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Community Interest Company

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Ceramics Academy
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Creating Community

At the heart of the Ceramics Academy CIC is the desire to create community. Our aim is to make pottery more accessible to the local and wider community, helping narrow the social gap and increase opportunities.
Clay is transformational, it elicits a sense of calm and peace. We want to share these therapeutic qualities with as many people as possible.

By partnering with local organisations and professionals we will support the health and well-being of children, young people and adults through tailor-made pottery workshops in a safe, relaxed and fun environment.

What we offer

What we offer

With all these sessions there will be the option to progress through the services we offer. We have many members of the studio who started off coming to one class a week and are now full members taking commissions and selling their work.

Coffee Pot

Sessions for Adults

Monthly subsidised Coffee Pot drop-in sessions for all adults. These sessions are a gentle and relaxed introduction to the studio with a small project make. No pressure to sign up to classes, just somewhere you can come for a natter and refreshments.

No need to book, just turn up. £6 to take part and have your work fired. 

Session times

Friday  10.30am-12.30pm. 

Save the Date:
14th June
5th July

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For Adults and Children

Two hour subsidised tailor-made workshops for local charities and community groups. 

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For Adults and Children

 Longer subsidised six-week courses for people with mild to moderate mental health problems.

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Future Roles
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Join the community

Ceramics Academy logo - illustration of an orange pot, green palm leaf, tan and blue circle.
If you would like to join our community as a volunteer, we would love to welcome you. 

Future Roles

There are lots of ways to help, from fundraising to supporting workshops and everything in between.

Please get in touch with our friendly bunch for more information.

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Our Directors

CA CIC is limited by guarantee, this means there are no shareholders, and we have directors to run the company.
Ceramics Academy
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Taz Pollard MA

Founder and  Director

Owner and lead tutor of the Ceramics Academy, Taz has over 20 years experience teaching ceramics and also has a background in supported learning and running Arts on Prescription programmes. 



David Baker


David studied at Harrow School of Art, Studio Ceramics. He went on to teach at Petroc (previously North Devon College). David was the Programme Manager and co founder of the Arts on Prescription Programme (AoP), a collaboration with the Community Mental Health Team, local GPs and Devon Partnership NHS Trust. AoP gained recognition locally and nationally for the professional and effective delivery, joint winner of the Association of college’s The Beacon Awards which celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education (FE) colleges.

Further the AoP programme contributed to the research into art and health, Journal article Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 16(2), 2012, pp.84-89, publisher: Emerald.

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Rosie Godfrey


Rosie is a children’s author, poet and amateur potter. She spent many years teaching children with a variety of special needs within a range of educational settings. Subsequently she worked within a Children’s Hospice; with Gypsy and Traveller families and latterly, as an Early Intervention worker with ‘vulnerable children and families’ as part of a Youth Offending Team project. During her time there, she devised The Art of Parenting course offering a creative approach to enhancing the health and well-being of mothers. This provided the opportunity for women (especially survivors of domestic abuse) to either work with local artists on a 1-1 basis, or come together in community within a safe and supported environment, to learn new skills or perhaps re-visit old ones. She has witnessed first-hand, the intrinsic value in engaging with clay in particular, and the inherent potential for growth in personal confidence and self-esteem (for both children and adults), when afforded the time and space to foster curiosity and a sense of play. Rosie is therefore, passionate about supporting the mission and vision of Ceramics Academy CIC.

Sarah Bunyard


Business Manager for the Ceramics Academy, Sarah will provide the administration support for the CIC. Sarah previously worked in education and is passionate about children and young people’s mental health and their exposure to creative practices.  

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