How can we help you?
Here are some of the common questions we get asked on a regular basis, we hope these FAQs will be useful. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, then drop us a quick email and we’ll get back to you as quick as we can.
Can I book a place on the drop-in session?
The drop-in sessions are not bookable, they work on a first-come, first-served basis, and we give everyone whatever teaching and support they need as the class goes along. We have a friendly bunch of regular makers who use this session to make work to sell, as well as hobbyists and complete beginners and it’s a lovely creative, productive atmosphere in the studio.
Can I bring a child to the drop-in sessions?
Sorry, adults only in the drop-in sessions. We offer a Kids Clay Club for 6-11 year olds, and a family friendly session for adults and kids of all ages. If you want to book us for a private session then age is not an issue, but please do let us know in advance who will be coming and any particular needs you may have so that we can prepare.
How busy are the drop-in sessions?
It’s hard to tell how busy the sessions will be. Sometimes if it’s busy you might have to wait a little while for the tutor to get you going, but the regulars are very kind about offering helpful information if you have questions and we can’t get to you.
How much do the drop-in sessions cost?
The drop-in sessions are £10 for a 2 hour session or £12.50 for the 2.5 hour sessions, but work out cheaper if you buy a block of 10 hours in advance, which cost £45.
How much are your firing fees?
The first (biscuit) firing costs typically £1 to £3 for a pot about the size of your fist. The second (glaze) firing would typically be £3 to £5. These costs cover the cost of the clay, electricity, wear and tear on the kiln, the colours and glazes and the time it takes to pack and unpack the kiln.
What can I make in the drop-in session?
ClaySpace is a professional ceramics studio with potter’s wheels, handbuilding and sculpture equipment and tools and a very wide range of glazes and colours. In the past, people have made everything from tableware and sculpture to wall tiles and jewellery. You can come to us with ideas we can help you realise, or just with a desire to get your hands dirty and see what happens. We’ve got lots of fun stuff you can use to make textures and shapes and our helpful tutors are very knowledgeable and passionate about all things ceramic.
How long does it take to make a pot?
You could easily make at least a couple of small/medium pots in a drop-in session, depending of course on the size, style and complexity of what you want to make. Typically you’ll need to come to at least a couple of sessions to complete all the different processes though.
What are the different stages in making and firing a pot?
1. Whilst the clay is soft, you can throw (on the potter’s wheel), pinch, roll out, coil, sculpt or model the clay.
2. When the clay is partially dry, you can continue to work on your pots. At this stage you can trim excess clay from the foot of a thrown pot (turning) or continue to build a coil pot taller, or refine surfaces and add handles etc.
3. Your finished work is thoroughly dried before the first (biscuit) firing. The drying process can take anywhere between 2 days and 2 weeks, and the firing takes 24 hours.
4. Glaze can now be added to the pot, either by painting or dipping and then the pot is dried again, then the kiln is fired for another 24 hours. The finished work will be food/dishwasher safe and robust and functional.
What if I want something more structured than a drop-in session?
You could either sign up for one of our 6-week Introduction to Ceramics courses, or book a private class.
How does the private class work?
These sessions are completely tailored to your needs, so you could have some tuition on the potter’s wheel, try some hand building or sculpture or a combination of techniques.You can book 1 person, or up to 18 in the main studio. We can accommodate more people if we split the group over our two studios.
How much does a private class cost?
At the moment the rate is £30 an hour for one person, £40 for two people, or £50 an hour for 3 to 5 people. Prices for larger groups on request. You can book any length of time that you like, with a minimum of an hour.
We don’t live very close, can you finish our pots off for us?
We can finish, trim, biscuit fire and glaze fire your work for you, box it up and post it to you. We can give you an idea of costs when you make your booking.