Oxford Art Safari – Exploring Creativity in Summer: WHEEL THROWING

Course overview

Art Safari proudly introduces wheel-throwing workshops to the wide range of ceramics courses already on offer at City of Oxford College. Pottery classes are available for all abilities.

Whether you’re a beginner eager to explore the potter’s wheel or an experienced ceramicist looking to refine your skills, this dynamic two-day course is designed to ignite your creativity and unleash your potential.

Join our small group of up to 8 participants and immerse yourself in the art of wheel-throwing under the expert guidance of our experienced potter, Jon Pain. Through step-by-step instruction and hands-on demonstration, you’ll learn essential techniques such as clay preparation, centering, and throwing a variety of forms.

If you’re a more experienced potter, you’ll have the chance to refine your technique and learn to throw bowls and plates. Jon will provide personalised tips and guidance to help you achieve your artistic vision.


Techniques covered include:

  • clay preparation (kneading and wedging)
  • centering the clay
  • throwing a range of forms
  • throwing using Earthstone clay
  • preparation and application of decorating slip
  • how to apply health and safety guidelines in a ceramics studio

Teaching methods include formal instruction, group discussion, individual tuition, and practical demonstrations, ensuring that you receive comprehensive guidance tailored to your specific needs and pace. Plus, with the opportunity to choose two of your favourite pots to be fired and taken home, you’ll leave with tangible evidence of your newfound skills and creativity.

Some experience in ceramics/pottery would be beneficial but is not essential. You will work at your own pace and level. All learners are supported by the tutor throughout each step of the wheel-throwing process.

Please bring along:

  • a sketchbook and something to write with
  • a towel
  • an apron, or wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy
  • enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn!

You must wear flat shoes as this is a safety requirement. Working with clay can get very messy!

If you have sensitive skin, you may also wish to bring hand cream, a dust mask, and washing-up gloves for added comfort.

Explore the possibilities of ceramics and pottery with our diverse range of courses at City of Oxford College. Enrol today and embark on your creative journey! 

Tutor: Jon Pain 

Jon’s career has been in the automotive sector, but his other passions are ceramics and wheel-thrown pottery. Over several years, he has been trained by Oxford’s own Ceramics tutors, Jane Hanson and Graham Hudson. He’s also attended a wide range of other courses and masterclasses with current professionals, practising various aspects of the potter’s craft. Jon enjoys chasing ever-better forms or skills.

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Meet the tutors

We want our learners to feel welcome, safe and at ease when attending our classes, especially if this is your first time attending an adult education class or if you're coming back to education after a break.
If you're interested in one of courses, meet our tutors first! You'll see they have similar passions and interests and, most importantly, the right qualifications to help you make the most of your time and money.