Potters, Bristol: 20th Anniversary Celebrations
‘Potters’ is celebrating its 20th ANNIVERSARY as a not-for-profit cooperative of studio potters and successful independent arts business.
The cooperative was initially founded by Margaret Crump, who was the original Manager and who remains an active member today; alongside other members of the South Wales Potters marketing team in 1996. ‘Potters’ began life as a pop up shop in Whiteladies Road, Clifton, and within a couple of weekends became a permanent fixture opened with the help of some begged, borrowed and rapidly made display units. Filled with the work of members of South Wales Potters members, initially on a six-month lease, the incredible success of the shop has meant that twenty years later Potters is still successfully selling hand-crafted ceramics to the public, a rare feat in today’s economic market. With one successive relocation from Clifton to the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter nine years ago, all of the 25 plus members work hard to ensure that it continues to be successful for many more years to come.
Potters’ remit has always been to promote hand-crafted British ceramics, all locally made by skilled makers, all of whom are personally involved in selling their ceramics directly to the public from the Potters cooperative outlet shop, found on Perry Road in the centre of Bristol. The shop runs as a not-for-profit organisation; by the members for the members, and staffed by members whose work is on display, who take turns working in the shop. By being closely involved in the running of the shop, we can provide all of our loyal customers with a wealth of information based on our experiences.
Members are selected by the existing members on the basis of their work being of a high standard of craftsmanship and adding something new to the range of work already available from the cooperative. All our ceramics are designed and made in Britain by individual makers or businesses. Potters sells a wide-range of functional and decorative ceramics and the diversity of the work on offer is continually growing and changing; from thrown mugs, so ably demonstrated on the BBC’s successful and critically acclaimed “Great British Pottery Throwndown”, to large breath-taking sculptural works, all hand-crafted by our members.
Potters also prides itself on nurturing new and emerging talent by continually attracting and inviting new members to join the cooperative. Potters also invites internationally renowned makers to exhibit with us as “guest artists” at least six times a year, allowing an even wider selection of ceramics to suit every taste.
We here at Potters think that thriving as an independent business in Bristol for two decades is something to be proud of, and we’d like you to join us in celebrating our success! You can do this by taking part in our Twentieth Anniversary giveaway! Some of our makers have very kindly donated a piece of work to be raffled off to celebrate this momentous occasion and if you come into the Potters shop on Perry Road on the 7thof May, during the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter Street Fair, and quote the reference ‘Potters596’ you’ll be automatically entered into the raffle. Who knows, you could win a unique piece handmade by one of our members!