Southmead Maker Space
Our community's space for creativity and craft
What is Southmead Maker Space?
Southmead Maker Space is a community pottery studio in Southmead, run by Southmead Development Trust, a local charity. We are a collection of staff, volunteers and local residents working together to build a thriving community.
The Maker Space is based at the Southmead Adventure Playground and will offer pottery workshops for all ages and abilities, providing a welcoming space to come together to learn and create.
We’re launching this summer! There will be beginner level workshops covering the basics of hand-built pottery covering tools, techniques and processes.
Our first course!
Ceramics Hand-building: an introduction to hand building with clay
This 4 week course offers an excellent introduction to hand building with clay in a friendly, welcoming environment. Students will be taught a variety of hand-building techniques that will allow them to make ceramics that can be used at home as functional pots, or put on display as more sculptural items.
Weeks 1 and 2 of the course will introduce students to hand building techniques such as pinching, coiling and slab building.
Weeks 3 and 4 will continue to develop these skills while also introducing methods for surface decoration using underglazes as well as simple glazing to complete your piece.
This is ideal for someone starting out in learning about pottery and clay. Students who are already confident in handbuilding are also welcome to come along and work with their own projects. The class is 2 hours long each week.
Materials, tools and firings are provided. Participants must be 18+ years.
Your tutor will be Simone Davis.
Ceramics Hand-building Course Details
Dates & Times
Week 1: Friday 27th August
Week 2: Friday 3rd September
Week 3: Friday 10th September
Week 4: Friday 17th September
Each session will be 6-8pm.
After the course has finished you will be able to arrange picking up your creations to take home.
This course costs £80.
Volunteers and staff at Southmead Development Trust are eligible for a discounted rate for our first course! Get in touch if you’d like to find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring
There is nothing specific to bring – just an interest in playing with clay!
You may want to bring a face mask, notebook/sketchbook, apron and bottle of water for your own comfort or to jot down ideas and designs.
How to join the course
Cancellations & Refunds
If you cancel 7 days or more before the course begins, we will provide a full refund minus a £10 admin fee. If you cancel less than 7 days before the start date of the course no refund will be given.
COVID-19: In the event of another lockdown we would pause the course and offer either rescheduled classes when we reopen, or a refund of the classes missed.
A space for everyone to play with clay!
Try something new. Channel your inner creator. Take your creations home.
What do I need to know about Southmead Maker Space?
When does Southmead Maker Space open?
We’re running our first 4 week course from Friday 27th August! You can find the details for this course above.
Where is it?
Southmead Adventure Playground (The Ranch), Doncaster Road, Bristol, BS10 5PP
Is the The Ranch accessible?
Our building is fully accessible. There is free road parking on surrounding streets.
Who will teach the workshops?
Our workshops are led by local artists and makers with experience in ceramics and a passion for teaching! Email email@example.com to book onto a class – more information on workshops coming soon.
Are the workshops suitable for children?
Check on the details of each workshop to check who it is aimed at. Our first few workshops will be for adults, appropriate for beginners and those who’d enjoy a structured approach to learning different hand-building techniques. In the future we hope to have a wide variety of courses on offer including for younger people and children.
Is it a charity?
Southmead Maker Space is a community project run by us, Southmead Development Trust. We are a community led charity working for the benefit of Southmead. Any income from the project over and above the running costs is invested back into the charity to pay for community services, such as running youth sessions.