MAKE NORTH @HOME

Make proper pots at @ home with Make North

With our Pottery Box subscription we'll provide the inspiration for your creative journey. With tutorials, expert advice and challenges, supporting you to make pots that are personal to you.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • Stoneware clay

  • Decorating slips for you to apply at home 

  • A huge range of coloured food-safe glazes, which we will apply following your instructions

  • Online video tutorials

  • Expert advice

  • Monthly challenges

 

MEMBERS POTS WITH COLOURED GLAZES

MEMBERS POTS WITH SLIPS AND CLEAR GLAZE

ONLINE TUTORIALS

You'll have access to our bank of online tutorials and our expert tutors will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have, via email.

As a subscriber you will also be able to hire a potters wheel, for use at home (in your spare room, garage or shed). We will help set-up your wheel and get you started with a lesson.

GLAZING AND FIRING

After we collect your pots, they will go through two firings. First, they are bisque-fired to 1000degrees, then we apply your choice of glazes and fire them for a second time to 1220degrees.

We will also be running regular glazing sessions where you will have access to our full range of dipping and painting glazes to apply yourself.

 

And we film your pots coming out of the kiln! 

SOME OF OUR GLAZE TESTS

A ZERO WASTE POTTERY

We are proud to be a zero-waste pottery. We reuse all our packaging and scrap clay, we source all our materials from the UK and the electricity to fire our kilns comes from renewables. Here are photos two of our amazing studio assistants reclaiming clay.

 

WHEEL HIRE AND TUITION

Fancy having a go at wheel throwing? We also offer a wheel hire service to our members, where you can rent one of our Shimpo wheels, with all the tools and acessories you need.

 
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FAQ's

- Is the subscription service suitable for beginners?

Absolutely! Pretty much all of our members joined us as complete novices. Our tutorials are really accessible and will help you learn the basic techniques.

 

- How does your membrship differ from other pottery boxes?

Most one-off pottery boxes or kits use air-dried clay, so there’s no need for firing. We always use real clay and real glazes which are food, dishwasher and garden safe. So, you can create functional, proper ceramics, from the comfort of your own home!

 

Our membership is also totally flexible. Rather than selling a ‘project kit’ where you have to follow instructions to make a certain item, you can choose how much clay you need, what you want to make and how you want it to look. We’ll be on hand to support you with our online tutorials, expert advice via email and monthly challenges to inspire you.

- Will I need lots of equipment?

You really don't need much, initially you can even manage with simple things found around the home, like a plastic store card, cutlery and a rolling pin. We do sell pottery tools though and a starter kit costs £6.99.

- You will need to work on a non-absorbent surface for many processes, we would recommend at some point investing in a few A2 size MDF boards, which will cost you about £3 each (including the cutting fee) from your local timber-yard or B&Q, but initially you can work on a t-towel.

- How much space will I need?

For most people an A2 sized work surface is enough. Our members work from their kitchen counters, garages and gardens. If you are working in a carpeted room we would recommend buying a small piece of lino flooring for under your work station.

 

- You will need some storage space, we would recommend storing your work-in-progress in a cake tub and once your pots are finished you will leave them out to dry. Clay can be stored in the plastic it is delivered in and should be kept out of direct sunlight. 

- Can I cancel my membership?

The minimum commitment is three months, after that membership can be cancelled at any time, we don’t tie you into a long contract. 

 

louise@makenorth.org