Artist Potter - Richard Phethean - Pottery Tutor


Intensive Five Day Throwing Blocks

Just make better pots

Specifically dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the craft of the potter's wheel for small, mixed ability groups of beginners, amateurs, undergraduates, teachers and professionals.

Courses aim to provide a disciplined and creative environment where students can learn solid, practical skills, and raise their own standards in both the quality and aesthetic integrity of their finished work.

Novices will receive a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of the craft, and others, a thorough review of their existing skills before progressing onto new challenges.

The course content varies, but in general focuses on the generic forms and techniques – clay preparation, cylinders, bellies, bowls and plates, lips, handles and lids etc. There are regular demonstrations for both the group as a whole and one-to-one when required. A maximum group size of only 9 ensures plenty of individual attention, and allow students to pursue their own agendas.

As Richard is specialist in the medium, a session on slip decoration is commonly incorporated towards the end of the course. There will be a supply of prepared red earthenware clay, but there is stoneware clay available if you prefer to use it.

There is no kiln firing during the week, this is an intensive, making and refining block. Students may take unfired work home, but are encouraged to be very selective.

Come to work hard and improve your skills dramatically.


Courses start with an orientation and welcome dinner on the Sunday evening at 6pm. Work then begins at 9.30am on Monday morning and ends on Friday at 4pm. Daily tutored time: 9.30am to 5.30pm. (NB the 2018 Wnter course will begin on the evening of Monday 1st and end on Satuday 6th January) 
Daily untutored studio time: 8-9.30am, 5.30-8pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided each day.

Fee: £480

(please go to the course bookings page for 2018 dates and availability)


Tresabenn, Lower Kenneggy Lane, Penzance, Cornwall TR20 9AP

The 15 x 5 m studio is set in its own gardens and located at Lower Kenneggy, just off the A394 between Penzance and Helston about a mile from the rugged Atlantic coastline in an area designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are many options for accommodation locally, including B&B, self-catering cottages and apartments, hotels or caravan and camping sites.

Travel by road using the M5 and A30 from Exeter and by rail to Penzance (15 minutes away) or by air to either Newquay (an hour away) or Exeter (two and a quarter hours away).