clay was set up by Caroline Tattersall, Robert Bree and Stephen Graham to provide a dedicated workshop for new graduates, experienced and hobby ceramicists in need of workspace and equipment and wanting the creativity of a communal shared venue.
Caroline, Robert and Stephen draw on their diverse teaching and making experience to provide a range of classes for students of all abilities from beginners through to experienced makers wanting to expand their technical skills.
The studio is based within the Work for Change co-operative in Hulme. The unit has just been completed so the space is accessible, clean and light. There is an area for classes as well as the shared studio workspace and a separate glaze / plaster area.
The current facilities include: 3 kilns (which are operated by staff only), 5 potters' wheels of various makes and models, several hand-building work surfaces, an extruder, a plaster lathe, a selection of small tools, a selection of ceramics-related literature, a range of stoneware glazes and other decorating materials.
Caroline studied Ceramics at both the Royal College of Art, London and UWIC, Cardiff and has exhibited and won awards both nationally and internationally for her ceramic sculptures.
She has also taught in a variety of of teaching environments (schools, hospitals, community centres, universities, charities) working with a wide range of the general public She has a successful business running Poynton Pottery and has her own ceramic practice, she also has a studio space in Salford.
Robert taught pottery at the Manchester Adult Education Service for many years and has a good all-round experience and understanding of hand-building, throwing and decorating procedures and processes. He studied Ceramics at the Glasgow School of Art and holds a PGCE in Adult Education.
Stephen has both a BA Honours in Ceramics from Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, and a MA from the Royal College of Art, London in Ceramics and has a wide range of technical and teaching experience. He last taught as a Specialist Technician at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, and has taught at De Montfort University, Brighton University and Liverpool Hope University.
Stephen also runs his own business producing ceramics for exhibitions, the market and for clients around the world, giving him great hands on knowledge of how to work within the professional field. He has exhibited works in high profile ceramic exhibitions in the USA, Japan, and Italy.
Stephen has a real passion for the transfer of knowledge and skills to enhance and enrich people’s lives.
Community Clay Studio Manchester
61 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Machester, M15 5RF
Company Number: 10910689