Every Wednesday and alternating Fridays from 6pm - 8:30pm, we open our doors to budding potters. From experienced potters who need space to work on their projects to beginners with a bit of knowledge who want to experiment with clay, all are welcome. This is an open access session, so feel free to use as much or as little of the time as you wish.
Clay club is not a taught session - however we will have a studio hand will be avaliable to answer any questions and offer guidance should you need it.
How does it work?
You will choose to do either clay work or colour work for your whole session.
If you opt for clay work you will be provided with ice white, gritty peach or terracotta Earthenware Clay - your choice. You will then spend the session making whatever you like, focusing on the form of your project.
In the following session you attend you might opt for colour work, to decorate your projects. You will have access to a HUGE selection of underglaze paints, jazzy speciality glazes and transparent topcoat to do this.
The pottery wheel
We'll have one of our pottery wheels available at Clay Club for you to get a taster of what it is like to use. You will get 15 minutes to have a spin and throw what you can on the wheel. It's first come first serve so don't forget to sign up on the sheet when you arrive!
Things people have made
Clay Club FAQs
Tickets are £20.00 per session. you will likely need 2 sessions to create a body of work. Please make sure you read my cancellation policy before booking as tickets are not transferable to other dates!
Each session you will pick between Clay work and Colour work, you will then be let loose on all of the equipment to make whatever you like.
At the end of the session you are free to store your work in the studio or leave it to dry out to be fired for you it takes us 2 weeks to complete the firing for you.
Glazed work sometimes gets put through slightly faster than two weeks as it doesnt need ant drting time - if you have a deadline please speak to us about your timescale.
Clay work means that you will spend the session working on creating projects from raw clay.
If you opt for clay work you will be provided with as much ice white, gritty peach or terracotta Earthenware clay as you like - your choice. You can then spend the session making whatever you like, focusing on the form of your project. We have all the tools you might need like cookie cutters, loop tools, rolling pins, slab guides, pottery knives, modelling tools, kidneys etc.
Once you have created your work and had it fired you might decide to glaze it at another session. In this case you will want to opt for colour work to decorate your projects using all of our glazes. You will have access to a HUGE selection of underglaze paints, jazzy speciality glazes and transparent topcoat to do this. As well as paintbrushes and lots of different sized sponges for application.
There will be a kettle for you to use if you would like to bring along tea or coffee. Feel free to also bring along snacks, drinks, or whatever you would like to enjoy while you make.
The studio has a few aprons for you to use but we advise you bring along your own or just wear clothes you don't mind getting messy. We reccomend hanging up coats and bags on the back of your chair or at the hooks on the toilet door as the floor is always clay dusty - no matter how much we sweep it!
WARNING: Terracotta clay may stain white clothing. You have been warned!
We have portable ramps to cover the two small steps into the entrance of the shop and a third step up to the back of the shop. Please get in touch if you would like dimensions and gradients for these ramps. The basement ceramics studio is only accessible by stairs. However there is ample seating space on the ground floor.
If you are unable to use the stairs please let me know and we can arrange to move equipment up to the ground floor for you, or help you by transporting your work downstairs at the end of the session for firing on your behalf.
If you would rather work on the ground floor because of the low ceiling in the basement studio, this can also easily be accommodated.
We are happy to turn off our music for the hard of hearing.
The toilet is at the back of the ground floor. Unfortunatly it is fairly narrow - but we are happy to accompany you next door to the Steam Crane to use their accessible toilet should you prefer.
We have one of our pottery wheels available at Clay Club for you to have a go one, with the intention of providing you a taste of what using the wheel is like. We ask that you make one pot and then allow the next person to have a go - this way as many people as possible have the chance to use the equiptment.
When you arrive you will be asked to sign up for a specific slot to use the pottery wheel. These slots are 20 minutes long, which includes 15 minutes of Wheel time and five minutes of tidying up time.
It is really important that you tidy the wheel up after you have used it so that your clay doesn't contaminate the clay of the person who uses it after you!
if you would like to rent the wheel for a longer period of time don't worry we do that! You can find more information on that HERE:
As big as you like! However if your work is larger than a 20cm x 20cm box, we will ask you to donate a few extra pounds towards the firing costs for your piece.