Workshops & Events

Potclays has hosted a comprehensive programme of courses & workshops covering many aspects of ceramics for over 35 years, attracting a wide audience ranging from the complete beginner to professional practitioners. Many of our courses are especially useful to teachers, tutors and technicians working in primary, secondary, further & higher education. We carefully select the most respected, knowledgeable and qualified hosts to present our courses and seminars.

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Potclays has hosted a comprehensive programme of courses & workshops covering many aspects of ceramics for over 35 years, attracting a wide audience ranging from the complete beginner to professional practitioners.

Many of our courses are especially useful for teachers, tutors and technicians working in primary, secondary and further education.

We carefully select the most respected, knowledgeable and qualified hosts to present our courses and seminars.

Select your skill level. 1 is basic, 2 is intermediate, 3 is advanced.

Mayco Pottery Camp (Sept) with Crista Toler of Mayco Colors

Mayco Pottery Camp (Sept)

Start Dates: 28th September & 2017-09-29

Duration: 2 days

Level: 1 2 3

NEW

Price: £125

 

 

WE ARE NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 POTTERY CAMP AT POTCLAYS WITH CRISTA TOLER!

Dates:Thurs 28 Sept 9.00-16.00 | Fri 29 Sept 9.00-16.00
Fee:£125.00pp

Five exciting special tailored projects.

What is Mayco Pottery Camp?
Pottery Camp is a two-day educational event designed for PYOP businesses, teachers and enthusiasts. Studios are updated on new product usage, design and application techniques are shared and best practices for a retail studio are discussed. It also offers a perfect opportunity to chat with likeminded people, share ideas, and generally put the PYOP world to rights! Experienced Mayco tutor Crista Toler of Mayco Colors USA will be flying over specially from the States to host Pottery Camp.

How is our Pottery Camp different?
Each year we listen to what you really want from Pottery Camp and tailor the projects accordingly. We think you’re going to love what we’ve got planned!
Our version of Pottery Camp is unique - we have worked closely with our partners, Mayco, to pull together a specially tailored series of projects on a variety of bisque shapes.We restrict the number of bookings we take to allow more one-to-one with the tutor. Oversubscription can detract from your experience of Pottery Camp.Potclays are EXCLUSIVE importers of Bisque Imports - you won't get BI anywhere else.Our Pottery Campers can take advantage of individual pieces at case prices.Plenty of special offers across our entire portfolio of PYOP supplies.

What's included?
Access to exclusive projects personally tailored especially for you.All materials used for the projectsA delicious lunch and all-day-long refreshments on both days (please make sure you inform us of special dietary requirements when booking)The chance to buy individual pieces off the shelf at case prices.Great discounts across all your PYOP supplies.A warm, friendly, welcoming reception from the Potclays PYOP team.The chance to chat and share ideas with likeminded PYOPers.

Remember..a Potclays Pottery Camper is a Happy Camper!

Basic Throwing (Oct) with Kevin Millward

Basic Throwing (Oct)

Start Dates: 09th October & 2017-10-10

Duration: 2 Days

Level: 1

Price: £220

***PLEASE INFORM US OF DIETARY REQUIREMENTS WHEN MAKING YOUR BOOKING***


Title Basic Throwing
Host/s Kevin Millward
Duration 2 days
Month OCT
Date/s Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th
Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00
Ability Basic
Guidelines None
Fee inc VAT £220
Please bring Towel, apron, notepad, pen, boards to get your work home

An outstandingly popular two-day basic level course covering the basics of throwing using Shimpo potter’s wheels. On the first day you will learn to wedge, centre and throw. Kevin will show you the basic techniques needed for different thrown forms such as cylinders, vases, bowls and platters. You will learn how to  apply pattern directly to the thrown surface and how different hand tools can be used effectively for this purpose. On the second day you will learn to 'turn' and refine your leatherhard pots using various hand tools. Places are very limited (max. 10 places) to ensure maximum attention for each student so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

Kevin Millward is an internationally respected potter well-known for presenting seminars, workshops and lectures, as well as training potters from all over the world. In last 20 years Kevin has been teaching at BA Hons courses all over the UK. Most recently he was technical consultant for Love Productions' 2015 series The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Important information

  • Please inform us of dietary requirements when making your booking
  • Read full details of our courses at https://www.potclays.co.uk/studio/pages/17715/courses
  • At the end of the course an optional factory tour will be offered, giving a unique insight into how our clay is made.
  • LUNCH

    Lunch will consist of a deli bag prepared by The Quarter café in Piccadilly, Hanley.

    Please indicate your options for each day of the course in special instructions at checkout, ensuring you include details of special dietary requirements. If no options are indicated, random choice/s will be selected for you. 

    The Quarter are able to cater for the following special dietary requirements:

     

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • Dairy-free

     

    Unfortunately, The Quarter cannot guarantee their food is free of nut traces. If you have dietary requirements outside of this list, please contact us as we are able to offer a course fee reduction in return for bringing your own packed lunch.

    The Quarter Deli bags contain: Filled ciabatta roll, carton of juice, piece of fruit, flapjack (or similar). Contents may vary according to availability but they will endeavour to cater as closely as possible to your choices.

    Options

    Please indicate your choice for each day of the course in Special Instructions at checkout. If no options are indicated, choice/s will be made for you.

    • Chicken
    • Ham
    • Beef
    • Tuna
    • Bacon, Avocado & Lettuce
    • Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil (V)

    Tilemaking with Richard Miller

    Tilemaking

    Start Dates: 24th October & 2017-10-25

    Duration: 2 Days

    Level: 1 2

    NEW

    Price: £199

    ***PLEASE INFORM US OF DIETARY REQUIREMENTS WHEN MAKING YOUR BOOKING***

    Title Tilemaking
    Host/s Richard Miller
    Duration 2 days
    Month OCTOBER
    Date/s Tue 24 + Wed 25
    Time (approx.) 9.00-16.00
    Ability Basic>Intermediate
    Guidelines None
    Fee inc VAT £199
    Please bring Towel, apron, notepad, pen, boards to get your work home

    This two-day basic to intermediate level course offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the fascinating process of tile-making. Richard will begin with an introductory presentation during which he will provide a brief background to his practice and his tile company - Froyle Tiles. You will then move on to the production of a carved set of tiles. Slip decorating techniques will be explored using the designs created for carving, and you will be guided through an assortment of stencilling and inlay techniques.

    Richard Miller specialises in domestic stoneware as well as running Froyle Tiles - a business he took over in 2005 and reinvented to become a prospering bespoke tile company. Richard and his work have featured on television on a number of occasions - notably on ‘Kirstie’s Vintage Home’ on Channel 4 in November 2012, and Richard was the on-screen technician for hit BBC series The Great Pottery Throw Down.

    LUNCH

    Lunch will consist of a deli bag prepared by The Quarter café in Piccadilly, Hanley.

    Please indicate your options for each day of the course in special instructions at checkout, ensuring you include details of special dietary requirements. If no options are indicated, random choice/s will be selected for you. 

    The Quarter are able to cater for the following special dietary requirements:

     

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • Dairy-free

     

    Unfortunately, The Quarter cannot guarantee their food is free of nut traces. If you have dietary requirements outside of this list, please contact us as we are able to offer a course fee reduction in return for bringing your own packed lunch.

    The Quarter Deli bags contain: Filled ciabatta roll, carton of juice, piece of fruit, flapjack (or similar). Contents may vary according to availability but they will endeavour to cater as closely as possible to your choices.

    Options

    Please indicate your choice for each day of the course in Special Instructions at checkout. If no options are indicated, choice/s will be made for you.

    • Chicken
    • Ham
    • Beef
    • Tuna
    • Bacon, Avocado & Lettuce
    • Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil (V)