Progress Your Throwing Skills – Intermediate 3

Progress Your Throwing Skills – Intermediate 3

Duration: 5 weeks
Start Date: Thursday 15 June 2023 (Induction: Thursday 8 June 2023)
Day and time: Thursday, 12.30-3.30pm (Induction: 12.30-2.30pm)
Course fees: £43.50 / FREE inc clay (fee remissions available)
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

If you have a good knowledge in the subject and wish to use your creative skills for personal development and career progression, then this five-week course is for you.

We aim in this class to further your creative confidence by developing your knowledge in throwing on the wheel and the final decoration stages. We intend to build your confidence through participation, by creating plates and larger bowls as well as the skill of throwing on pottery batts.

Entry Requirements

You must be able to successfully throw a minimum of 600g and create a vase on the wheel.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Content

You will develop your own self confidence by learning how to throw on batts, enabling true creative independence, building up skills and confidence to throw without tutor assistance. You will have technical support from the tutor during this time when required but will be working independently where you feel confident to make a set project on the wheel within a specified time frame.

The intended outcome of this exercise is to enable you to be able to throw larger more intricate projects and understand how to balance the weight of the clay in the base to reduce the risks of thermal stress/ s cracks in larger projects. Should you wish to begin selling work this five-week course aims to build your confidence and independence.

During this five-week course we will cover:

  • Techniques and skills that will help you to hone your knowledge of throwing larger projects
  • Centring on a Batt
  • Creating plates and larger bowls practicing throwing the same shape using light stoneware, buff stoneware, and porcelain
  • Where you can source resources and ceramic materials for you to make ware independently
  • Health and safety measures when handling these materials
  • Explore different clay bodies over the 5 weeks and learn how a glaze reacts with it, evaluating how the differences can be utilised to achieve your personal design aims
  • Use of the studio space, facilities, and extensive materials

Assessment Method

This course uses RARPA as its method of assessment.

RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement which is the process of assessment for non-accredited learning. It is a means of validating the outcomes of programmes which do not result in qualifications. RARPA is a five-stage process which measures and records learners’ progress, achievements and attendance.

Where can it lead?

You may wish to progress on to one of our other pottery and ceramics courses or take a qualification such as:

Level 1 Award Craft Skills Using Natural Materials

Level 2 Certificate in Creative Crafts

These skills could be used in the following job roles:

  • Ceramics Designer
  • Kiln Operative
  • Own Business

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