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Cyan Clayworks

*CURRENT SITUATION - COURSES*  Keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages for updates, and an outline of our phased opening. 


Cyan Clayworks was established in 2012 as a Community Interest Company and is a specialist centre for creative learning and making run by Chris Donnelly and Fiona Thompson. It's a working studio, with the bright open plan workspace divided into different areas. An important ethos to this artist run studio is that class sizes are small to allow for enough support for each student. 


As practising ceramic artists, trained to postgraduate level, they bring a lot of experience in many aspects of studio practice. Fiona specialises in handbuilding and various approaches to the surface, and established her practice in the mid 1990s. Chris focuses on tableware, both wheelthrown and jigger jollied (a specialist industrial technique adapted for studio use), and has been making work since the mid 1990s also after studying in Canada. Both have exhibited widely, taught in numerous locations and taken part in artist residencies. 


Regular courses and bespoke workshops are run at the studio, and individual tuition for all levels of ability is offered. Many professional artists, designers and students have passed through the doors, learning new skills to diversify their own knowledge. Chris and Fiona enjoy working with others and passing on their knowledge and enthusiam for ceramics. 


All the workshops and courses are aimed at adults. It is an open plan work space, and like any ceramic studio, it contains essential machinery, tools/equipment and hazardous raw materials. The studio is therefore not able to accomodate anyone under 17 or adults with complex support needs, for health and safety reasons. 


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