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.
In order to start the college, we need to raise just over £200,000 to 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 are delighted to have already secured over £130,000 and are very grateful to everyone who has supported our efforts through our recent Crowdfunder, at Ceramic Art London, by making a donation or by bidding on the Potters for Clay College Auction.
To pay for any lots purchased in the Potters For Clay College Auction please download Clay College Stoke Pot Auction Details April 2017 v2
To make a donation please click on the to donate link below and don’t forget to download, complete and return a Gift Aid form to increase your support if you are a UK tax payer.
If you would like to send a cheque (or CAF cheque) please make it out to ADOPT A POTTER TRUST and send to:
Lisa Hammond, Maze Hill Pottery, The Old Ticket Office, Woodlands Park Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9XE.
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 Adopt a Potter Gift Aid Form 2017
Adopt a Potter, Maze Hill Pottery, The Old Ticket Office, Woodlands Park Road, London, SE10 9XE
Adopt A Potter Registered Charity No. 1130164
We are very pleased to announce a new Masterclass this summer, the first at our home site, Middleport Pottery, Stoke on Trent. Akiko Hirai will be running a three day workshop in August.
Please see the Masterclass page for details and booking information.