Trylla ceramics studio opens its doors to all budding potters. Whether you are an experienced potter who needs space to work on their own projects or a beginner who has a bit of knowledge and wants to experiment with clay, all are welcome.
Clay Club acts as an open access to the studio and so this is not a taught lesson - however you have access to Alice, our chief technician, who will be on hand to answer questions and to give you suggestions on how best to create and proceed with your projects, should you need it.
The ceramics studio is on the ground floor and basement beneath Trylla, on North Street. The studio benefits from all the tools and equipment you will need to make great pots as well as all of the glaze colours you can imagine. Alice will use her kiln to fire your work for you in between sessions.
You will choose to do either 'clay work' or 'colour work' for your whole session:
If you opt for clay work you will be provided with a 1kg blob of ice white, gritty peach or terracotta Earthenware Clay - it’s your choice. You will then spend the session making whatever you like, focusing on the form of your project. Clay work is generally done in the basement studio - It has a low ceiling (175cm), but you will spend most of the session sat at a table.
In the following session you attend you might opt for colour work, to decorate your projects. You will have access to a HUGE selection of underglaze paints, jazzy speciality glazes and transparent topcoat to do this. Colour work is generally done on the ground floor of the shop.
Whatever you create during your experience will be fired by Alice and ready to pick up 2 weeks later.
Each 6ft long table will have space for 2 people, with the exception of any pal you may have come along with who is a part of your ‘bubble’. Aprons will not be available, so please bring along your own if you would like! You will be required to wear a mask during class. Please do not attend Clay Club if you have been in contact with anyone who may have Covid.
It is advisable to wear clothes you don't mind getting a bit messy. Some of the clays can stain white clothing so avoid wearing white. The shop is right near Bedminster Parade so it is easily accessible from the centre of Bristol on the bus via the M1/ 24 / 75 / 76 busses. There is also Bedminster train station just a 15 minute walk away.
Trylla was created as a playful environment for people to experiment with ceramics and other crafts. It's run by Alice, Trylla's resident pottery nerd. Her goal with Trylla is to make ceramics more accessible to all budding potters in Bristol. It’s an emporium of weirdness, with walls covered in oddities in every colour you could imagine. Trylla has regular pottery experiences from wheel making to hand building, with a rainbow of glaze colours available. It also has a shop selling ceramics supplies and a range of handmade products from local makers.View more experiences by Trylla
Your host is Alice, Trylla’s resident pottery nerd. She's been creating ceramics for 7 years now and has as much love and enthusiasm for it as when she started out. She has worked in many different studios over the years and now runs the studio at Trylla as its technician and teacher. Alice welcomes any questions you have during classes and is always happy to chat clay with you outside of class too!
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