Although a big commitment and a huge amount of work, it has definitely been worth all the effort. You can't beat the feeling of being in charge of your own business...! The move to setting up as a not-for-profit organisation seemed to really fit the ethos and approach of things at the studio, and is also beneficial in separating my own practice to some extent.
The lovely lads from Northern Kilns installing the big green kiln...(after taking the door frame off)
..and starting to get thing underway in the studio
The classes are now in full swing, with the latest evening course starting a new block yesterday. There are also a few more short taster sessions coming up, for people to try either handbuilding or throwing for a couple of hours.
A couple of people come along for individual tuition, and there is also the option for a bespoke one-off workshop for a small group or couple. These have been popular, with some students travelling from Hong Kong, USA and Australia. (Not just to come to do a workshop I should add...)
Its been great to meet all the different individuals that have come through the doors, with a few returning to work on a more unstructured basis, to practice their throwing or make specific projects.
And not to forget the students from Edinburgh College of Art:
Some of them will be putting their finished pieces up in the annual Edinburgh College of Art degree show, opening soon. http://www.degreeshow.eca.ed.ac.uk/2013/
And finally for anyone interested in an intensive four day ceramics course, we will be running our very first summer school in august.