Studio Membership

The BCB Studio, based on the historic Spode Works factory site, provides open-access ceramics facilities in Stoke-on-Trent. It is a place to create with clay, meet others, develop ideas, explore ceramics processes and refine making skills.

 

 

Membership benefits 

Membership is for those who are confident working with clay and would like to work independently.

A studio membership grants you access to the BCB Studio during open hours. These sessions run on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 – 8 pm.

A shelf space for storage and access to communal working tables, general clay tools and equipment is included in your membership fee. There is a kitchen with a kettle and fridge.

Studio members are able to pay by volume for kiln firings for more flexible working. In addition, members paying for firing in the studio will have access to in-house glazes for their pieces.

 

 

Studio equipment

The team at the studio are on hand to help you use the equipment safely, which will require you to sign up for an induction before use.

  • Potter’s wheels x3 
  • Slab roller  
  • Extruder and dies  
  • Moulds suitable for press moulding and slip casting  
  • Blunger  
  • Slip casting bench 
  • Drying cupboard  
  • Kilns (up to stoneware temperatures)  
  • Hand-building tools 
  • Screen printing equipment  
  • Digital transfer printer  

 

 

How to become a member

New applicants will need to complete a short quiz to help gauge if membership is right for them. After completing the quiz, BCB staff will be in touch to speak about next steps. If membership is the right course, you will need to pay the fee and schedule an induction to the studio. 

New members will be recruited every three months. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email studio@britishceramicsbiennial.com. You can also book a studio tour and chat with an Associate Artist about membership. 

You can also sign up to our newsletter to receive updates about events and opportunities with BCB.

 

 

Cost

£25 per month with a minimum commitment of six months.

If you have your own working space but need to hire a kiln for firing your work, we have a firing service available. Please visit our Firing Service page for more information.

 

 

Access

  • The BCB Studio has flat access via lift (115 cm x 93 cm, max load 400kg)
  • Accessible toilets are available
  • Assistance dogs welcome

If you have any questions regarding access please email studio@britishceramicsbiennial.com.

 

 

Support

The new BCB Studio has been made possible with funding from Historic England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council via the High Streets Heritage Action Zone alongside generous support from Stoke Creates and local philanthropists via the 2024 Big Give Arts for Impact campaign.