Clay Studio Manchester, 61 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RF – Visit Now
Clay Studio is an open and welcoming space for ceramicists, hobbyists and those curious and keen to explore pottery. Clay is located opposite Hulme Community Garden Centre. within a work for change cooperative, just outside of the city centre. The studio’s large windows and angular interior make for an interesting space to get creative in. Clay work requires you to focus your mind on a task fully, which is a great way of clearing your head and improving concentration. Occasionally in the summer, the studio will do outdoor firings at Hulme Community Garden Centre, one of the benefits of being slightly outside of the city centre. The studio was started by three potters and teachers with varied backgrounds bringing a wide range of skills to the table. It now also has a team of technicians on hand to help with glazing, teaching and maintaining the materials.
The weekly beginner classes are a great way to get your first taste of ceramics. You’ll learn to hand build and throw on a wheel as well as being given the technical skills to complete your own projects. With class sizes fairly small, at ten people per session, you’ll get to know the other people creating around you and develop a sense of community within the class. As well as the classes, which are open to everyone, the studio has members. These can be people who have previously attended classes and are now working independently on their own projects or established ceramicists who use the space as a studio. Twice a year you can see the members work in their July and Winter exhibition sales. If you’re interested in having a go at pottery but can’t commit to a weekly class, there are regular taster sessions as well as one to one and two to one sessions available. Some classes are for making a specific object while others have a bit more freedom, you can check the Clay website for more details on each class.