There’s a small but dedicated ceramics scene in Manchester but in recent years the number of public classes has dwindled. But there’s good news for potters and anyone who wants to learn how to throw a pot because a new studio is opening with facilities for all abilities.
Established by ceramics experts Caroline Tattersall, Robert Bree and Stephen David Graham, Clay Studio will be available to hire by members and will also provide courses to the public.
“We set up Clay Studio to provide much needed workspace for recent graduates and experienced ceramicists while also providing classes to all makers, especially beginners,” says Robert.
“It’s a great way to get creative especially if you have no previous art or design experience. Learning in a communal setting lets you meet new people and the relaxed atmosphere is wonderful for stress relief plus our weekly classes provide an introduction to all the basic construction and decorating techniques. As you gain more experience you can begin to develop your own project ideas and style.
“With clay your imagination is the only limit. You can make delicate jewellery, functional items for your table or large scale, outdoor sculptural forms. Personalize your home with hand-made tiles, decorative bowls, vases, wall hangings, even light fittings!”
The studio opens on July 22 with a range of classes to suit all abilities. It will also offer one-off workshops where you can learn particular techniques such as raku and smoke firing, starting on 20 August with Make Your Own Wall Planter
Facilities include three kilns (which are operated by staff only), five potters’ wheels, hand-building work surfaces, an extruder, a plaster lathe, a selection of small tools, a selection of ceramics-related literature, a range of stoneware glazes and other decorating materials.
A kiln hire service will also be available – great for community groups and schools looking to create their own pottery.
Creating your own pottery is rewarding and much more fun than a trip to IKEA for those bowls and plates, so why not give it a go? We can’t wait to get stuck in!
For more information on the studio and classes you can visit the website: www.claystudio.co.uk