29, 30 & 31 July | Throwing Day (age 14+)

Dates: Friday 29, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July
Times: 10.00 – 17.00 (lunch break mid-day)
Tutors: Mirka Golden-Hann (Friday) and Andy Glass (Saturday and Sunday)

1 day £120
2 days £220
3 days £310
You are welcome to book one, two or all three days, depending on how much time you would like to spend working on the potter’s wheel.

Biscuit firing:
1 day £28
2 days £40
3 days £50


Glaze sessions 20 August or 13 September (AM and PM sessions) £65 per session (glazes and glaze firing included). Please note in order to glaze, you will need to book biscuit firing.
Glazing by studio: please see studio notice board for prices. Please note, if you would like us to glaze, you will need to book biscuit firing.

Please note – lunch is not included in the cost of the course. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Or why not have your lunch in our amazing Mess Restaurant at Messums Wiltshire Gallery in Tisbury? The Mess restaurant is open Thursday to Monday (11 – 3pm).

Course description:

This course offers a perfect opportunity to get to grips with throwing on the potters wheel. Beginners and improvers are welcome to come to learn from our tutors Mirka Golden-Hann and Andy Glass during these three days. Throwing will be demonstrated and practiced on all three days, but if you choose to attend more than one day you will be also taught trimming, turning a foot ring, and making handles.

Mirka Golden-Hann is a ceramic artist and teacher with over 20 years’ experience. After graduating from the University of Westminster, Harrow Ceramics, in 1999 she set up her first workshop and built a salt-kiln. After gaining her MA Ceramics at Bath Spa in 2009 she became Resident Artist at Salisbury Arts Centre (Wiltshire Creative) where she runs a busy teaching pottery and visual arts programme. Mirka has been involved with Messums Creative from the beginning and she oversees the programming for the studio.

Andy Glass is Messums Creative technical expert and pottery tutor. Andy completed his degree in Ceramics in 1996 at the University of Derby. After university he worked as a production thrower for several years and consequently in the early 00’s developed his ceramic practice through a series of Artistic Residencies at Cranleigh Arts Centre in Surrey, South Hill Park Arts Centre, and Wysning Arts Centre. His career includes a wide teaching portfolio as well as kiln and pottery equipment engineering. Andy has decided to step away from his engineering job in order to concentrate on returning to developing his own creative voice.

Materials explained: Clay will be provided as part of the course. There is no extra charge if you wish to take home your unfired pieces. If you would like us to fire your work for you to have as a forever keepsake or to use in order later to learn about how to glaze, please add into your basket the biscuit firing option. If you would like to attend our glaze session please also add into your basked the glaze session. In studio ceramics we refer to the first firing as ‘biscuit’ (or ‘bisque’) firing. This firing turns clay into hard ceramic material upon which glaze is applied ready for the second firing which is called gloss or glaze firing. Clay is fired to approximately 1000 C for the first Biscuit firing. The second, glaze firing is either fired at Stoneware temperature (approximately 1250 C) or Earthenware to approximately 1050C. At Messums Creative we embrace sustainable creative learning practice and our system is designed to enable our students to make the best choice for them.

Bring: apron, pencil, notebook. Please wear closed-toe shoes.

This course is intended for adults but may be attended by students aged 14+ providing that they come together with an adult who is also a member of the class.