Founded in 2009, the original idea for the Trust came from an experienced potter - Lisa Hammond - who has a tradition of taking apprentices at her studio in London. Some of these apprentices have become well recognised potters in their own right.
It takes years to train a studio potter. Unfortunately, many art colleges are finding it difficult to offer throwing in any meaningful way, so it is more important than ever for a student wishing to make functional and studio pots to have the opportunity of an apprenticeship with an experienced professional potter.
Adopt a Potter is working to establish an independent ceramics centre that will teach a comprehensive skills-based curriculum in the UK. Clay College Stoke will run a two-year full-time course for students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms. The emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials and students will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building, decoration techniques and business skills. In tandem with the course which we hope will begin in Autumn 2017, we are proposing to run evening classes, masterclasses, and lectures for the public as well as working closely with the local community.
We have identified the perfect location for Clay College Stoke in the historic ceramics centre of Middleport and are in negotiations to secure the building which includes kilns, studios and a gallery. However, to realise our ambitious plans for Clay College Stoke we need to raise funds to secure the site, purchase materials, recruit the very best teachers and carry out building works to make the spaces suitable for teaching.
If you are able to support the project, please click the link below to leave your donation and secure the future of studio pottery in the UK. You can also leave your feedback via the survey link.