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 Sun Dragon Ceramics

We are a group of ceramic artists, committed to providing an affordable studio space for other ceramic artists to use, to explore their own work.  A place where everyone is welcome to come and learn about and play with clay; where excellent health and safety practice will ensure a clean, safe and productive environment.

Sun Dragon Ceramics has emerged, phoenix like from the ashes of several, now sadly defunct, local pottery groups. Members and equipment from Quinborne Pottery Group, Stone Hall adult education and Ladywood Arts Centre pottery studio are now gathered together at Sun Dragon Ceramics. The studio was set up by Olga Terry, Rebecca Belcher, Steve Stephens, Fiona Scanlan, and, with the help of many others (too numerous to mention).

Olga, a ceramics graduate and art teacher, is currently on maternity leave.

Becky loves all aspects of pottery has a real enthusiasm for making up glazes – and even inventing new ones (occasionally by accident!).

Steve, a musician and artist, has a relatively new relationship with clay

Fiona makes ceramic objects of great beauty.

The aim of the studio is to provide a space for artists and craftspeople to work, and to encourage community involvement in pottery.

People can join in at any level, beginners or advanced. The positive health benefits of making with clay, and developing work can aid relaxation and improve a busy and stressful life. Artists from other fields of study are welcome to come in on collaborative and mixed media works. We also take part in commissioned group work, which we all consult on and create as a team.

We have many experienced potters here, who are excited about creating an encouraging environment, and also people new to pottery who are eager to learn new skills.

The studio is well equipped with six wheels, including one foot driven, electric kilns, numerous moulds to suit a variety of tastes, a selection of mainly stoneware but some earthenware glazes, an extruder and lots of tools. At the moment we are working towards building up funds to purchase a gas kiln.

The pottery is run as a “not for profit” club, and is funded by subscription (annual and sessional) and ten percent of the price of any items sold goes into the funds. We intend to take part in local arts events, to both sell our wares and to generate an enthusiasm for clay work in the community. We are also keen to produce high quality saleable work, where we keep our money local, and support each other.

There is no teacher, instead the more experienced people help the less experienced and we all learn from each other. However Becky has recently run a successful series of workshops with a craft group who were new to clay.

Between us we make functional and sculptural items and our styles and influences vary enormously.

In September (2014) we ran a very busy and successful clay making day, as part of Harborne Artsmile.  It was held in the beer garden of The Proverbial Public House!  Everyone, young and old, and lots of families made with clay and had a lot of fun together.

We welcome new members to join the group.

Where is it? Sun Dragon Ceramics studio is behind The Ort Café, within the "Make It Zone" at The Old Print Works, 506 Moseley Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH, opposite Moseley Road Swimming Baths.

This former printworks houses a number of artists and craftspeople, with whom we have collaborated in producing multi media pieces. We have accepted commissions from other craftspeople and performance artists, recently producing acorn cups for a fairy tea party and currently a sink for an upcycled bathroom cabinet.


To find out more about joining us please contact Becky on 07590 402 633 or Fiona on 07794 331 471 or email sundragoncommunitypottery@gmail.com  or becky_belcher@hotmail.com.
Or follow us on instagram @sundragonpottery or twitter @sundragonpotter

Fiona Scanlan


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General Policies & Rules:

All children under 16 are to be accompanied by a responsible adult.  

If there are specific courses where children can be unaccompanied it will be announced in a course description. Unless stated otherwise children under 16 must be accompanied.

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 Communityleader Becky

This is the person who answers the phone when you contact us (see contact details) and she'll happily tell you when you can come around to play with clay.


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John talking about our Pottery
The Old Print Works, Birmingham: John from WideFrame on Vimeo.



   

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