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image for Workshop/Course item typeBeginners Throwing Course at Valentine Clays

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Workshop/Course, from 24 Feb 2018




Debbie Tams



Valentine Way,

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This course which will be run by experienced Potter Matthew Dimbleby is an opportunity to have a one to one experience for those who would love to learn how to throw with clay. This day course which takes place at the LoveClay workshop facility at Valentine Clays HQ in Fenton will give you knowledge of how to:

• Prepare clay (wedging and kneading)
• Centre the clay
• Throw cylinders with the aim of producing forms of even thickness
• Developing basic forms
• Wiring pots off the wheel

At the end of the course you will then have the choice of up to 2 pots that will be glazed and fired.

There are a maximum of 7 places available with each student having their own wheel for use throughout the day. Basic materials, tools and lunch will be provided.

The price for a 1 day beginners throwing course is £120 per person

Teacher Information
The courses will be run by trained potter and teacher Mathew Dimbleby who has worked in ceramics and the arts for over 30 years. This has included manufacturing, teaching, Education Management and lecturing. Mathew holds a degree in Design and Ceramics and a PGCE teaching qualification and currently runs Dimbleby Ceramics.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Disabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 24 Feb 2018 10:00 to 16:00
Sat 24 Mar 2018 10:00 to 16:00
One day course (10am - 4pm)


£120 per person



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Map reference: SJ 895443  Lat: 52.99635 Long: -2.15740

Parking: free


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors


  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system