Fantastic Fully Equipped Ceramics Studio in the

Centre of Portsmouth!

We have something for everyone at Clay Station from the complete beginner to experienced makers!

Based in our beautiful studio on the 1st floor of the Omega Centre we hold regular workshop sessions for our members and courses for all abilities from beginners to experienced potters. Many members of the group started off on our short courses before becoming full members and joining the regular sessions.  We keep our classes small so there is plenty of room to get creative and we have an experienced member running each session so you get all the advice and guidance you need. The range of work that is produced is just amazing!

You will find that we have everything you need for hand building ceramics including large work benches, a slab roller, coil extruder’sand all kinds of modelling tools.  If you’ve always wanted to learn to throw pots then we can offer 4 electric wheels and some expert tuition to get you started.

Our materials are always well stocked and we have a range of clays available and a wide selection of oxides and glazes.  We are also happy to obtain specific items for our members.  And of course we have plenty of room in our 3 kilns – – so your work can be fired promptly .

Our studio is bright and welcoming and between us all we can offer many years of experience in ceramics – so why not get in contact or drop in and see us to find out more!

 

The Clay Station has now got a patron!

The Clay Station is delighted and very excited to announce that we now have a Patron, Keith Brymer Jones-He was one of the judges on the Great British Throwdown last year

Here is a short message from Keith

“I have found that working with Clay and creating pots has been a wonderful outlet for me, so I am proud to be patron of The Clay Station. I discovered my love for clay at a very early age so value the importance of giving people (young and older) the opportunity to explore their creativity through such a wonderful and versatile medium. The Clay Station is a wonderful project that is helping people in the community to express themselves through the material of clay with their ‘Clay Without Borders’ scheme, and they are not only helping people on an individual level, but also highlighting the rich history of ceramics in this country and, in particular, Portsmouth.”

The Clay Station welcomes a new patron

We are so very excited and pleased to welcome Kate Malone as patron -judge on the BBC Great British Throw Down programme.

She as sent us a message

“To be involved in creating something is a life enhancing occasion. It feeds the soul, feeds confidence, fills with a  sense of achievement and feeds the pleasure zones of the brain. But it is not just for ones self that one creates, something made is a gift to others to see or to have. Making something from clay and witnessing the transformation by hand,  air and heat  to ceramic… soft to hard, dry powders to shiny, is a great thing to experience and i urge anyone interested to have a go. I recommend, whether young or old, parent or child…just have a go and harvest the benefits.  The Clay Station is a community facility that i dream might be in every village and town in the country… sadly these places are special and rare, so i am honoured to be asked to be patron of the Clay Station. I look forward to a long and joyous relationship with the place and people so as to celebrate the art and craft  of making… …. good luck and may the clay force be with you!”.

 

 

 EXCITING NEWS -CS has Big Lottery Fundinglottery logo large

 “Clay Without Borders”

Clay Station has now launched its project “Clay Without Borders” (CWB)

Find out more on the CWB page on our website!

 

“Make a Fish – Make a Wish”

We have a new ceramic project approaching thanks to more lottery funding.

This one is open to everyone – just come along to Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth and have fun making fish from porcelain paper clay-a very special and lovely clay to work with. We are going to create lots of fish and install as a shoal in the Cathedral.

All dates will be announced on the website and Facebook page very soon! Start date is end of September and will run until the middle of October.

A date to put in your diary is Friday November 17th – we will be having a VIP opening of the installation when our wonderful patron Keith Brymer Jones will be with us.

 

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13 responses »

  1. I would love to have the chance of a “taster” clay making session. Im available at relatively short notice. If I enjoy the taster. Have not tried before and would like a go. I’m sure I’d be addicted and will be committed to becoming a regular member. How soon can I start please? Thanks. Kate

  2. Hi
    We did the taster day before Christmas and if possible would like to collect our creations
    Could you let e know when would be a good time to do so
    Regards Stewart Copps

  3. Dear Claystation,
    I would very much like to come and try to improve my limited skills.
    Please will you let me know when the next sessions begin.
    Yours
    Alec

    • Hi Alec. We don’t have a date for general courses quite yet but there are a few throwing courses. These are limited to 4 students so everyone gets lots of guidance and help. They are 3 days long which works well. Day 1 we throw, day 2 we turn and the third day is for glazing. Students usually make at least half a dozen finished pots and it is a fun and relaxed course. The cost is £120 for the 3 days which includes materials. All sessions are 4 hours long. The dates which have spaces are June 11/12/26th July 9/10/24th and 16/17/24th.
      Please let me know if you would;d like to book a place. You are very welcome to visit the studio to ave a look round. We are there most days but please let us know if you are visiting so we can make sure there is someone available to show you around.
      Kind regards
      Ginny

      • Hi Alec-Just to let you know the new dates for the throwing course-Nov 5th/6th and 19th.Hope you can still make it. I won’t be around as my husband has recently retired and we are flying away on a 6 week adventure-well you have to do it when you get the chance!!!! I really hope everything goes well with the chemo. Good luck and hope to meet you and your wife at some point. Ginny

  4. Hi. I need a pice off pottery that needs to be repaired do you do this, and if not do you know of someone locally that does this work regards Andrew

    • Hi-It depends what the repair involves-Do bring it in and we can have a look. CS is in the studio Tuesdays 4-8pm and Friday 11am-3pm.

  5. Hi
    Hope you can help.
    I’d like to be able to make an Olla for irigating my garden.
    Could I do this on a taster session?
    Many thanks

    • Hi Richard – We are not currently offering taster sessions for beginners. Taster sessions are for experienced potters who wish to try our studio in view of becoming members.We are however putting on new courses and day workshops. Dates are being confirmed and will be advertised soon on the website and our FB page.
      To answer your question about an olli-it would be easily mage by coil building which can be done in 1-2 sessions depending on size.
      You are very welcome to visit us and see the audio and have a chat. Our regular times are Tuesdays 4-8pm and Fridays 11am-3pm.
      Just drop in! Use the Omega centre main door but if that is locked please ring the bell by the firedoor-There is a sign on the door!
      Hope to see you soon
      Kind regards
      Ginny

  6. Dear Ginny
    Thanks for the info on the basic throwing course.
    Yes, I would like to attend on the 5 and 6 of November and then on the later date in November.
    Please tell me what to do next.
    I will ring up this morning and chat to somebody there.
    Best wishes
    Alec Roberts

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