Currently viable crafts


Studio pottery


The making of items from clay, either by hand-building, casting, moulding or throwing.


Status Currently viable
Craft category Clay
Historic area of significance UK
Area currently practised UK
Origin in the UK Prehistoric
Current no. of professionals (main income) Around 1,500
Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
Current no. of trainees Unknown
Current total no. serious amateur makers
Over 3,000
Current total no. of leisure makers
Over 10,000
Minimum no. of craftspeople required






Items may be hand-built, cast, moulded or wheel thrown, fired or unfired, and glazed or unglazed.


Local forms



Based around different techniques, such as Raku firing, wood firing etc.


Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Decline in professional training (currently only three full time courses are offered nationally)
  • Economic viability in competing with industrial-scale manufacture, especially of functional ware


Support organisations


Craftspeople currently known

The Craft Potters Association website features a list of members. The current scene is covered in Ceramic Review and Crafts magazines


Other information



  • Ceramic Review