A group of potters sharing a studio in Edinburgh, Scotland
Who We Are
We are a collective of people who enjoy working with clay, and have some education in pottery/ceramics. We want to practise making, and pursue individual and collaborative projects and research.
We share equipment and facilities. The majority of the equipment is owned by Alison – a potter of many years experience – who has a great deal of her own equipment as well as that of the late lustre ceramicist Margery Clinton.
The group has also been gifted various pieces of equipment and materials, such as a pug mill and a dust extractor unit.
We have created a supportive and creative environment for all of our members – who all have some experience of working with clay before they join us – and a place to grow as artists, and discover new ways to work with clay.
Our studio is in St Margaret’s House on London Road, a well established collection of artists’ studios with a very supportive landlord.
We set up the Bridge Pottery Collective in 2009, with five members and a carpeted space with no running water. We have grown in size and ambition, and now have over fifteen members, equipment that we have bought or had donated, and a brand new purpose built studio, with a basement store for the kiln.
We host evening ‘masterclasses’ for members, where we share techniques in an informal way.
In summer 2012 we began Raku firing, using Alison’s Raku kiln. All members are welcome to join the Raku firings, when the weather permits!
What We Offer
We offer membership to the collective, which includes;
What we ask of our members
We currently fire the electric kiln to 1000 degrees C for bisque, 1240 degrees C with a 30 min soak for glaze [cone 6]. Any higher is likely to shorten the lifespan of the elements in the kiln.
If a member has other firing requirements, and has enough work to fill the kiln, we can accommodate that need.
The kiln is fired when there is enough work to fill it. Work is taken down to the kiln room in the basement [there is a lift!] and carefully labelled with the temperature.
Alison or Tricia pack the kiln [but likes to have help] and programme the kiln controller.
When work is finished, we ask that members take it home, to avoid collecting huge amounts of finished work in the studio.
St Margaret’s and Us
We moved here and set up Bridge Pottery Collective in 2009, when the ground floor was developed from an open plan space to subdivided studios.
In summer 2012 we were offered a much larger space with running water, by the landlords of. St Mags’, Dale. We bit his hand off, and have now moved to a 100m2 studio built to our specifications.
St Margaret’s House is a great place to meet other artists and be a part of Edinburgh’s artistic community. The galleries on the 3rd floor host shows by residents and other artists. The first Open Studios event in 2012 was a huge success, we now have Sophia Burns, a resident artist who is also the exhibitions/ galleries director.
We have achieved our ambition to organise a ceramics exhibition for our members in the autumn.