Ceramic Starter Studio

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Starter Studio Programme
\\ Ceramicists

Are you an ambitious ceramicist in need of a supportive programme offering workspace, equipment, technical & mentor support, business advice plus commission and exhibition opportunities? Our Starter Studio Programme for early career ceramicists could be for you.

Designed to provide start-up support for designer makers at an early career stage, the two-year programme is delivered from a large studio space in the award winning Persistence Works building in Sheffield city centre.

Key Features of the 2 year programme include:

•    24/7 access to shared fully equipped studio space @ £120 per month
•    Access to technical and mentor support
•    Business advice and support
•    Bursary to undertake online training via The Design Trust
•    Exhibition and commission opportunities
•    20% discount on regular studio rental for 2 years from completion of the programme (subject to studio availability)

Makers on the programme will have access to the 'All Fired Up' Commission, a partnership with Museums Sheffield and South Yorkshire Housing Association with materials kindly donated by PotClays Ltd. This awards up to two second year participants on the programme the opportunity to make new work both for a community and a gallery setting.

Our Persistence Works building is home to more than 70 artists and makers. It is just a few minutes walk from Sheffield train station and part of the city's 'Cultural Industries Quarter.' It offers 24/7 access, an on site gallery and a thriving artist community.  

All mentors for the Programme are experienced, nationally known ceramicists, including Penny Withers, Emilie Taylor, Pottery West and Victoria Dawes.

The deadline for applications is 10am, Monday 30th April, with the programme set to commence first week in October 2018. We're able to offer places to two new makers each year and advise potential applicants to visit the Starter Studio workshop at Persistence Works. If you'd like further information or would like to apply click here.

Sheffield is a great place to live and get your creative career started; click here to find out more. If you would like any further information or want to arrange a visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,

Rachael Dodd
Programme Manager
0114 2761769

Meghan Downes

"Drawing and mark-making techniques are used alongside raised textures to directly decorate the ceramic surface, creating richly layered, contemporary slab built Earthenware forms with a strong architectural influence. Meghan is currently in her first solo studio based at Yorkshire Artspace's Persistence Works, moving in last year having completed the starter studio programme. Meghan is currently working on developing a new collection that has a more sculptural and abstract focus, inspired by architecture and aspects of her daily life." 

Kate Langrish-Smith Year 1



Slipping between the notions of fashion and art Kate Langrish-Smith's practice crosses disciplines: contemporary fashion, ceramics and sculpture. Using a mixed media approach including casting and mould-making techniques in ceramic and synthetic compounds, textiles, painting and compositional arrangements. Her practice explores the notion of object, worth and desire, with an instinctive approach to display that uses a continued theme of balance and gravity. She is interested in ways and means of display - the body as a plinth - and the intimate relationship that certain objects share with the body. She continues to explore this concept through clay, a body in itself that has for centuries had an intimate relationship with our bodies through its various carrying and storage uses.


After completing a BA in Art and Visual Culture in 2006, Kate spent time working, developing and internationally exhibiting her headwear label collections. In 2012 Kate she was awarded the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Grant to study on the innovative Fashion Artefact MA at London College of Fashion. The MODE METONYM Collection developed on the MA course and first exhibited in 2014 continues to be exhibited internationally. In 2014 she furthered her material interests in ceramics and polymers at the Haute École d'Art et Design in Geneva, Switzerland at 'CERCCO'  - The Centre for Experimentation and Realisation in Contemporary Ceramics. In October 2018 she will commence the two year Ceramic Starter Studio Programme at the Yorkshire Art Space in Sheffield. 


You can see selection of work on the  website, which also has links to Instagram and Pintrest accounts.


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