Pottery - Throwing on the Wheel & Hand Building

When: Saturday, November 25th 2023, Start Time: 10:00, End Time: 16:00

Where: Cromarty Pottery

Part of:
Applied Craft Workshops

This course is held over two dates and you must be able to attend both, places are limited to six people. All the course takes place in Barbel's cosy workshop behind the Cromarty Pottery, Shore Street, Cromarty.

Saturday 25 November 10am - 4pm

Saturday 9 December 10am - 2pm

This day and half course will teach you:

  • how to throw a pot on the wheel
  • hand building techniques using slabs and coils
  • how to sculpt small pieces
  • decorating fired and unfired surfaces, glazing and slip trailing

With building and throwing all completed on the first full day, your pieces are left to dry for a week to 10 days, then fired by Barbel the potter.

Over the second, half-day, part of the course, you will decorate and glaze your work.

One week later by 15 December, your finished masterpieces will be ready to collect from Barbel’s pottery in Cromarty. Pieces can be shipped for cost.

This course is suitable for complete beginners and the more advanced potter or ceramist.

Barbel Dister originally trained as a tile-stove builder in Hamburg, before travelling across Europe working in potteries in Germany, France and Scotland. In 1990 she came to Cromarty to work in Alison Dunn’s Cromarty Pottery and has been here ever since.

She specialises in hand-making beautiful and distinctive ‘terracotta’ domestic ware and decorating and painting it by hand using ceramic pigments, white slips and slip-trailing. Her favourite motifs include cavorting ladies, flowers, birds and animals.

£140 per person, booking: download the booking form here, or email info@cromartyartstrust.org.uk or call 01381 600354.


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Contact Information

19 Bank Street, Cromarty
IV11 8YE Scotland

T: 01381 600354


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