Founded in 2009, the original idea for the Trust came from an experienced potter - Lisa Hammond - who has a tradition of taking apprentices at her studio in London. Some of these apprentices have become well recognised potters in their own right.
It takes years to train a studio potter. Unfortunately, many art colleges are finding it difficult to offer throwing in any meaningful way, so it is more important than ever for a student wishing to make functional and studio pots to have the opportunity of an apprenticeship with an experienced professional potter.
Adopt a Potter is working towards setting up a ceramics school that
will teach a comprehensive skills-based curriculum in the UK. We are
proposing that alongside evening classes, masterclasses, and lectures
for the public, the school will run a two-year full-time course for 12
students, with each year consisting of three 15-week terms. The
emphasis will be on core skills and the use of materials and students
will be taught all aspects of design, throwing, glazing, kiln building
and firing, alongside traditional hand building and decoration
We believe that the closure of ceramics departments in higher education and the demise of skills-training, due to cuts in the remaining courses, is threatening the future of studio pottery and the ceramics industry. We believe that many people would welcome an intensive, skills-based ceramics course that will provide students with the skills they need to work as successful independent studio potters or ceramicists.