"Open Access" Studio Membership

"Open Access" Studio Membership  

For 4 years Illyria Pottery has offered courses and workshops for those interested in learning about pottery making in Oxford. But after you’ve taken a few of our courses, what’s the next step? (We know it’s addictive!) And what if you already have a good working knowledge of ceramics and just need a place to make without the tuition? That’s where our new “Open Access” Studio Membership programme comes in.


We’re excited to grant exclusive access to the Illyria Pottery workshop for Studio Members only. A limited number of spaces will be available for evening access (now booking while places last). Members will receive 16 hours of studio time per month and will be able to reserve sessions at their convenience (Tuesday-Saturday from 6-10pm). Members are able to book 2-hour and/or 4-hour sessions. Studio evenings can now be rearranged or cancelled to suit your life commitments. Booking a session guarantees an available pottery wheel and space for hand-building, decorating, glazing, etc.


Membership is designed for those who have had some pottery experience in the past. 
If that's not yet you, we recommend you come along to a pottery class first to learn some basic skills before beginning. There will be a technician on duty some evenings to assist members, but our open access is primarily self-guided. You don't need to be advanced to come along. This is a great opportunity for beginning or early-intermediate hobbyists who are looking for a place to advance their skills and enjoy experimenting in clay.

The membership will be offered either on a monthly basis (£175 per month) or on a contract (£125 per month). Minimum commitment of three consecutive months is required. The 3-month contract costs £125 per calendar month. Payment by direct debit only. Priority for booking subsequent months will be given to those who have booked in before, so claiming a spot early is key. While most comparable programmes add a materials surcharge, Illyria Pottery’s studio membership includes access to the studio and all materials (clays, glazes, and firings).


Studio membership will also come with a full studio induction where members will have a chance to become familiar with studio equipment, procedures, etc. A glazing tutorial by Katie Coston, artist and owner of Illyria, is also included in the cost of the membership. 

 Pricing: 

3-month studio membership contract 
£125 per month

1-month only studio membership
£175 per month

If you require more hours to finish a project, you can purchase a pottery session top-up. For studio members only, an extra 2-hour session costs £15 and an extra 4-hour session is £30. 


If interested in being considered for membership, please email courses@illyriapottery.co.uk with “Open Access” in the subject line.
 We'd advise expressing interest early, as we anticipate spaces filling very quickly. Now taking bookings for August and September! 


Those who have already paid may book their sessions here: 

  Book online