Throwing Courses

One day Beginners Throwing course


The day will cover the following elements

Clay preparation

Centring the clay

Throwing cylinders with the aim of producing forms of even thickness.

Developing basic forms

Wiring pots off the wheel


There is a maximum of three spaces to book on the course giving really focused tution. if you book more than one place there is a reduced price of  £25 per head  making a two or three place booking £150 per person for a day course. if you book for one you have the option to bring a friend with you to observe.


Refreshments will be provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.


To arrange a suitable date please call 01782 641923 or 07900582268


Cost £175


Extra Information


Longer courses are available on request. We are based near the historic Trentham Gardens where there is a Premier inn within  walking distance. There is also a travelodge which is also within walking distance at the Trentham Hotel if you require accommodation and which to visit the area whilst here.


The courses are run by trained potter and teacher Mathew Dimbleby at his ceramics studio.


Mathew has worked in ceramics and the arts for over 30 years. This has included manufacturing, teaching, Education Management and lecturing.


Mathew holds a degree in Design and Ceramics and a PGCE teaching qualification.

Course tutor

Absolute beginners, my friend and I shared the Potters Wheel Workshop day. With beautiful surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere, we had the most brilliant time. Matthew is an excellent teacher, very methodical and super patient. We’d both thrown a cylinder by lunchtime and Matthew introduced us to bowl making in the afternoon. We left our best efforts with Matthew for firing later (all included in the price) and took our ‘less than perfect’ attempts home for the approbation of our families. A five star rating is simply not high enough!Double click to insert body text here ...

Reviews from customers

This has to be one of the best courses I have been on. We travelled from London to do this course. I have always wanted to give pottery a try but concerned about my experience. Mathew put me at ease, he is a fantastic teacher with an easy-going but passionate attitude toward pottery. Both my husband and I are beginners, learnt at our own pace and felt incredibly confident by the end of the day. Mathew showed us techniques in bite size practical elements that we were able to replicate. By the end of the day we had created bowls, cylinderical forms and a cat bowl that were all good enough for us to use at home (the competition also grew between us to make more and more technical vessels haha). I wish I could post you pictures to see how far we'd come. We didn't want the day end. I have already recommended this course to friends and family that have asked about it following a social media post about our day. A BIG thumbs up from us for Dimbleby Ceramics.

Robert and Hima Knapp

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