Adopt a Potter Trust is a registered charity which was set up to help secure the future of studio pottery by funding apprenticeships, thus enabling students to work alongside a master potter. It is hoped that an apprentice will learn and develop some of the necessary skills required to establish their own career and business.
In recent years a decline in ceramics education has been witness in the UK and the ceramic community is now facing a major crisis as the skills gap continues to grow. Adopt-a-Potter took action against this with the development of the Clay College initiative which is aimed at offering a skills-based, full-time ceramics course taught by potters who make a living through ceramics. They are proposing that from September 2017, a two-year full-time course will be run for 14 students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms.
The emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials. Students will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration techniques. This will be augmented by modules focusing on business and marketing which will offer students the opportunity to become self-sufficient, developing their own business model to suit their work and sufficiently skilled to join a work force in a production pottery.
As a UK registered charity the Clay College is reliant on donations and grants to ensure the college is a success and currently needs to raise over £200,000 (£130,000 of which has already been secured). For further information on the Clay College and how you can support a great initiative pop along to the Adopt-a-Potter individual marquee (outside the Hans Coper Maquee) or visit www.claycollegestoke.co.uk
For further details on Adopt a Potter visit www.adoptapotter.org.uk