We are planning to reopen fully at Step 2, currently scheduled for 12th April. This will include full membership services and all our classes.
While educational settings will resume services from 8th March, we will wait until the members' studios can reopen before we return to full operations. Classes that are already running may be able to return sooner, following government guidance. We will update you by email as soon as we have news.
Memberships for professional makers
For members making work to sell, both studios are currently open for limited hours. For members using the studio for work the usual contract terms will apply and you will need to give us notice of suspensions.
Until April 12th opening hours are
As a result of changes made earlier in the year, the studios are Covid-secure, with no close contact between members. Please be reminded that to prevent becoming a 'close contact' and spreading the virus, you should at no point come within one metre distance of another person within the studio (or within 2 meters for longer than 15 minutes). Masks should be worn at all times. You can expect regular sanitation and ventilation of the work space; you can do your part by regularly washing your hands.
Supporting the studio
The survival of our studio is now again at risk as even with the government furlough scheme in place we will be losing large amounts of money every day. This new virus variant means this lockdown is likely to go on beyond the time period we’d planned to weather. Anyone who is able to keep going with their membership or to give a contribution at this time could be instrumental in helping us to survive. If you can continue to support us, we will be deeply grateful.
In Production membership
To further support professional members, In Production membership has reduced in price to £250 per month, with firing fees of £40 per glaze kiln (bisque included). The reduced price will be valid for December, January and February, with a reduced minimum commitment of two months. Support will be provided to help makers new to studio management pack their kilns and fire them, and to mix glazes (although they will also have access to premixed Turning Earth glazes during this time). We also have a gas kiln, and help on hand to learn to use it. In addition, In Production membership gives makers independent 24-hour unlimited access. Please see the In Production website to learn more about the facilities. Covid Secure measures are in place in the studio and will be made more stringent to reflect use by a greater number of members.
The studio would have not survived the second lockdown if it had not been for the support of members throughout the pandemic, many of whom have been exceptionally generous. Please let us express our warmest gratitude for everything our community has done to keep us alive. We love you.