Ceramic Open Studios

Looking for a space to come and create your own ceramics work? Then why not become a member of our open studios.

Our brand new ceramic studio is a light and airy space, equipt with two kilns and work spaces for up to four people to work and maintain social distancing. 


We have applied for Arts Council funding for a potter’s wheel, and other equipment to complete the studio, so watch this space.


We will be inviting external ceramicists and our artist team to deliver workshops at our venue, from beginners sessions to more specialised workshops for those with some experience. 

Keep an eye on our social media, ‘What’s On’ page or sign up to our newsletter to hear about future workshops.




This is aimed at people who have little or no experience in working with clay, teaching you the basic techniques from coiling to slab building. You will have  glaze your work on the last session.


Beginners in ceramics can become members of the ceramic studios after completing five sessions.

Tuesday 6 - 9pm

3rd Nov - 1st Dec


Wednesdays 10am - 1pm

4th Nov - 2nd Dec

 £75 for 5 sessions (£15 per session)




Membership to the studios entitles to access to the studios to make your own work independently. 


There are two options available:

  • Full Membership 

£80 pcm*

Includes 4 x 3 hour sessions a week 


  • Part Membership 

£35 pcm*

Includes 1 x 3 hour sessions a week 

*Members need to sign up for a four month period.

To become a member you need to have some ceramic experience, (for example you have attended a course somewhere else before.) If you are a complete beginner you need to attend the Clay Club for five weeks first. Additionally you need to attend a 30 minute induction to use the studio.


Please note tuition will NOT be provided in these sessions, it is for independent making.

What is included in your membership?

  • Use of hand tools 

  • Individual storage for your project in progress

  • Access to communal firings (charged per weight of fired work)

  • Access to hire whole kiln (charges apply)

As a member, when can I access the studio?

Tues:     9 - 12    12 - 3     3- 6    6 -9

Weds:   9.30 - 12.30

Thurs:   9 - 12    12 - 3     3- 6   

Fri:         9 - 12    12 - 3     3- 6  

Sat:       10 - 1     1 - 4

Sessions will be bookable through an online system. Until we have this up and running you can simply email or ring us your preferred slots. If evenings and weekend slots are popular, we will add more sessions.

How do I become a member?

Simple fill this enquiry form and we will get in touch.

The kilns are available to hire for non members. Please email us to book a firing, then simply drop your work into us. We will then load and unload your work for you.


This is a great service for ceramicists who do not have their own kiln, but also schools and community artists who want to deliver ceramic workshops. We will also be providing training courses for teachers to equip them with the skills they need to support their class to work with clay, please get in touch if this interests you.


Kiln Hire

We have 2 electric Kilns which are available to hire. 


Members price:

Small Kiln: £ 30 Per firing

Large Kiln: £ 40 Per firing

1 shelf : £10

None members:

Small Kiln: £40 Per firing

Large Kiln: £50 Per firing

1 shelf: £15


Small Kiln internal dimensions: 44 x 44 x 54 cm deep  (octagonal)

Large Kiln internal dimensions: 63 x 74 x 43 cm deep (octagonal)


Firing by the shelf:

Shelf size: 60 x 32cm (half octagonal) Max height 10cm. If your work is taller than 10cm you will need 2 or maybe 3 shelves. 

Your work will go into a communal firing, and you will need to wait till we have enough work to fill the kiln, (this could be up to a month). Every effort is made to check peoples work to ensure they do not explode. But we take no liability if your work is damaged during the firing or doesnt turn out as you expected.



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Unit 15 Mealbank Mill Ind Est





01539 232552


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