Old Stables Studio

Pottery courses in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Pottery Bootcamp


Course length: Monday to Friday

Time: 10.00am - 5.00pm

Focus: Rare opportunity to spend an entire intensive week improving your throwing skills

Suitable for: Intermediates

A full week to emerse yourself in clay!

This course isn’t for the complete novice, it is an improver course for those who would like a boost to progress more quickly or to enable learners to really advance their skills on the wheel in a shorter amount of time. (If you are a complete beginner we would recommend booking our Weekend on the Wheel course in preparation to booking this one.) For people with a little experience already, this pottery ‘boot camp’ will really keep you completely focussed on boosting your skill level and achieving results, increasing size, height and learning repetition throwing. There will be demonstrations and guided practice on offer via exercises specifically designed to hown  your skills and discipline your hand eye coordination … hup two three four – keep it up two three four.  You may already have your own idea about what you want to specifically improve, in which case it is possible that tutorials can be tailored to your own requirements if negotiated beforehand.

It is important to note that this course is about a focus on technique rather than ‘rescuing flops’. The cost of the course covers clay & materials & tools to learn and practice, tuition, and use of a designated potters wheel through the week. Materials to keep will be costed and charged by weight, at the end of the week you can choose to take the pots you have made away with you to glaze and fire yourself or you can leave some with us to fire for you to pick up at a later date.

There will also be a unique opportunity to take part in a Smoke Firing, Naked Raku and Horsehair firing.

The course includes lovely simple homemade vegetarian lunches (usually vegetable based soups, crusty bread, cheese and fruit) and endless cups of tea and coffee. We think you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the studio and the quirky arty town of Hebden Bridge. Book into a local B&B and take a pottery bootcamp holiday!

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