Artist Potter - Richard Phethean - Pottery Tutor

Students at Tresabenn Studio

 Intensive Five Day Throwing Blocks:


Specifically dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the craft of the potter's wheel for 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 – cylinders, bellies, bowls and plates, lips, handles and lids etc. There are regular demonstrations throughout the week. Each student has their own wheel, receives plenty of individual attention and is encouraged to pursue their own agenda.

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 @ £1 per kg, but are encouraged to be selective. Come to work hard and improve your skills dramitically.

There will be one free or reduced price place for a 16-21 year old on each short course in 2023/2024, depending on location and personal circumstances. Please email me using the Contact form for more details.

Throwing demo April 2018

Courses begin at 9am on a Monday morning for a welcome and orientation with coffee and pastries
Daily untutored studio time: 9-9.30am, 5.30-7pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided each day.

Fee: £700 Includes all materials, a welcome breakfast on arrival and daily lunch/refreshments.

(please go to the course bookings page for 2023/2024 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).