forms
  • What is a gallery
  • Keep one jug, one bottle and one closed over form for trimming

Week Eight

  • Trimming bottles and jugs
  • Add lugs and handles
  • Throwing off the mound
  • Lids, spouts
  • Gallery types

Week Nine

  • Trimming lids
  • Putting a teapot together
  • Throwing to spec – measuring and calculating
  • Copy one completed item – to spec!

Week Ten

  • Trim and finish the spec item
  • Review of course
  • Practice weak points 

Well done! You have probably learned more in 10 weeks than many have done over years of pottery self development and other classes. You are well and truly ready to go into Open Studio classes where you can follow your passion and interests. Firebird studios teachers will help you to continue your study and development every step of the way!

Please indicate your interest for the Potters Wheel Masterclass using the form


Potter’s Wheel Introduction Class

This short four week Potter’s Wheel Introduction Course will teach you the basics of throwing with all the major steps required to continue to practice in your own time. We cover essential steps like handling and reclaiming clay, centring, opening and pulling the sides up, making bowls and cups and bottles and spouts, using a bat ring and bats for larger work, and making lids and galleries.

While you might not master the wheel in 4 weeks, you will take away enough information to help you get started!

Week One

  • Clay preparation
  • Reclaiming clay
  • Wedging
  • Rams head kneading
  • Spiral kneading
  • Centring, open and make a base
  • Keep one cup and one bowl for trimming

Week Two

  • Trimming basics – flat bottom
  • Centring review
  • Centring, opening, coning and three pulls
  • Basics of shaping and using tools for finish
  • Keep one cup and one bowl for trimming next week

Week Three

  • Trimming – foot rims
  • Pulling handles and adding handles
  • Shaping for bottles, jugs and closed over forms
  • Keep three items for trimming next week

Week Four

  • Trimming
  • Bat rings and throwing on a bat
  • Throwing a plate
  • Throwing off the mound 
  • Introduction to lids and galleries

The best way to get the most out of your four week Potter’s Wheel Introduction Class is to also purchase an Open Studio Class pass. You can have additional practice time, and extra time to trim and put your work together. Our teachers will keep an eye on your progress in Open Studio Class. You can also make other items as you choose during this time. 

Find out more about Open Studio Classes here.

Please indicate your interest for the Potters Wheel Introduction Class using the form


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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