nose to the grindstone

That's what it felt like the other week when I took part in an intensive throwing course 
to refine my throwing skills.

Learning to throw (in pottery language that’s working at the wheel) is a bit like learning to drive, teaching hand and feet to carry out separate yet coordinated movements which – with regards to pottery – combine to make a lump of clay behave itself so it can be transformed into whatever shape is intended.

So I took myself off to Oxfordshire to meet up with eight other enthusiasts - or should I say foolhardies -  for 5 days of endurance training with Richard Phethean, a ceramics graduate of Camberwell School of Arts and Fellow of the UK Craft Potters Association.

Jug by Richard Phethean
It’s amazing what 5 days of hard graft under the watchful eye of a master will do for you. We worked from 9-7 every day on what seemed about every shape under the sun – cylinders, mugs, jugs, bowls, plates, pots with lids, even teapots (one of the trickier things to get right).

It was hard work but at the same time absolutely exhilarating. Back at my digs at night I was still firing on all cylinders ;) until the early hours reading and watching videos to consolidate what I’d learnt.

My car boot (I confess I drive a small-booted Mini) full of the fruits of my labour, I returned home a friend richer and ...  a better potter. Another job well done :)))


  1. Hey, well done. I look forward to seeing the fruits of your labours

  2. Woww you are a great artist, your work is wonderful, congratulations. Kisses from Spain.




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