Courses
 
One week intensive courses
 
These courses offer five solid days of supervised practice in all the basic pottery skills – throwing , turning, handling, glazing and decorating.
 
The standard procedure at Hookshouse is raw glazing and once firing, i.e. no biscuit firing, so you will be able to continue working on your pieces right through to the end of the week, and will be allocated space for a small body of work in the next suitable firing here.
 
 
A lot of experience in the diagnosis of throwing problems has accumulated here over the years, and a wide ranging set of remedies has been developed. Proactive tuition in throwing technique, and in the related skills of turning, handling, glazing and decorating will be very much part of the course. Students usually discover that there is a way to move on to another level of throwing skill after all, and have a lot of fun in the process!
 
Dates for 2017 are:
 
Monday April 3rd to Friday April 7th
Monday July 3rd to Friday July 7th
 
The cost for 2017 will be £375. Fired pots charged by weight, otherwise materials included in the cost of the course.
 
To discuss whether this is the right course for you, or to reserve a place, please ring Chris White on 01666 880297 or email hookshouse@hotmail.co.uk
 
Other short courses
 
Half day throwing skills ‘clinics’ take place once a month on Wednesdays. These are built around focussed work on a particular shape or throwing technique. Alternatively you may request help with a problem of your own.
 
Space for an individual student is also often available on Thursdays. Details on request.
 
DVD, ‘Rings of Clay’
 
There is now a DVD, ‘Rings of Clay’, filmed in the workshop at Hookshouse, which covers most of the basic principles and techniques of throwing. This is not just a demonstration by the master potter, it faces up to the real difficulties which real students encounter, and offers diagnosis and cure. Very useful to give a taste of what the teaching approach is at Hookshouse, or to act as a reminder of things you have already been taught here or elsewhere.
 
The cost is £10, and you can order a copy by phone or email.