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.

                                 

Table work

Two large making tables will provide ample surface area for our members to hand build on.


Throwing

We have 8 excellent wheels available to members and classes in our throwing area.  


Handbuilding

We will have an excellent quality slab roller for members interested in slab building. An extruder is mounted on the wall for those who wish to use it.


Firing

Two large L and L top loading kilns and one large front loading kiln will be available for regular standard firings of 950 degrees celsius for bisque and 1240 for glaze. Firings outside this temperature may be achieved by hiring a kiln. Ask our staff for details.

clay and glazes

CLAY

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. We will also have a pug mill to recycle clay for members and host community recycling days where members can learn to make more sustainably. 

 

GLAZES

Only pre-mixed glazes will be available initially as part of membership but we are fast developing a wonderful selection of mid-fire glazes.

 


Mentoring

CUP will always have a qualified ceramicist on site with a wide skill base to support members in whatever way they may need. We  have made connections with Hereford College of Arts and will support undergraduates and masters graduate ceramicists by housing them through time and work exchange agreements. One to one sessions with our mentors will also be able to be arranged at an extra cost. If this is something that interests you please contact us through the links at the foot of the page. 


storage

Each member will have a personal storage shelf (approx. 90cmx45cmx45cm). 


shop and snack

CUP will also house a shop selling tools and a cosy cafe serving teas, coffee, cakes, salads and toasties all served on our home produce of course!