Northcote Pottery Supplies

Northcote Pottery Supplies

Brunswick East, VIC

Wheel Throwing Monday 6pm-8.30pm

What to Bring

  • Towel and apron are essential

What to Wear

  • This course is hands on, wear appropriate clothing. Covered shoes are a must.

Wheel Throwing Monday 6pm-8.30pm

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Monday 11 April - 23 May 6pm-8.30pm (six sessions)
  • Please note: No class Monday 25 April, Anzac Day.

What You Will Learn

  • How to centre clay on the wheel
  • How to throw and turn cylinder and bowl forms on the wheel
  • How to glaze and decorate your pieces

What You Get

  • The fundamental skills of throwing
  • Glazed and finished cylindrical forms and bowls to take home


Learn the age-old technique of forming pots on the wheel with an experienced tutor. In this six week course (one class per week) you will learn the fundamental skills of wheel throwing. This will include centring clay on the wheel, throwing cylinder and bowl forms, and turning. You will also be introduced to a range of decorative techniques, including underglaze colours, glaze and tissue transfers. At the completion of the course you will have your own glazed pots and bowls to take home and use. This course is ideal for beginners. 

The cost of this course includes one bag of clay (buff stoneware), use of wheel and tools, firing, and materials for decorating and glazing. Our pottery supply shop stocks a wide variety of products you may wish to explore further and is open during business hours. This course will have a maximum of 10 students.


Week 1: 

Overview of the course

Introduction to clay and the ceramic process

Clay preparation techniques (wedging)

Tutor demonstrations of centering clay on the wheel

Students learning to centre clay on the wheel

Week 2:

Refresher of preparing and centering clay on the wheel

Learning the techniques to create cylindrical forms on the wheel

Week 3:

Tutor demonstrations of turning/trimming pots

Students turning/trimming cylinders

Students continue making cylindrical forms on the wheel

Students learn the techniques to create bowls on the wheel

Week 4:

Shop Tours - please arrive 10 mins early for your class if you would like to attend a brief tour of our shop and SMALLpieces

Students turning/trimming cylinders and bowls

Students continue making cylinders and bowls on the wheel

Week 5:

Turning/trimming all cylinders and bowls

Learning and applying decorative techniques - underglaze colours and tissue transfers

Very important that all work is finished and ready for bisque firing (the first firing)

Week 6:

Discussion of glazes and glaze application

Glaze demonstrations (dipping, pouring)

Students applying glaze to all their work for final firing

* After the completion of the course work generally takes two weeks to be fired and ready for collection. 

Lesley Ens Tutor Profile

Lesley is an experienced ceramic teacher. She has been teaching wheel throwing and hand building classes at CAE, Box Hill TAFE and community neighbourhood houses for over 12 years. She is an enthusiastic teacher who loves sharing her extensive knowledge about the process of wheel throwing with her students. She likes to create a learning environment that is fun, informative and supportive so that students can be at their creative best. Lesley will also be teaching our four week Wheel Throwing Teapots Course in November 2015.

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May 2016
Wheel Throwing Monday 6pm-8.30pm - 11 Apr 2016 6:00 PM

I went into the course not having any prior knowledge of the skills of pottery. I learnt lots of new skills and really enjoyed practicing what we were shown by our teacher. She was excellent at explaining the different techniques and was always available and willing to help all of the students. I think it would have been benefial to have the class go for a couple of more weeks because I was really stressed at the end making sure I used all my clay and getting everything done ready for firing. But overall a great experience!!

Mar 2016
Wheel Throwing Monday 6pm-8.30pm - 01 Feb 2016 6:00 PM

Had a lot of fun, small, intimate classes and easy to follow instructions!