Want to get creative with pottery? Here are three open-access ceramics studios that welcome everyone from first-timers to fully fledged designer-makers. Each one offers support for new starters, as well as classes and tutorials
Turning Earth Run ‘by potters for potters’, Turning Earth aims to make ceramics more accessible for Londoners who can’t afford their own studio or who want to make pots in their spare time. There are four-week introductory courses for beginners on how to throw ceramics on a wheel, bisque-firing and glazing. Pay as you go £55 for a half-day, or sign up for membership, £155 per month for a minimum two months (turningearth.uk)
The Kiln Rooms Set up by ceramicist Stuart Carey last year, the crowd-funded Kiln Rooms in a Peckham Rye industrial complex has a creative, community feel. There is equipment, a shared studio and technical support, classes for all abilities and a ‘professional development programme’ featuring talks every other Thursday (free to members). There are also opportunities to shadow staff to learn new skills and one-on-one tutorials on request. Membership £160 per month, minimum two months (thekilnrooms.com).
Maze Studios Run by a group of four artists, all with a background in ceramics, Maze Studios in Bristol has a communal workshop alongside its studio spaces. Decorative ceramics classes cover everything from how to create patterns using stencils and slips (coloured clays) to printing with metallic oxides and making plaster moulds for decorative clay trims. £20 per day/£150 per month (mazestudiosbristol.com)