Starter Studio: Ceramics

To foster new talent and support early career artists, Yorkshire Artspace runs two Starter Studio Programmes in Sheffield: one for Designer Silversmiths & Jewellers and one for Ceramicists.

Designed to help ambitious and entrepreneurial artists at an early career stage to develop their skills and creative enterprises in a supportive environment, the programmes offer access to shared workspace and equipment, technical and mentor support, business advice and occasional commission and exhibition opportunities.

The Starter Studio Programme for Ceramicists is delivered from a large purpose built, eco-designed shared space at Manor Oaks Studios. If you work with clay and you are looking to further your skills and professional development, this may well be the opportunity you are looking for.

Key Features of the 2 year Programme include:

  • 7am - 9pm access to, equipped shared 52sqm studio space
  • Access to technical and mentor support
  • Face to face business advice and support
  • Bursary to undertake online professional development training via The Design Trust
  • 'All Fired Up' Ceramic Commission opportunitiy and occasional showing/exhbition opportunities
  • Cost £120 per month (inclusive of heat/power) plus 1 month bond repayable on leaving the programme
  • Receive a 20% discount on regular studio rental for 2 years from completion of the programme (subject to studio availability)

The Starter Studio mentors are all experienced, nationally known ceramicists, including Penny Withers, Hanne Westergaard, Pottery West, Emilie Taylor, Anna-Mercedes Wear and Brian Holland.

Sheffield is a geat place to live and start your new creative entreprise. It is a friendly and lively city with a population of approx. 700,000. Located on the boundary of the stunning Peak District National Park, Sheffield has great transport links (approx. 2 hours to London and approx 1 hour to Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds by train). It is claimed that Sheffield has more artists than any other city in England apart from London and this is reflected in the number of studio groups in the city and a lively cultural scene. Sheffield is a great place to get your creative career started and we are happy to help you find your way around if you are new to the city. Visit Our Favourite Places for more info.

"This programme has been wonderful for me so far. If I look back a year when I worked from a garage in my hometown in Wales, trying to develop new work in freezing conditions with no support whatsoever, I wouldn't have been able to imagine how quickly things can turn round with the right conditions and the best business and mentor support I could have wished for.

I'll soon be showing my new work at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair; my confidence has greatly improved, my knowledge of the sector has increased and I have tons of ideas to get going on with. One of the best decisions made in the last year!" Sally Bertram

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We are able to provide support for two ceramicists each year. For further information and how to apply, please download and read our Starter Studio Application Pack.

We welcome applications throughout the year and all applications will be considered as they are received and places offered accordingly. There is an overall cut-off deadline of 9am 10th April for the Starter Studio programme commencing in the respective October.

We recommend that you visit our facilities before submitting an application; the Starter Studio Open Day takes place during our annual Open Studios event in November and we advise applicants use the opportunity to explore our facilities, chat with studio holders and ask any questions.

Please contact Rachael Dodd, Programme Manager at Yorkshire Artspace with any queries, on 0114 2130111 or

If you’d like to submit an application, please download and complete the Starter Studio Application Pack.