At the heart of CUP Ceramics Community is a drive for social, economic and environmental sustainability. We provide space and facilities for Herefordshire communities to develop practical skills and gain therapeutic benefits through creating ceramics.
For a very reasonable monthly fee, members will have access to excellent quality kilns, wheels, hand building equipment, glazes and advice from mentors and technicians. We create opportunities for members to sell their products, share knowledge and experiences in an inclusive artistic community.
CUP is a social enterprise so we listen to our community and focus our profits towards the community. We endeavour to provide access to making for all through our community access sessions, outreach work and online courses. CUP seeks environmental sustainability, so energy sources and features of our business always look to have the minimum impact on the environment.
CUP offers a unique service of access to excellent facilities, storage, mentoring and courses; details of which are listed below. With any membership plan you get your own personal storage shelf (approx. 90cmx45cmx45cm), advice and mentoring from our staff, use of equipment and up to 40 litres a month set temperature firings. The only additional thing you need to buy is clay, which we sell on-site at bulk prices.
Only clay purchased from CUP can be used on the premises for quality control reasons. We aim to make clay as affordable as possible by buying in bulk and transferring this benefit to our members. This allows us to sustainably recycle our own clay in house and offer it to members for very cheap rates.
We have a well stocked glaze room and technician on site, we have a rotating variety of our own house glazes, and you may bring your own glazes in to fire so long as they have been checked for safety with one of our technicians.
Two large making tables provide ample surface area for our members to hand build on.
We have excellent wheels available to members and classes in our throwing area.
We have an excellent quality slab roller for members interested in slab building, and a wide range of tools.
Two large top loading kilns are be available for regular standard firings of 950 degrees celsius for bisque and 1240 for glaze. Members may also hire a full kiln firing on request.