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Clay College Stoke Fundraising

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Westcountry Potters are proud to support Adopt A Potter and Clay College Stoke. Please find below a message from Trustee Matthew Blakely:

‘I am writing to you on behalf of Adopt A Potter about the our plan for a new tertiary education college for ceramics – Clay College Stoke. Since 2009 we have seen further declines in ceramics education in the UK and the Ceramic Community is facing a major crisis. Many ceramics departments have closed and remaining courses have a multi-disciplinary approach and production techniques are marginalised in favour of concept and design, with few practical skills being taught.

Building on our successful apprenticeship scheme, we feel it is the right time to develop our offer to a new generation of potters, by developing a second phase of work with the establishment of a ceramics college. The timing could not be more prescient given the aging of the skilled craft sector – the existing community of master potters, trained in the ‘golden age’ of studio pottery in the ‘60s and ‘70s are approaching retirement and their skills will be lost if no facility exists for them to pass on their experience to the next generation.

We are currently fundraising to raise the money that this project needs and promoting it within the ceramics community and the broader community.’

Please follow the link to the website for more information:

www.claycollegestoke.co.uk