Potter’s Wheel Master Class

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

16 Week Master Class

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

Workshops and Short Courses are also offered for the Potter’s Wheel!


Potter’s Wheel Master Class

16 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 July 27th – Saturdays at 10am – 12 noon – click here to book!

Potter’s Wheel Master Class

The full cost of this course is $1400 (which includes a Firebird Studios Compact Potter’s Wheel to take home and keep!). 

Course fees include all clay (plus free bags to take home with you) – we will be using primarily Walkers #10 fine white stoneware clay. The clay will often times be recycled clay. On the whole you will only keep a small percentage of the work you do, as practice is all about cutting things in half! The work you keep can be fired if you choose. Decorating and glazing your work will not be done as part of the course, however there will be around one hour after each class for you to do those tasks. We highly recommend that students taking this course also participate in Open Studio Classes where you can finish, decorate and glaze your work!

Week One

  • Clay preparation
  • Wedging
  • Rams head kneading
  • Spiral kneading
  • Centre like a boss

Week Two

  • Clay prep
  • Centring review
  • Centre and open
  • Open for flat base
  • Open for bowl base
  • Keep one cylinder and one bowl fro trimming next week

Week Three

  • Review
  • Trimming basics
  • Coning for cylinders
  • Coning for bowls
  • Keep one bowl and one cylinder for trimming next week.

Week Four

  • Review
  • Trimming
  • First pull for cylinders
  • First pull for bowls
  • Complete a cylinder with 400g clay
  • Complete a bowl with 400g clay 

Week Five

  •  Shaping
  • Control the shape of cups and bowls
  • Throw the shapes to a template
  • Using 500g clay

Week Six

  • Adding handles and lugs 
  • Using bat rings and bats
  • Plates and bowls at 600g
  • Various ways to open and make plates

Week Seven

  • Trimming plates
  • Practice bowls and cylinders with 700g clay

Week Eight

  • Trim larger cylinders
  • Bat ring and 800g plates and bowls

Week Nine

  • 800g cylinders
  • Shape the cylinders – necks and jugs
  • Trim plates and bowls

Week Ten

  • Trimming – foot options, decorative feet
  • Adding lugs and larger handles
  • Make 10 cups all the same with 500g

Week Eleven

  • Trimming cups
  • Decorations in the clay
  • Add handles to cups
  • Make 10 bowls all the same

Week Twelve

  • Trimming bowls
  • Hollow ramekin handles
  • Bottles and narrow neck vases
  • 200g to 1kg clay

Week Thirteen

  • Trimming necked items on a chuck
  • Lidded containers
  • Various types of lids
  • Fitting considerations

Week Fourteen

  • Trimming lidded containers
  • Make teapots 
  • Throw off mound
  • Making spouts and lids

Week Fifteen

  • Finishing teapots
  • Throwing 2 kg of clay

Week Sixteen

  • Throw to spec
  • Calculating shrinkage
  • Revision

Well done! You have probably learned more in 16 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 Workshops

Not ready to commit to a full 16 week Master Class on the Wheel? Why not try your hand at a 2 hour workshop first? 

You will learn the basics of centring, opening, making a base and drawing up the walls. Even though the potter’s wheel is a master craftsperson skill, you will come away with a bowl and a cup! (Ready to collect in roughly three weeks from the workshop). The cost of each Beginner Potter’s Wheel Workshop is $75.

Go to our Schedule page to find the next course!

Potter's Wheel Short Course

Want to kick start your throwing, or correct bad habits? Then perhaps our Potter’s Wheel Short Course is the tuition level you need!

Firebird Studios Potter’s Wheel 4 Week Short Course covers the basics – how to centre like a boss, opening, coning, pulling, controlling the rim and trimming basics. We look at cylinders and bowl shapes throughout the course. From these basic shapes you can learn to throw just about anything!

Next Short Course – August 5th 2019

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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