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The idea of Clay Shed came about in Spring 2018 when 4 friends, all slightly mad about clay, identified the need for a ceramic studio in Bristol for professional makers. Our aims and objectives are to provide a full time space for makers to access specialist facilities which will include their own personal studio, break out space, wheels, kilns and glaze facilities. Maker’s can benefit from a communal kitchen, free wifi, 24 hr access and being part of a creative community which nurtures professional development.

Clay Shed aims to encourage critical discussion through a regular programme of crits, visiting artists and demonstrations which will be available to our studio holders as well as members of the public.

Our founders and directors are Louise Blois, Dave Chilton, Steve Sales and Alice Shields. Having met through Bristol’s creative scene our team have nearly 20 yrs experience of making between them ranging from running successful businesses to teaching and post graduate study at Bath Spa University and Cardiff School of Art and Design.

Our story

L-R: Steve, Alice, Dave and Louise.

L-R: Steve, Alice, Dave and Louise.

Clay Shed is a purpose built ceramic studio in Lawrence Hill, Bristol. Previously a cabinet makers warehouse, Clay Shed how hosts fourteen resident artists who have access to their own studio space, break out space, four kilns, throwing wheels plus plaster and glaze facilities. Residents also benefit from a communal kitchen, wifi, 24hr access and being part of a creative community which nurtures professional development.

Our programme of regular crits, visiting artists, demonstrations, workshops and classes are designed to share our passion for clay with budding beginners and experienced practitioners. Our events and classes are available to our resident artists and members of the public.

Clay Shed was founded by four Bristol based ceramic artists - Louise Blois, Dave Chilton, Steve Sales and Alice Shields.