Adult Independent Pottery
Independent working with use of our shared pottery studio facilities, tools, slips and earthenware glazes. Suitable for adults with experience in pottery or ceramics, who want to work at their own pace. Booked on an hourly basis. Minimum booking is 1 hour. No tuition included. Firing service to be paid for separately. You must be experienced in all aspects of pottery making and glazing processes. If you are new to Kite Studios or this is your first session, please book an Independent Pottery Induction.
What we do
Are you currently attending a pottery course or an experienced ceramic artist looking for a place to make work? Do you have experience in working with clay and would like somewhere to practice and experiment, make your work at your own pace? We offer pottery facilities in our beautiful fully equipped studio for independent working time, materials, slips, glazes and a firing service.
There is no pottery teaching included if you book this option.
Experienced potters only
Please note that this option is ONLY OPEN TO YOU IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE IN CERAMICS / POTTERY and all the processes involved in making and glazing your work. We recommend that you complete one of our term-long Adult Pottery Courses or at least three bespoke pottery classes such as the Throw a Pot and Bisque Fire and a Pottery Glaze and Fire Independent session before you consider this option.
There are 7 pottery wheels in the studio and ceramics tools that are shared with others. We also provide aprons and towels. We have a range of tools and facilities for hand building, as well as moulds for press moulding projects. You can bring your own earthenware clay or purchase clay from the studio. Included also is use of our in house slips and glazes.
Studio White Earthenware or Terracotta clay: £15.00 per bag
By weight of leatherhard work: £1 per 100g for a bisque and glaze firing.
By size: £15 per kiln shelf (height restrictions apply).
Please leave the equipment, studio and tools clean, and put them away in their places. Please allow 15 minutes clean up time within the time that you have booked for your session. Please leave your work and clay in your allocated space. Everything should be labelled. Unlabelled work may be recycled.
Our firing service
Once you have submitted your work for firing, please book online for your glazing session. Please be sure to make this booking no sooner than four (4) weeks after you have submitted your work. If you wish your work to be tracked, please ask for an ID number when you pay for your firing and inscribe it on each piece.
When will it be ready?
Your work will be ready four weeks after being submitted for firing.
Can it be ready sooner? I need it for …
We do our best to have it fired as soon as possible, however as experienced potters know, it must dry properly or it risks being damaged in the firing or damaging the work of other people. During quiet times when there isn’t so much demand on our kilns, and on hot summer days, when it dries quicker, it may well be ready sooner. We cannot however prioritise your work over that of other customers who came before you. Please leave enough lead time.
How long will you store it?
Your work will be stored at Kite Studios for a maximum of two months after it is fired. Please be sure to book a glazing session or collect your work within this time period. Due to the administrative load of this task, unfortunately, we are unable to contact you individually when your work is ready for glazing or for collection or if the storage period has elapsed.
If you have requested an ID number, you are welcome to contact us. We will be able to let you know if your work is ready when you call.
Flexible times and dates
If you are unable to see a date/ time that suits you in the calendar below, please get in touch. We may be able to make one-off arrangements for you.
Kite Studios will be closed from 22nd December 2019 to 5th January 2020 inclusive for the Christmas holiday break.
Independent Pottery membership
From 15th January 2020 we are offering limited places in our new Independent Pottery membership scheme. The cost of the membership is offered at a £30 per month introductory price. Members will be provided with a 9L storage box which can be used to store your work in progress, to keep it damp in between your independent pottery sessions. It also includes storage for one bag of clay and use of shared shelf space in the studio. Extra storage may be purchased at £10 per month. The membership also includes free firing of all the work you make during your sessions at Kite Studios.
If you are interested in joining please get in touch to register your interest.