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 David Melville at Studiopottery.co.uk

David Melville

Upcoming events

Cumbrian Ceramics at UpFront Gallery 18th November to 10th January, 2018 Major exhibition featuring almost all the potters working in Cumbria today.
Celia Allen at Biscuit Factory, The 15th - 30th November 2017 Celia allen - new sculpture - must check exact dates
Winter Draws Nigh at Brook Street Pottery and Gallery 18th November to 6th January, 2018 Includes work by Jitka Palmer. private view on Saturday 18th November 11 am - 4 pm
Farnham Festival of Crafts - with ceramics at Farnham Maltings 28th - 29th October 2017 Includes ceramics from Rose Dickinson.

Recently added Courses

Animal Sculpting With Celia Allen - 8th - 10th September 2017
Learn how to sculpt animals of various forms, with a possible Raku firing day to finish
Slip Decorating With Richard Wilson - 23rd - 25th June 2017
Students will be throwing or press moulding forms to decorate with slips.
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.
Hand Building & Smoke Firing Course at the Moulin with Frances Marr - 11th - 17th June 2017
Over the the course of the week we will explore smoke-firing techniques resulting from the interaction of clay and fire. 

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.