In 2020 (the COVID-19 year) Oxfordshire Arts invested in two, new, purpose-built Artist’s Pods to provide additional classroom space. These were used during our Autumn 2020 Term, as some of you will have experienced. They are light and spacious (12 ft by 8 ft) and equipped with the Studio basics (sink, workbenches, shelves, etc.).

While we are operating under the Government’s COVID-19 Guidelines, we will be continuing to use the Artist’s Pods as additional teaching spaces. However, this does leave scope for them to be used for other purposes in non-teaching days and holidays and once we are free of the COVID-19 restrictions on our business, we can have the Pods made available full time for artists to use.

Our vision is to make the two Artist’s Pods available for rental as a basic creative space for a very affordable hourly rate. Although we are primarily a Ceramics Studio, we did not want to style the pods as “Pottery Pods”. While we recognise that most people using the pods will be potters, we wanted to encourage anyone interested in the creative arts, and lacking a private space to be creative in, to be able to rent them out. If you brought all your own (easily portable!) tools and equipment, you could be creative for no additional cost. If, however, you needed a bag of clay, and some of your clay creations bisque fired, then there would be an additional cost (see schedules, below).

We would love to hear from any artists who may want to discuss their creative plans, or pop over for a visit to see the Pods. To contact Alison please click or tap here.

AVAILABILITY

During Term Times
April 19th to May 27th AND June 7th to July 15th
When the Studio is being used, and the Pods are additional class space.

  Days of the Week Hours Available
  Mondays from 09:00 to 16:00
  Fridays from 09:00 to 16:00
  Saturdays from 09:00 to 16:00

PLEASE NOTE: when full day workshops are being held, the Pods will be unavailable (this will only affect Saturdays)


During Holidays
May 31st to June 5th AND July 19th to Sept 11th
Includes Half-Term Holidays

  Days of the Week Hours Available
  Mondays from 09:00 to 16:00
  Tuesdays from 09:00 to 16:00
  Wednesdays from 09:00 to 16:00
  Thursdays from 09:00 to 16:00
  Fridays from 09:00 to 16:00
  Saturdays from 09:00 to 16:00

WHAT DO YOU GET

The BASIC Rental of a Pod will include:

    • Hot and cold running water
    • Air Conditioning
    • Sink and drainer, with sedimentation trap
    • Workbenches and shelf space
    • Pottery Wheel (electric)
    • Kettle
    • Mugs and plates
    • Access to Toilets
Cost:   Hour 1/2 Day All Day
  First person £7 £18 £35
  Additional person £5 £13 £24
PLEASE NOTE: the pods will be cleaned between bookings
  1/2 Day rentals will be from 09:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 16:00

OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

CLAY

  Clay Body Firing Range Price
(per 12.5kg bag)
  Valentines KGM Body 1080°C – 1280°C £12
  Potclays 1120 Buff School Clay 1110˚C – 1285˚C £11
  Scarva ES5 Original 1150˚C – 1280˚C £17
  Scarva ES50 Crank 1160˚C – 1300˚C £15

GLAZING

Use of Glaze Room, including Spray Booth, spray gun, sink and drainer. Bring your own glazes.

Cost: £10 per hour

FIRING

Small Toploader Kilns
[355 mm wide, 340 mm high; 40 litre capacity]

  Type of Firing Temperature Cost
  Bisque to 1000C £15
  Earthenware to 1080C £25
  Stoneware to 1280C £30

Medium Toploader Kilns
[455 mm wide, 660 mm high; 110 litre capacity]

  Type of Firing Temperature Cost
  Bisque to 1000C £30
  Earthenware to 1080C £40
  Stoneware to 1280C £50

Large Toploader Kilns
[560 mm wide, 600 mm high; 150 litre capacity]

  Type of Firing Temperature Cost
  Bisque to 1000C £45
  Earthenware to 1080C £60
  Stoneware to 1280C £75

TOOLS

Basic Tools Package includes:

    • Whirler
    • Boards
    • Rolling Pin
    • Rolling Guides
    • Tools for handbuilding
    • Tools for throwing
    • Tools for turning
Cost: £5 per session

TUITION

Hands-on practical tuition with an experienced tutor. A minimum of 2 hours.

Cost: £40 per hour

CONSULTATION

A verbal discussion on any subject related to Ceramics with Alison Jones.

Cost: £20 per half-hour

Please call or email Alison to discuss your creative ideas and to book a Pod.