8-week Wednesday Evening Pottery Class with Chris Pavlov

8th May – 26th June
6:00pm – 8:30pm

A comprehensive 8-week pottery course that will guide you through every step involved in making a finished ceramic piece – from preparing clay to applying glazes. We will cover some fundamental theory and focus on practicing different techniques for both throwing on the wheel and handbuilding. You will get the chance to explore making a variety of shapes such as plant pots, cups, handled mugs and jugs, plates, bowls, and many others:

Week 1 & 2: Clay preparation + handbuilding
Week 3 & 4: Throwing/trimming on the wheel
Week 5-8: Practice + glazing

The course takes place in our studio in the Jewellery Quarter and is suitable for adults who are starting out on their clay journey as well as intermediate makers who would like to improve their skills. Group numbers are capped at 8 people to ensure that every student receives enough one-to-one tuition and to allow a comfortable working environment.

If you would like to get your pieces fired there is an extra charge of £5 per kilogram of clay (for example, a regular sized mug is £2.50). Working with clay is a messy business, remember to bring an apron and trim long nails as they can get in the way of your creative expression. Please bear in mind that it could take up to a month after the end of the course for pots to go through the final glaze kiln before you can collect them.

Refunds & Cancellations:
Please appreciate that Pavlov Ceramics is a small independent studio and any timetable changes directly affect our ability to keep it running. Refunds and rescheduling can only be offered up to 14 days prior to the date of a regular course.

Please note that Pottery Studio Pavlov Ceramics(School of Clay Ltd.) acts as a disclosed agent for the course tutor Alison Gillies. The course will be supplied by Alison Gillies and you will receive their invoice for your payment in a separate email.

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Teacher profile: Chris Pavlov


I set up the pottery studio in 2018 at a very difficult point in my life – ceramics had become a means of escaping the world, a sanctuary, and it only made sense that instead of escaping I should create the environment that my heart was so desperately seeking and share it with others.

Through my work, I pay tribute to clay – the humble material that enables the ceramic process. Sometimes, it is found and used in its natural state. On other occasions, I would reconstitute and labouriously blend it to achieve the colour of cliffs yet unseen. Every piece I make, however, is always hand-thrown on the wheel and meticulously finished into a pot that bears the marks of its own story.

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Pavlov Ceramics

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84E Vyse Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B186HA

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