The whole cost of the start up ceramics studio will be around 15,000 but we're making another funding application to Creative Scotland for some of the other costs around fitting the studio. If we have a successful crowdfunder for the equipment Hannah needs to get the new studio started, it will make our chances of getting this funding for the other costs, much better!
I am an early career ceramicist working in Stirling who is passionate about my practice and teaching others about my craft and throwing clay as an art form. I am part of the Made in Stirling collective at the new creative hub at 44 King Street with experience of teaching community classes for all ages. Made in Stirling and this new ceramic studio are both connected with Creative Stirling, a social enterprise set up in 2012 who have recently established this new creative space in the city centre as part of scaling up their plans to energise and create capacity for more creative enterprise and arts led start-up businesses. The community ceramic studio will be a part of the new creative hub space.
At work on the wheel.
It's going really well so far, lots of people interested in classes, events and opportunities in clay delivered at the hub studio, and I aim to make everything I do sustainable with a business model that reinvests all of the income I generate back into the studio. Funding for arts projects is really difficult these days, but I believe that traditional craft skills are super important and something everyone can enjoy and benefit from, and I know that there's a demand for clay experience from the lovely people who come into Made in Stirling Store every day and ask about when and where they can start learning pottery.
I need some capital funding for a range of new ceramics kit so that myself and other local ceramicists can share their knowledge and skills with each other and with the wider community. I need potters wheels and a kiln, to start with, so I can help to establish the ceramics studio in the city centre to offer group classes and workshops that everyone can enjoy and bring something different to Stirling.
Here are just some of the rewards made by Hannah MacKintosh. To see more images of the rewards on offer follow us and Hannah on social media, or come into Made in Stirling!
Some Teapots by MacKintosh Made available:
Some of the Cups available by MacKintosh Made:
Rewards available by local potter Kathleen Morison: