Help me set up my Ceramics and Design studio!

by Rachael Cocker in Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom

Help me set up my Ceramics and Design studio!


raised of £3,000 stretch target


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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by August 26th 2019 at 12:19pm

I am setting up my ceramic and design studio where I can create new work, offer workshops and run my creative business.

by Rachael Cocker in Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

I'm SO thrilled to have hit the original target of £1000! So why stop there?! The majority of the money raised so far will pay for the installation of my kiln and anything additional will pay for: timber and materials for building studio furniture, the ongoing overheads and rent for these first initial months and equipment and ceramic materials for workshops. 

Hello! My name is Rachael, I'm a designer and maker- that's me waving in the yellow apron! I create joyful, floral ceramics and surface design for interiors. On 1st June 2019 I got the keys to a beautiful studio space in Great Yarmouth. I need your help to finish transforming the space into a fully equipped studio where I can create new work, offer workshops and continue running my tiny one-person creative business. I'm so close! Can you help me get there?

My Journey

I was working as an art teaching assistant and technician when I started making and sharing pictures of my ceramics on Instagram. Some of my work was noticed and published by a magazine in Aug 2017 and this was enough for me to quit my job (!) and make my creative practice my full time work. In September 2017 I joined a small shared ceramic studio and in 2018 I began selling my ceramics through Instagram and an online shop. My first year of being self employed was challenging but exciting; developing my work, collaborating with creative brands and working with galleries and stockists, I knew I had made the right decision! 

However, in January of this year I had to leave my small shared studio as I had outgrown their facilities. I had a difficult time finding a studio space which I could afford and for several months I had to put my making on hold. Fortunately, my luck changed and in April, I was awarded a grant by local business development programme Start East to purchase a new kiln and computer and I finally found my dream studio space which I moved into in June. The studio is a beautiful, light attic of a 17th century listed building in the historic seaside town of Great Yarmouth. I've worked very hard to get to this stage but still have a little way to go until the studio is fully set up. 

By selling some limited pieces as pre-orders, I will be able to organise and purchase the final few things I need to get the studio going!

The money raised here will be used for:

  • The electrical wiring in of my kiln
  • Shelving and workbenches for the studio
  •  Purchasing ceramic equipment and materials for workshops

Thank you so much for reading. Any support you are able to give will be HUGELY appreciated!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£21 or more

27 of 30 claimed


I am offering a special pre-order on my coveted scalloped candlesticks! These usually sell out in minutes so this is a great chance to grab one. I have estimated the fulfilment date as 30th September but hopefully it will be much sooner. Price includes postage.

£80 or more

5 of 5 claimed


I will create a limited number of these Flora platters for PRE-ORDER. Hand built with warm red terracotta clay, this platter is hand decorated with a gestural, painterly floral design using natural metal oxides, stains and slips, referencing traditional folk slipware. Approx D24.5cm. I have estimated the fulfilment date as October but hopefully it will be much sooner! Price includes postage.

£250 or more

3 of 3 claimed


A ceramic workshop for you and friend taught by me in my beautiful, studio on a date chosen by you. We will experiment with various decorative techniques using slips and natural oxides to create your own collection of wonderful hand built platters. I will fire and post your work to you. Delicious refreshments included! You must be able to travel to Great Yarmouth to claim this reward. Unfortunately my studio does not have disabled access.

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