Clay College Stoke will offer a skills-based, full-time ceramics course taught by potters who make a living through ceramics, something unique in the UK. We are proposing that from September 2017, a two-year full-time course will be run for 14 students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms. The emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials. Students will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques. This will be augmented by modules focusing on business and marketing which will offer students the opportunity to become self-sufficient, developing their own business model to suit their work and sufficiently skilled to join a work force in a production pottery. Alongside the course, we envisage hosting an artist-in-residence and overseas exchange programme, running evening classes, masterclasses, and lectures for the public together with a programme of community engagement to reach young people living in the local area. Adopt a Potter is a registered UK charity which, thanks to continued generous support, has built a successful apprenticeship scheme. We feel it is the right time to develop our commitment to a new generation of potters, by developing a second phase of work with the establishment of a ceramics college. The timing could not be more prescient given the ageing of the skilled craft sector – the existing community of master potters, trained in the ‘golden age’ of studio pottery in the ‘60s and ‘70s are approaching retirement and their skills will be lost if no facility exists for them to pass on their experience to the next generation.

Support

In order to start the college, we need to raise just over £200,000. This will enable us to make the required changes to the building, purchase the teaching and practical equipment and recruit our first group of students. As a UK registered charity, we are reliant on donations and grants from individuals, trusts, foundations and companies to continue our work and build Clay College Stoke for future potters.

We have launched a crowdfunding campaign where you can make a donation towards our work, or receive different rewards linked to the level of your support. Our target is £20,000 so please give generously.

You can go to our Crowdfunder page by clicking on the link to the right, but if you do not wish to make online payments, we would be very happy to receive your donation by cheque.

Please send your cheque made out to ADOPT A POTTER CHARITABLE TRUST to: Lisa Hammond, Maze Hill Pottery, The Old Ticket Office, Woodlands Park Road, Greenwich, London SE 10 9XE.
If you would like to make a Gift Aid donation, please print out and complete the form here.

 

Adopt a Potter, Maze Hill Pottery, The Old Ticket Office, Woodlands Park Road, London, SE10 9XE

Adopt A Potter Registered Charity No. 1130164