Open-Access Ceramic Studio Membership

In early 2019 The Clay Room UK is going to open its doors to new members, offering studio membership to three people who work with clay. The aim of the membership is to offer a collaborative creative space for practising artists and designers who want to be part of a community of like minded makers.

The studio is located just off Orpington High Street, (London Borough of Bromley) and a 15 minute walk from Orpington Train Station, providing great public transport access from South East London and surrounding areas.

Aimed at artists, designers or potters who are able to work independently, the membership offers open-access to the ceramic studio and equipment, including wheels and kilns. The Clay Room UK hopes find people who want to develop their practice creatively and/or technically, to be part of a on-going open dialogue between practitioners and to work respectively alongside others. Membership can be short term or long term.

The Clay Room UK consists to two spaces. A main working studio with large tables, three wheels and tools, where group classes are held and a separate smaller space for members storage and kilns. Members will have their own shelves to store work-in-progress, tools and materials. The membership will include practical support with developing skills, technical support with materials and firings, as well as a creative support network.

What is included…

  • Storage space comprising of multiple shelves in a locked storeroom.

  • Open-access every day (see below for more details)

  • Access to wheels, group firings, bookable full kiln loads, and studio tools.

  • A kiln shelf worth of work to be bisque fired per month

  • A kiln shelf worth of work to be fired to stoneware 1240oC each month.

  • Access to a good collection of ceramic books.

  • Technical, creative and skills development and support.

What you need to provide…

  • Your own materials and glazes.

  • A deposit

What is extra…

  • Additional bisque firings and glaze firings. You can book the whole kiln, or you can book a shelf within a bisque firing (1000oC) or a stoneware firing (1240oC). If you just have a couple of small pieces to fire, this will be priced based on weight.


During term time their are several classes each week in the main studio space. Access at these times is still possible, but it will be busier and you may not be able to use the wheels. Occasionally the main studio will be closed, but these dates will be listed at least one week in advance. At these times, full access to the storeroom will still be possible.

Unfortunately The Clay Room UK cannot accommodate a production potter or someone wanting to work full-time within the studio. The membership is not suitable for beginners.


Please send the following information to

  • Your name and a brief description about your background in clay

  • What you are looking for in a studio

  • How you are currently working with clay (throwing, hand-building, casting) and your aims for your practice (improve skills, exhibit, develop new work etc)

  • A couple of photo’s of your work