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The two year course

Clay College has been established to offer something quite different from other ceramics courses in the UK.  This course will provide a level of skill sufficient for a graduate to set themselves up as a practicing potter. The skills include making, design and planning, clay and glaze technology, kiln design, building and firing, marketing and promotion. It will be an intensive course, with six 14 -15 week terms packed into two years. You can expect lots of Teacher contact time, and regularly invited highly skilled and internationally known makers to complement our in house teaching. Students can expect to learn a huge amount and a lot will be expected of them in terms of hard work, commitment and enthusiasm. If you are serious about ceramics then there is certainly no other course in Britain offering what Clay College is offering. Our long term goal is to change the current system of teaching Studio ceramics.

Who can apply

We can accept applications from EU residents and non-EU residents with UK residency visas. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from outside the EU, unless you have a valid UK visa. The college needs to have been operating for two years before we can apply to sponsor overseas students. This is a future aim of the college . 


From the beginning, we decided to set ourselves up as an independent college and took the hard decision to forgo being accredited by an existing University in order to have the freedom to create a skills-based curriculum for studio pottery that will be unique in the UK. Clay College Stoke will be run as a not-for profit organisation.

We have successfully fund-raised to equip the studio and gallery, but need to charge fees to cover course and staffing costs. These have been set at £9000 per year.

We are hoping to be able to offer limited financial assistance, based on need, to one or two students. These bursaries will be awarded in cases of financial hardship and will be applied to defray fees across the two years of the course. The amount available will only meet a proportion of total fees. The funds available have not yet been determined, though this should be known prior to the course commencement. Any applicant who may qualify for assistance and wishes to apply should state this in their application form.

Applying for the full-time course

We would like to thank all those who have submitted applications for the first full time course at Clay College.  Due to certain issues with the application process and the timing of the publication of promotional material, we have decided to extend the application deadline to the 14th July. Interviews will be held on the 20th of July. 

Please download the Clay College Diploma Course Application form and the Clay College Equal Opportunities Monitoring form. Please complete both forms, ensuring you have completed every question and that you have included all the items requested in the checklist. If you do not, your application cannot, unfortunately, be processed.
Please return your forms and supporting documents by the application deadline of 14th July.
Applications can be emailed to or posted to Adopt a Potter, Maze Hill Pottery, The Old Ticket Office, Woodlands Park Road, London SE10 9XE.

What will happen next?

Your application will be assessed by the Course Director and the Board of Trustees. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and invited for a practical day of making and an informal interview in Stoke on Trent. This is an opportunity for you to meet us, and for us to meet you and to assess your current skill level. The interview and making days will be Thursday the 20th of July.


If you have an enquiry concerning your application, please contact us using the contact form on the contact page or emailing