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

What to bring
  • Towel and apron are essential
What to wear

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


Northcote Pottery Supplies

Vendor since 2013

At Northcote Pottery Supplies we sell quality pottery materials including clay, glaze, tools and kiln products. We also offer a broad range of short courses, workshops and masterclasses for those wanting to expand their knowledge of ceramics. We are proud to house SMALLpieces, a retail space offering a wide variety of hand crafted ceramic ware produced by Australian artists and provide oppotunities through our resident artist, studio access and membership programs and firing service. All of these areas come together to promote ceramics, educate and inspire.

All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels.

For more information on our range of supplies, educational program or other services call 9387 3911 or visit

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Terms & Conditions

Please take the time to read through our conditions before you make your booking.


  • To secure your place in a course or one-day workshop we require full payment at the time of booking.
  • Payment can be made in store, over the phone, online, or by direct deposit.
  • Cancellations will forfeit the full fee. However, you may find a replacement to take your place.
  • We are unable to transfer bookings or offer make-up classes under any circumstances.
  • A minimum of five people are required to run courses and one-day workshops. Northcote Pottery Supplies reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum number of bookings is not reached. You will be notified at least one week prior to the class if cancellation is deemed necessary.


Courses: Course fees include all materials and firing costs for the course. When collecting work after the completion of the course please bring your own box and packaging material.

One-Day Workshops: One-day workshop fees include all materials required for the workshop, unless otherwise stated in workshop outlines. Firing is NOT included in all one-day workshop fees, unless otherwise stated in the workshop outline. Northcote Pottery Supplies Firing Service is $9.00/kilo (minimum 2 kilos). Please bring your own box to take home work in progress.

Clothing: All course and workshops are hands on, please wear appropriate clothing (that you are prepared to get dirty!), covered shoes are essential.

Bring: YOUR OWN TOWEL AND/OR APRON TO CLASS. This is especially important for wheel throwing courses and workshops.

Firing of work: We take extreme care with your work but accidents do happen and we are unable to guarantee that all your work will be successfully fired.

Work created: items created during a course or workshop will be kept for one month from the last day of the course. If work is not collected within this time it will be disposed of.

Returning students: Students who are returning (directly from the previous course) are eligible for a 10% discount on the course fee. This applies to four and six week courses only. It is the responsibility of the student to inform staff they are eligible for this discount when making payment. We are unable to give retrospective discounts.

Refreshments: Tea and coffee are freely available all day. Saturday workshops tend to work through the lunch break please consider bringing your lunch to maximise contact with the tutor. There are also cafes located on Lygon Street within, short walking distance from Northcote Pottery Supplies.

Parking: Angle parking is available across the road from Northcote Pottery Supplies. Be careful not to park in time limited spaces.

Tutors: All Northcote Pottery Supplies tutors have extensive experience in their field and are experienced teachers. Our workshops are designed to cater to a variety of skill levels and all workshops are suitable for beginners to more experienced levels unless otherwise stated in the outline. Our workshop tutors actively seek feedback from participants during class. If you have further questions about our workshops please contact us on 03 9387 3911 or email

Mailing List: When you book into a course with Northcote Pottery Supplies you will be added to our mailing list and be notified of upcoming courses, one-day workshops, masterclasses and special events. You are able to unsubscribe at any time.



(Phone) 03 9387 3911 (Fax) 03 9387 4011

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27 May 2016 • Wheel Throwing Monday 6pm-8.30pm

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!!


10 March 2016 • Wheel Throwing Monday 6pm-8.30pm

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