Beginners Wheel Throwing Taster Class

Throw your first clay creation on the pottery wheel at this Manchester class!

2 hours Class size 1 to 4     label £58

Are you ready to get your hands dirty and unleash your creativity? Join this taster pottery class in Manchester if you've always wanted to learn to throw a pot on the wheel.

Experience the magic of turning a lump of clay into a remarkable piece of art. You'll be throwing under the guidance of a friendly, local teacher who has plenty of top tips to share with you. Each wheel throwing class is two hours long and you will learn foundational skills for crafting beautiful pots.

Not only will you learn an incredible new skill, but you'll also find a sense of calm and relaxation as you immerse yourself in the meditative process of pottery throwing. Step inside the warm and welcoming Manchester pottery studio and leave with your very own handmade pottery.

Your ticket to this taster session includes the glazing and firing of your one best pots. Want to take home some more? Well, you can fire and glaze extra pieces at £5 each, payable directly to your tutor on the day.

Searching for "pottery classes near me"? Looking for date night ideas in Manchester? This wheel-throwing experience is perfect. There is space for two to four people per class, an intimate group where everyone gets their own pottery wheel and individual attention.

Please note:

  • No small children or pets allowed in the studio due to health and safety hazards.
  • Please try to arrive on time - a 10-minute late window will be given, otherwise, any extra delay will be counted as class time. No liability will be accepted for misuse of the studio space.

What you'll get
All materials, equipment, glazing and firing needed to create two of your best pots to take home (if you would like to keep any more, extra pieces will be £5 each).

Ground Floor, Wellington House, 4 Pollard Street East, Manchester, M40 7FS

Beginners Wheel Throwing Taster Class location
Your teacher
New Dawn Pottery
New Dawn Pottery

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New Dawn Pottery represents a new beginning.

Life is an intense journey that keeps taking me to paths that I never thought I would walk. I have found great healing and passion in this beautiful art form. Spending my days making functional pieces of ceramics from a ball clay in my studio gives me so much joy and fascinates me. It’s been a very meditative journey that allows me to explore and express myself as an artist and who I am as a person.

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Sam Maswaya Nov 2023

Had a great first experience using a pottery wheel. Filipa explained everything well. She definitely made it look easier than it was, but I ended up with a couple of pots that I will be proud to use

Amara Nov 2023

We booked a session for my friends birthday and it was amazing. It was a small group which helped us grasp the concept of wheel throwing easily. I loved how it was intimate, our tutor Chris was amazing and very patient. Can’t wait to visit again!

Josh Connell Nov 2023

It was a great class, taught by a very nice and friendly teacher. It was really easy to get into the session. We spent a lot of time with the tools and it was very well paced and I had a lot of fun doing it. I’d defo recommend it and I’ll be going again.

Habiba Masuma Nov 2023

The lady we had teaching us was so lovely and kind and made an effort to get to know us personally. My friend and I really enjoyed the class and learnt a lot about pottery and it was such a good introduction to it. She let us get to it straight away and showed was needed to be done. I feel like for the experience we got it was definitely worth it

Alicja Kownacka Nov 2023

I really enjoyed the class and wish to be back for more! Filipa was very friendly ????

Kelly Schouten Nov 2023

Fantastic experience from start to finish, Filippa is just marvellous; she let's you have fun to be creative, and gives the perfect amount of demonstration and guidance. Lovely little studio with a relaxed friendly vibe. Thank you.

Christine Hamilton Oct 2023

A super lovely experience with a super lovely teacher. Everything provided in a gorgeous workshop - highly recommend.

Reshma Sep 2023

It was a birthday surprise. We felt that it has been a very therapeutic experience.

Rachael Khan Sep 2023

My daughter and I had a very enjoyable 2hr taster session.
The venue is a little tricky to find, but following signs to the barber's helped! Everything was set up, ready for us and the instruction given was very good and supportive. Lots of time to make several pots and the class size (4) was ideal.
The session comes highly recommended by both myself and my daughter. I'm sure we'll do it again soon :)

Mo Mitchell Sep 2023

What a great way to spend your Sunday. Me and my partner had a great time. I would highly recommend to any novices who want to try out a beginners class

Manny Sep 2023

Awesome! Highly recommended!
My first pottery class was a thrilling adventure into the world of clay. The instructor's guidance and the joy of creating something with my own hands made it a memorable experience that left me eager for more.

Stacey Seddon Sep 2023

It was such a great experience and I really enjoyed the small group so you had more hands on learning.

Definitely doing it again

Pottery class review by Stacey Seddon - Manchester

Kiran Sep 2023

The length of the session was sufficient to observe Filipa demoing, trying to throw as many as we can ourselves and choosing colours for the one we want to glaze. Her studio was really cool with vases and pots everywhere, all so beautiful. The taster course was good value for money and I enjoyed learning from Filipa
She is incredible at pottery and provided clear and direct feedback on my technique. It was tricky for me but she was really patient and encouraging, as I found it hard to remember all the techniques. I'd definitely love to do a course!

Pottery class review by Kiran - Manchester

Rachel Cusack Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Had a great time at this class! Philippa was a great teacher and very approachable (and non judgemental when something inevitably went wrong ). I really enjoyed my first attempt at wheel pottery and can’t wait to receive my glazed and fired pieces in a few weeks. Thank you

Dipen Pandya Sep 2023

What an amazing class! Philippa was extremely patient and knowledgeable, and very helpful when things inevitably went wrong for us. I’d highly recommend this class to any beginner.

Holly Hunter Aug 2023

We had so much fun at the workshop Filipa was great, very fun and bubbly Can’t wait to collect my little pot

Would 100% recommend and I would love to go again

Pottery class review by Holly Hunter - Manchester

Mrs Holden Aug 2023

Class was great, Phillipa was informative and friendly and, very helpful throughout. Great fun activity and, I would definitely recommend it. I’ll be going again in the future. Thanks Phillipa x

Charlie Metcalfe Aug 2023

I had a really great time at the class, I’d really recommend the beginners wheel throwing class

Angela Criminisi Aug 2023

Enjoyed the class, abit dissappointed we didn’t get to take our pot home but was offered to pay postage for her to send it to us £5 was quoted .

Nooh Sadek Aug 2023

Really fun and engaging session, thanks to Filipa. All the materials were provided and and studio was easy to find located in area with plenty of parking. My wife and I enjoyed the session and I look forward to picking up my masterpiece!

Joanne Attias Aug 2023

Really enjoyed the class. Loved the fact it was a small class size and the teacher Filipa was great. Would definitely recommend.

Kevin Chaudhary Jul 2023

Teacher was good definitely knew her subject. Liked the small class size materials were good . Good pace to the session and tutor gave relevant support. I shared the new experience with my partner so good value for money . I would definitely recommend the class. I only had one negative which was locating the venue as its a little tugged away off the main road however still a good experience

Hannah Mossman Jul 2023

Really enjoyed my beginners pottery and managed to make four things. I found the centring of the clay quite hard, but Filipa, the teacher, helped me when it was going wrong ensuring I learnt and had an end product!
I went by myself and the other students (max 4 in total) were friendly. I felt comfortable going alone.
Had a great time and would certainly recommend it

Pottery class review by Hannah Mossman - Manchester

Catherine Lawson Jul 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

A great learning experience in a tasteful, relaxed studio. I would recommend this class to anyone who has always wanted to have a go at throwing clay as the teacher, Filipa was friendly, helpful and gave a thorough demonstration.

Yasmin Mohamed Jul 2023

She was really nice and the class went very well ☺️ I will definitely take more classes

Mark Sproson Jun 2023

Our teacher was excellent, patient and support.
Demonstration to begin with highlighting the key points in terms how to position yourself at the wheel, speed of the wheels, the tools to use etc.

It was a relaxed atmosphere and the group size was “bang on” 4. Time went quickly!

Well worth it! Thank you Jessica and thank you New Dawn Pottery.

Constance Tso Jun 2023

The teacher is very responsible and contact us before the class to make sure we can find the place. The studio is just a few minutes walk away from metro so very convenient.
She is very welcoming and patient to guide us the whole process, taught us step by step and the key tricks to make a good pot.
Very enjoyable and relaxing. Highly recommend !:D

Pottery class review by Constance Tso - Manchester

Niall Palmer Jun 2023

13 ClassBento workshops attended • 11 reviews

Had such a good time in this class and was left really interested in continuing to learn more about pottery. Filipa was fantastic and showed us the basics of how to make a pot and then gave us plenty of time and clay to practice. If you make a mistake (which I did many times) she's on hand to help and guide you through the process, but if you're a bit of a pro then you can just go where your creativity takes you.

August Aldred May 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Amazing and very personable teacher. Filipa gave us lots of direction and wisdom. I thoroughly enjoyed her class and would attend again!

Andrew Hill May 2023

What a fantastic experience, me and my partner honestly came away from it just wanting to do more! Having never done anything like it before was definitely new to us but we loved it. Had such a brilliant teacher, very helpful and easy going, made us feel very welcome and we ended up doing 4 pieces each in the time, which we were really happy with, I would happily recommend this to anyone!

Saba Bokhari May 2023

We went to this as a family of 5 ( 2 kids aged 10 years & 14 years). We had 4 wheels with 2 of us sharing one wheel & we all had a fantastic time. Philippa was an excellent teacher and very patient. We got to have 3 go’s at making our pottery pots on the wheel with lots of support from Philippa and then we picked our favorite pot to go in the Kiln & for subsequent glazing. This was a brilliant experience & would highly recommend it. Will definitely return!

Gemma Vale May 2023

Wonderful experience and an even better teacher. So patient and knowledgeable. We got a demonstration and then had four goes at the wheel. We then got to pick two of our favourite creations and select the glaze we want. Very cosy and intimate studio and we are already thinking of going back !

Freya Hart May 2023

Lovely lady who took the class. Was a great atmosphere and a fun treat to do. Would recommend.

Amy Day May 2023

The teacher was excellent. Very knowledgeable, friendly and interesting. She made the session relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable. All four people on the course made two really good pots each and the teacher will fire them and glaze them in a glaze of our choice for us to take home in four weeks. I made a small vase and a bowl suitable for dips. I can’t wait to see the finished results!

Beginners Wheel Throwing Taster Class review by Amy Day - Manchester

Fatemah Safar May 2023

We have enjoy the class and The teacher was very friendly and helpful Very recommend

Emily Morrow May 2023

Great teacher, supported us throughout to make our pots! Great experience would highly recommend it!

Carol Crichton May 2023

Loved this, the teacher was really nice and the experience was very enjoyable. The current venue is not the best and it wasn’t easy for us to find but I believe she is moving soon.

Jenny May 2023

Filipa is a great teacher and we had so much fun in the class. I really enjoyed the experience and can't wait to continue on my pottery journey. Loved this class, definitely recommend.

Natasha May 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews

Amazing class with such an attentive and detailed teaching of how to throw. Filipa was so friendly, funny and most importantly, super patient!

Loved it and would recommend this class for anyone up for trying out wheel throwing. Thank you! Xx

Robbie Troth May 2023

15 ClassBento workshops attended • 14 reviews

What an amazing class! Filipa is a fantastic teacher, she is super knowledgeable and taught us in a relaxed and easy to understand way. She shown us the process step by step and was there to help when we needed it. She is very friendly and accommodating. The space was cool and very easy to get too. I can't wait to see my fired pots and I'm thinking about booking on to the four week course. A perfect opportunity to try wheel throwing for the first time!

Pottery class review by Robbie Troth - Manchester

Mark Harrison Apr 2023

I wish I could give this more than 5 I would, Filipa was an amazing teacher, extremely friendly and me and my partner had a great time for his birthday! I couldn’t recommend this enough.

Worth every single penny

Elaine Yip Apr 2023

Really enjoyed the class. Folios was a great teacher and really friendly. It was a very enjoyable experience. You also have some of your pots made and glazed as part of the cost.

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