Thu Adult Pottery Studio, 09:30 – 12:00 | 16 Jan – 02 Apr


In brief

This is a mixed hand building and throwing pottery course running in the Spring Term 2020. It is suitable for adult learners; beginners as well as those with experience in pottery and ceramics.

Times and Duration

The Thursday Adult Pottery Studio course runs during term time for a duration of 10 to 13 weeks, depending on the length of the school term. There is a one week break at half term. The schedule can be found on our term timetable (please see Term Time & Holidays link above). Each class is two and a half hours long and runs on Thursday mornings from 9:30am to 12noon.

You can join this course at any point in the term, except at the last class. If you would like to join after the term has commenced, please contact us, as the price will be adjusted to reflect the number of classes left in the term. The price is calculated at £35 per class, multiplied by the number of classes remaining in the term. It is not possible to attend this course on a drop in basis. The price listed above is for the entire term, starting on 16th January 2020.

Course description

Whether you are looking for a way to express your creativity, a relaxing passtime and opportunity to make functional or sculptural objects for your home or to give as gifts, come and join us! We also cater to anyone looking for professional development, experienced workers in the art and design industry wanting to explore clay as a medium and experienced ceramic artists.

You will learn in a friendly and professional environment, in a beautiful secluded ground floor garden pottery and art studio, right in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush in West London. The teachers at Kite Studios are highly experienced and passionate, will guide you through the processes and be on hand at all times to answer questions.

This course offers a flexible approach which allows the teachers to respond to the requirements and enthusiasm of learners who may want to explore a variety of specialist techniques. At the same time we offer a structured curriculum for those with no previous experience to make sure a good foundation is set for the technical and aesthetic aspects of working with clay as a creative medium.

The Thursday morning Adult Pottery Studio course covers hand building techniques and working on the potter’s wheel. Techniques include throwing, turning, slab building, pinching, coiling and press moulding. We will also explore a variety of decorating techniques which include working with slips and glazes; including sgraffito, inlay, stamping, mono printing, slip trailing, wax resist and glazing.

Flexible course format

For beginners, the course will lead you through a progression of short projects, each of which will introduce you to basic hand building and throwing techniques, culminating in the opportunity to complete an independent project. The techniques covered will be built upon week by week, with the aim of giving you the skill set necessary to confidently create work in clay and to give expression to your ideas. You are also welcome to propose short projects which are of interest to you. This is a very flexible class format and we are happy to accommodate you.

Experienced learners joining the course are welcome to work on individual projects from the beginning and we are happy to support you in discovering and exploring new materials as well as developing and perfecting techniques to realise your projects.

Practicing the art of pottery is a wonderful way to unwind, supporting your wellbeing, while also learning a new skill and giving expression to your creativity. The two and a half hour class duration allows you time to relax and get into the flow of working creatively.

Flexible attendance options

We have excellent public transport links and all courses offer flexible attendance options for anyone with busy career schedules, shift work or childcare needs. If you miss a class one week you are welcome to make it up by attending a class in another one of our Adult Pottery Studio courses.

Included in the price

The fee for this course includes tuition and all materials. Shared tools, aprons and towels are provided. Firing fees are not included. We encourage everyone to practice, experiment, learn and enjoy!

Firing Fees

Please note that there is a charge for firing which is additional to the course cost. This helps us to keep the per-class price down. It also gives you the freedom to practice and experiment as much as you like before you decide which pieces you would like to keep, whilst also helping us do our bit for the environment!

The charge is £1 per 100g of weight of your finished work. This price includes both the bisque and the glaze firings. Our firing fees are not for profit. The work is weighed before the first firing. Firing fees can be paid at your class by cash or card.

Who teaches the course

The course tutor is Akiko Matsuda

4 in stock