Florian Gadsby in the studio, 2024. Photo: Catherine Garcia

Wheel Throwing Masterclass with Florian Gadsby

  • Sat 8 June 2024
  • 2 – 4 pm

Join us for a wheel throwing masterclass with ceramicist Florian Gadsby in celebration of Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s exhibition ‘Hot Water for Tea.’

Gadsby will illustrate the creative process of his practice with an initial introduction to the technique of throwing. This will be followed by a live throwing demonstration, allowing visitors the opportunity to experience his skills first-hand, and gain a deeper insight into the methods he uses to create his functional wares and bespoke vessels.

Tickets cost £75 per person, including refreshments, and must be booked in advance. All equipment will be provided, however, please bring your own apron for the session.

Signed copies of Gadsby’s book ‘By My Hands: A Potter’s Apprenticeship’ will be available to purchase following the workshop.

About Florian Gadsby
Firing with a gas kiln, Florian Gadsby creates hand thrown stoneware, functional pottery, singular objects and vessel collections. His work is characterized by simple forms, angular and architectural, in a muted palette of jade celadon and feldspar grey. This chosen palette of greys and greens is sometimes speckled with rust, interspersed with metallic blacks, whites and browns. Gadsby combines material investigation and interpretation to reflect on the shaping of object experience.

Working from his North London studio, alongside the practice of making pots, he also creates informative videos and documents his work online. Sharing the techniques central to his creations, these videos discuss and delve more thoroughly into his ideas and making practice. Gadsby undertook the DCCoI Ceramics Skills and Design Course in Thomastown, Ireland. He apprenticed to Lisa Hammond MBE from 2014 to 2017, learning to raw glaze and soda fire. A six-month apprenticeship with Ken Matsuzaki followed in Mashiko, Japan, where he trained to use a traditional kick wheel. In 2023, his book, ‘By My Hands,’ was published and coincided with an exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK.

About ‘Hot Water for Tea’
‘Hot Water for Tea’ celebrates the form and function of vessels that are central to the universal enjoyment of quotidian, domestic ritual. The exhibition also draws focus to the table, a place of gathering and community—the convivial heart of the home. Featuring artist-makers Craig Bamford (SASA Works), Samuel Chatto, Florian Gadsby, Akiko Hirai and Matthew Warner.

The exhibition will be on view at Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset alongside ‘Beauty Lies Within,’ featuring Jane Yang-D’Haene, from Sunday 26 May through Sunday 28 July 2024.

Please be advised that photographs will be taken at this event for use on the Hauser & Wirth website, social media and in other marketing materials.