I have been running the Baltic Clay studio in Liverpool for the past 4 years. The studio provides the space and support for up to 10 studio members who work in clay to create, promote and sell their work. The studio also runs several evening and day classes for beginners . The studio has a great demand for it's studio member places and its evening class waiting list is over 18 months long. Our current space restricts both the number of studio members we can accommodate and the number of classes we can offer.
The Big Plan!
We intend to move to a much larger studio and create four new spaces. One exclusively for studio members, one exclusively for classes, one shared equipment space and one for storage and kilns. We will increase the studio membership to 20 and run several more beginners and specialist classes in order to meet the demand.
We will be sharing a large Victorian building in the heart of Toxteth with the Granby Workshop which makes ceramic tiles and tableware items for national and international customers. The proposed site is being currently renovated and has a large open courtyard which makes outdoor community activities and workshops possible.
Why we need the money!
Two new kilns cost over £8200 and if we go over our target, the rest of the money will go towards kitting the space out with new, purpose built workbenches, shelving, smooth resin flooring, new glass doors to let in natural light as well as two second hand extra electric wheels that cost around £300 each.
What's on offer!
All of the pieces on offer will be made by our studio members. They are pieces that represent what they make best. They will made after the Crowdfunder finishes and can be either posted to you from March 2020 or collect them in person when we have our open day next year!
Please make sure you click on the correct pledge from the list opposite!
Here's what's on offer:
One of Matt's cactus planters. Colourful slipcast beauties! Follow him at taehoonceramics on Instagram
One of Jane's beautiful handheld birds.
Follow her on Instagram at janelovedayceramics
One of Casey's amazing individual sized platters! Handmade, striking designs and very useful!
Follow her on Instagram as caseycainceramics.
One of Casey's trinket dishes. In a beautiful strawberries and cream pattern, these are very useful! Designs may vary. Follow her on Instagram on caseycainceramics.
One of Chris' popular Pocket Moongazers. Handheld pieces, each one unique and full of character! Follow him on Instagram on ctwceramics.
One of Helen's Blue Birds. Beautiful hand sized pieces, handmade and each one unique.
One of Louise's terracotta planters. Made by hand with a beautiful corrugated texture, glazed and waterproof making them ideal for showing off your plants and blooms!
Follow her on Instagram at louisewallerceramics
One of Kath's Bird on a Wire mugs. Hand thrown and perfect for a really good cup of tea!
Follow her on Instagram on design37
One space on our Kids Workshop. A great chance to for younger makers to experience the creative possibilities of working in clay. Ages 5 to 15.
Spring 2020, date to be decided
One space on the Make a Wonderbeast workshop. A chance to make your very own Wonderbeast with Chris Turrell-Watts. Suitable for beginners.
Spring 2020, date to be decided.
Pinch Pot Workshop
Spend an enjoyable afternoon with Louise Waller an experienced local Ceramics artist and practitioner who will introduce you to her style of work and demonstrate the relaxing technique of making pinch pots.
Clay, enthusiasm and support will be provided.
One place on Poppy Elmhirst's Pottery Throwing Course. Learn how to throw a pot on a wheel with expert thrower and studio member Poppy! This 3 hour course is perfect for beginners and is limited to 4 people so there is ample time for one to one tuition. Great fun for a group! Spring 2020, date to be decided.
The workshops on offer are unique to us. They are run by our studio members and are all suitable for beginners. They offer a great experience and would make a fantastic present or treat for yourself!
The workshop dates will be decided after the Crowdfunder finishes and will take place in the Spring of 2020. All people who who book on a workshop will be contacted abut dates as soon as possible.
Buy your first 3 months Studio Membership at 10% off the normal price! Studio Memberships are for people who only need access to the studio and not for people who need guidance or tuition. Applicants are subject to an informal interview to ensure that they are suitable for Studio Memberships status.
This project is all about supporting and developing creative activities by helping individuals to set up their own local businesses and making the joys of making in clay as accessible as possible to the local community.
Many of our ex and present studio members have set up their own businesses and have sold their work in shops and galleries across the country.
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