Welcome - This is a Social Enterprise Business It aims to help potters and ceramic artists to become better known, to sell their work, to fill their courses and to provide a window into this fantastic world of 3D art!

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Work for Sale

Ceramics by John Calver at Studiopottery.co.uk

John Calver

Ceramics by Margaret Curtis at Studiopottery.co.uk

Margaret Curtis

Upcoming events

Made in the Middle (part 5) at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum 23rd January to 10th March, 2018 touring show.
Sites Unseen at Studio Eleven 24th January to 11th March, 2018 Sites Unseen is an exhibition of paintings by Chrissy Collinson and ceramic pieces by Martin Harman.
Matthew Warner Solo Show at Contemporary Applied Arts 8th February to 10th March, 2018 A solo exhibition of new work by London-based potter and CAA maker member Matthew Warner.

Recently added Courses

Experimental Ceramic Workshop - Claire Ireland - 18th September to 20th November, 2017
This course will explore the use of clay in an experimental way 
Celia Allen - Animal Sculpture at West Dean - 22nd - 25th September 2017
Animal Sculpture
Adult Summer Pottery Course with Mohamed Hamid - 28th August to 1st September, 2017
Hand building, throwing and decorating techniques! (previous week Fully booked!)
Classes in Portugal - Catherine Portal - 18th - 22nd September 2017
A 5 day intensive workshop: 5 days of  'potting' with no interruptions where each one can explore their creativity through hand-building, sculpting or wheelwork and then relax round the garden table over a home-cooked lunch enjoying conversations with fellow potters.

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!

Posted on April 14 2016 under News, News about Makers, News for Makers.