Sundragon Pottery is a not-for-profit community organisation. We began life in 2013, when Becky Belcher, Fiona Scanlan and other refugees from the seven potteries that suddenly closed down across Birmingham, set up a studio at The Old Printworks (OPW) to have somewhere to “play with clay”.
Since then we have flourished into a busy and vital hub for the local community, driven by the determination and benevolence of our members. During this time we have seen the transformative power of clay, the way it can change people’s lives, and we are on a mission to make ceramics accessible to as many people as possible.
Sundragon Pottery now have three studios:
- The original OPW studio, a members open access studio.
- The Moseley School of Art studio – our teaching studio on the lower ground floor.
- The Bowyer Street Studio – an exhibition space, where we have held open-days. Our future plans include individual and shared studio spaces for members. The space at Bowyer Street allows members to work on larger-scale pottery (in size and quantity).
VISION AND VALUES
1. Community health and wellbeing.
We believe in clay! As a form of personal therapy and as a tool for community cohesion. Providing much-needed access to ceramics for children, older people, carers and vulnerable groups. Our diverse and accessible pottery is a wonderful place to be.
2. Arts, education, and culture
Our space will act as a making and exhibition space for a wide range of learners: adults, groups, young people, and students. The unit will be a major contributor to the city’s craft-based infrastructure, helping local communities and small businesses to thrive.
We also aim to provide a support network for local schools and colleges to access ceramics facilities, in a time where they are experiencing many cuts to their services.
3. Enterprise and sustainability.
We have created a sustainable business model that relies on the resilience of its members through volunteering and contribution. Sundragon Pottery has remained financially stable, not needing to rely on public funding.