23 & 24 July | Introduction to Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel (age 11+)

Dates: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July
Times: 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00 (two half days but both can be booked)
Tutor: Polly Cazalet

½ day – £65
1 day – £120
2 days – £220


Biscuit firing form ½ day: £18
Biscuit firing from 1 day: £28
Biscuit firing from 2 days: £38

Glaze sessions: 3 August (AM and PM) £65 per sessionv(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.


Glaze sessions: 3 August or 20 August or 13 September

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 in Messums Wiltshire Gallery in Tisbury?

Course description:

This is a short taster workshop ideal for those who have always longed to have a go.  This course will provide you with the ideal opportunity to try out the potter’s wheel, to have fun making your first masterpiece and to see if you too will ‘get the bug’ with Polly Cazalet.  This course will concentrate on just throwing. The shapes you will be learning will be small flat bottom bowls and cylindrical forms. Depending on how much practice you will want to gain, you can chose to join Polly for half day or more.

Polly began working in clay in her early 20s inspired by the traditional potters she encountered while travelling in Asia, Africa and the Middle East with a documentary television company. Her love of ceramics developed further during this time under the guidance of inspiring teachers including Richard Phethean, Joanna Howells, Mirka Golden-Hann, and Akiko Hirai. Ten years ago Polly moved from London to Dorset, where she set up a home studio and began to explore working with porcelain.

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 all. Young people aged 11+ are welcome providing that they come together with an adult who is also a member of the class