What does a CUP membership include?

Membership includes up to 4hr, 12hr and unlimited access to open studio depending on your contract. Your monthly fee will include guidance from our onsite mentors, use of facilities, tools, and glazes, up to 30 litres per month of standard temperature firing, and your own storage shelf (45cmx45cmx90cm). The only additional thing you have to buy is clay, which we sell on-site at bulk prices. Evidence of previous training in ceramics is necessary to become a member, otherwise we encourage you to take our 10 week ceramics for all course and go from there...

What will membership cost?

clay lover contract (up to 12hr open studio per week)

Pay monthly contract,  3 month commitment:
£75 a month

Pay monthly contract, 6 month commitment:
£70  a month

Pay monthly contract, 12 month commitment:
£65 a month

Cheaper to buy in bulk! A three month membership costs £230 (so £70 per month), a 6 month membership costs just £390 (so £65 a month), or you can pay £720 upfront and get 12 months of membership for just £60 a month.

 

Part time clay lover contract (up to 4 hours open studio per week)

pay monthly contract, 3 month commitment:

£55 A MOnth

pay monthly contract, 6 month commitment:

£50 a month

pay monthly contract, 12 month commitment:

£45 a month

Cheaper to buy in bulk! A three month membership costs £150 (so £50 per month), a 6 month membership costs just £270 (so £45 a month), or you can pay £540 upfront and get 12 months of membership for just £40 a month.

 

Full-ACCESS contract (Unlimited access)

pay monthly contract, 3 month commitment:

£120 A MOnth

pay monthly contract, 6 month commitment:

£115 a month

pay monthly contract, 12 month commitment:

£110 a month

Cheaper to buy in bulk! A three month membership costs £345 (so £115 per month), a 6 month membership costs just £660 (so £110 a month), or you can pay £1260 upfront and get 12 months of membership for just £105 a month.

We encourage our members to walk, cycle or car share if you can!

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One of our mentors at work at the wheel...

At CUP there will be trained mentors on site for advice and assistance on our systems and processes.

Our first 4 week taster course in action…

Our first 4 week taster course in action…

Will courses run at CUP?

10 week ‘ceramics for all’ course: We run a ‘ceramics for all’ course all year round which is designed to lead into studio membership. Our course leader and experienced ceramicist and educationalist Pat Thompson of 'All year round pottery' will handle the development of your skills and the conveying of our ethos with her very capable hands. This course is ideal for you if you are looking for an extensive introduction to throwing and hand building or just to refresh rusty skills.

Upcoming courses:

Monday 14th January 2019 6.30-9pm

Thursday 7th Feb 2019 6.30-9pm

Monday 29th April 2019 6.30-9pm

Cost: £200

plus £6.50 per kilo for materials/firing costs for finished products.

This ten week beginner’s course will guide you through the basics of pottery techniques, using both hand-building and wheel-throwing.

At the beginning of each pottery lesson there is a demonstration of a technique to be used in the class. You will then be able to create your own unique piece using the technique you have been shown or work on your own project. Techniques include pinch pots, slab work, surface decoration & wheel work.

During the 10-week course we will progress through the following:

An introduction to the studio and equipment, looking at the clays and glazes used at CUP

An introduction to clay preparation: wedging and kneading as a preliminary to further clay work.

Wheel work demonstrations of basic centring techniques and practising these techniques demonstrations of thrown forms on the wheel: a cylinder, followed by individual practise a bowl, followed by individual practise a plate, followed by individual practise learning to trim and finish a pot, learning to pull and apply handles of different shapes and types pulling a pouring spout on jugs

Hand building demonstrations of pinch pots and practising these techniques demonstrations of coil pots and practising these techniques demonstrations of slab-rolling and practising these techniques

Surface decoration

There are many different ways to decorate your pots both before and after bisque firing. We will explore many of these, and you will have ample opportunity to practise on your own pots.

The groups are small, friendly & informal, with a maximum of seven students per class so that we can provide you with ample support & encouragement.

The cost includes all firing and glazing and re-firing, which will be done for you. There will be a charge of £6.50 per kilo for finished pottery. The whole process from making to finished work ready for you to take home takes several weeks.

All equipment, tools & storage space will be provided. Please bring your own apron, towel, notebook and pen.

Classes will be 2 ½ hours, allowing 2 hours work, 15 min break, and 15 min clear-up.

Pottery Taster sessions: This 2.5 hour taster session serves as a great introduction to ceramics. Learn how to work with the material, hand build pots and take turns to use the potters wheels. Here's a chance for you to have a hands-on experience of working with clay while  learning more about pottery and CUP Ceramics Community. Up to 12 people per session, bring your own apron and don't wear your best clothes or shoes!

At the end of the session you will select 3 of your best pots to be left for firing and glazing. Extra items may be fired and collected at a cost of £6.50 per kilo. 

Upcoming courses:

Saturday 9th February 2019 10am-12.30pm

Cost: £40

One day intensive taster: This course will introduce you to making pots on a wheel - throwing, or enable you to practise and deepen your knowledge. 

The workshop starts at 10.30am. There will be a demonstration of pot-throwing processes. Then you will be encouraged to develop at your own pace with individual tutoring as and when required, using an electric wheel.

A light in-house lunch will be provided.

In the afternoon there will be further demonstrations after which you may wish to work larger lumps of clay, make bigger projects and explore different shapes and forms. 

This course is really for anyone, those entirely new to throwing as well as those with experience. You can go along at your own pace with individual guidance from our course leader Pat Thompson once you've seen demonstrations.

Upcoming courses:

Sunday 17th February 2019 10am-4pm

Cost: £95

At the end of the session you will select 4 of your best pots to be left for firing and glazing. Extra items may be fired and collected at a cost of £6.50 per kilo. 

10 week intermediate course: We aim to run an 10 week intermediate course in more advanced skills in throwing and hand-building in 2019. Please contact for details: info@cupceramics.com £200

plus £6.50 per kilo for materials/firing costs for finished productS

Master classes: CUP aims to run regular masterclasses in throwing, hand-building, glazing and firing as well as hosting guest speakers from expert artists from all over the UK. Discounts for all master classes educational events will apply to contracted members. Contact us for details: info@cupceramics.com

If what you have seen interests you please make us aware of your interest through the contact links at the foot of the page.