One Day Intensive Throwing Workshops

For existing potters wanting to improve their techniques

(not suitable for beginners)



  • Tuesday 30th July 2019    10:00am – 4:00pm (COURSE FULL)

  • Tuesday 13th August 2019    10:00am – 4:00pm (COURSE FULL)


PLEASE NOTE If the course you want is full or none of the dates suit - please email your interest to me at as I will announcing further workshops in due course.



Food – drinks and biscuits provided – please bring a packed lunch (or you can buy takeaway sandwiches from one of the nearby cafes)

Class size - Two people only – you can book singly or in pairs



• Centering and coning effectively

• Achieving full height in 3 lifts

• Throwing evenly and avoiding ‘big bottoms’

THROWING OTHER TOPICS – depending on student progress

• Throwing bottles and enclosed shapes

• Final shaping and burnishing

• Throwing large pots and bowls


Note: the idea of the workshop is to focus on throwing techniques rather than making perfectly finished pots. We do this by throwing quickly then scrunching up the pot and trying again. Students can keep the odd masterpiece if they want.


Clay: Choice of Earthstone Original (ES5) white stoneware clay or Ashraf Hanna Raku clay. The Ashraf Hanna clay is suggested or students who may want to attend my Raku workshops in the future. Both of these clays throw well



Email me at and put “WORKSHOP BOOKING’ in the subject line.

Please copy the BOOKING INFORMATION below into the email, and fill in the information about yourself.

(Please note:-  if you can accept more than one of the course dates on offer then please list all the dates that you could attend – numbers are very limited and you are more likely to get on a course if you can give alternative dates)



  1. You email me with your ‘BOOKING INFORMATION’ as described above

  2. I’ll confirm receipt of your email

  3. As soon as I can, I’ll email you back confirming the date that is available and the payment details

  4. Full Payment secures your place

  5. Re cancellation  terms – see below


BOOKING INFORMATION (Fill in the information about yourself and email this to me – Step 1 above)

a) Course Name:  Throwing Workshop

b) Your Name:

c) Date(s) you could attend:

d) Summary of your pottery experience:

For a double booking please include the same details for the 2nd person also



Throwing Workshop cost £70 including materials and refreshments

Payment can be made by PayPal or bank transfer (my payment details will be sent at Step 3 above)

If cancelled 21 days or more before the course - full refund less £20 admin fee

If cancelled 20 or less days before the beginning of the course – no refund (unless I receive a booking and payment from a suitable replacement person, in which case I will refund your payment less £20 admin fee)

In the unlikely event that a course doesn’t run I’ll make a full refund


TESTIMONIAL by Laura & Rosie

Geoff Thiel invited two of us to act as guinea pigs for his proposed throwing and Raku sessions. We are both students of ceramics and have attended a class with a professional potter for several years. We throw and hand-build equally, but felt that we needed to learn new and different ways of throwing and to improve our skills.


To begin with Geoff demonstrated how to make tall cylinders with just a few throws and progressed to forming an elegant round shape with narrow top; a typical shape for Raku-fired ceramics. 


We used Geoff’s preferred clay, Ashraf Hanna, especially suitable for Raku. We wired through and split each of our efforts to examine the quality of the throw for evenness and balance. We did improve the more we practiced.


Geoff was very patient, precise and encouraging with his explanations. His studio is a light and a well laid-out space, with 2 throwing wheels, 2 kilns and all the necessary slips, glazes and equipment.


As each potter has their own techniques it was beneficial to learn a slightly different method of throwing. We both left the session encouraged and enthused and would highly recommend his classes.

Examples of student work from this workshop – showing throwing a cylinder and shaping a bottle