The studio so far…
After several false starts we came across Unit 6 at Russell Town Avenue Industrial estate in summer 2018. From the moment we squeezed past the JCB parked inside and climbed over old stacks of veneer, we knew this unit had the potential to be our studio. An old cabinet maker’s warehouse left untouched for 10 years, we set about helping the landlord clear the space in late September. Years of being unused has left the unit in a slightly sorry state of affairs. But we see huge potential.
Our intention is to transform the main room into our tenant’s studio with purpose built spaces for up to 8 makers. Our classroom will be a flexible space, suitable for hosting a range of different workshops and classes. We will transform the old lacquer room into a fully functional kitchen and we have already installed a toilet in the former cupboard next door. Our technical room comes off the classroom space. Here we will provide our tenants and students with an area for glazing, plaster and our 3 kilns (so far).
The mezzanine floor upstairs has a further space for 2 tenants and this is where you will find Clay Shed management.
As you can see, we still have a long way to go before we can open our doors to potters and the public. However, we have achieved a lot already in a very short period of time. We’ll add to our progress as we get there….
If you would like to help us realise our goal of a swanky, (warm) and modern studio you can hop over to our Crowdfunder page where we are raising extra money to improve facilities and buy a few extra kilns in exchange for a whole range of rewards.