Copy of the studio so far

The studio so far…

Directors Louise and Dave (and extended Clay Shed family member Barry) in the main tenant’s space chatting about clay (most probably).

Directors Louise and Dave (and extended Clay Shed family member Barry) in the main tenant’s space chatting about clay (most probably).

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 resident'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 residents and students with an area for glazing, plaster and our 4 kilns.

The mezzanine floor upstairs has a further space for 2 residents 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….