Cragg Jones Clay is a contemporary ceramics studio and shop where Nicky Jones and Sue Cragg make and sell handcrafted ceramics. The light-filled upstairs studio is a calm and welcoming place to visit.
Sue and Nicky’s work shows a distance from mass production – as handcrafted vessels, no two objects are the same. It is important for them to create objects that are timeless and sustainable and that will give pleasure in daily use. Both makers are influenced by Scandinavian design and their work has a contemporary and rustic feel.
Sue throws her pots on the wheel and uses white, black and toasted stoneware and porcelain clays. She makes a range of modern/rustic tableware with pared-back simplicity. Each piece has a unique form and finish and has been created to handle well in use. Sue mostly uses simple matt glazes in neutral tones to enhance the shape and balance of each piece.
Nicky hand builds each piece enjoying the process of pinching, coiling and press moulding. It is important for her forms to reveal the process of making and the unexpected outcomes presented by the materials involved. She has a background in fine art and uses these skills on the surfaces of her pots by drawing with glaze and creating exciting colour pops. Her Kindface series hopes to reference the best chance for bending curves in directions that are good for people and the planet.
She has exhibited at international craft fairs and galleries in the UK. Her ceramics can also be found in the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Online (GNCCFonline).
There aren’t many moments in our day-to-day lives when we use something handmade. Using a handmade vessel reminds us of the care and thought the artist has put into it; they are lovely to hold and look at and will lift your spirits.
“You can watch us at work in the studio attached to the shop, where we have a wheel, hand build area and kiln. We delight in sharing what and how we make.”
Cragg Jones Clay are happy to take commissions and orders for bespoke ceramics.
They also run 1:1 beginners wheel throwing classes in the studio and small group hand-building classes in the Centre’s Space 2 workshop area.
A ‘spot-lit’ maker will exhibit their current work in the shop each quarter. This provides a showcase for local ceramicists and an opportunity for customers to meet them and ask about their process at the launch event.
For details of classes, events and commissions, please contact [email protected].
STUDIO SHOP TAKEOVER!
Community Clay Studio Manchester are proud to work with Cragg Jones Clay to exhibit the work of their new trainee potters, Abigale Piper and Shareece Samuel for the first time. Pop in to see their work on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th February from 10.30am – 5.30pm.
They have been training at Clay Studio in Hulme under the Kickstarter scheme where they have learnt how to throw these lovely mugs and bowls and slab build the plates.
Please support their hard work, come along and meet Abigale and Shareece and have a look at their gorgeous pots. Profits from each sale will go back into funding the trainee program. If you can’t get down to meet the makers this weekend, we will continue to stock this range in the shop for another week or orders can be made online from Clay Studio’s website where you can find more information about Abigale and Shareece’s journey over the last 6 months.
“Abigale and Shareece started at Clay Studio in Sept 2021 and have been trained up from having very little experience with clay. They started training on the potter’s wheel to produce mugs and bowls and then they were introduced to slab building which is how their plates are made. These pots are designed for everyday use. They are made from toasted or buff stoneware with white and clear glazes and are dishwasher safe. For the event at Cragg Jones Clay, Abigale and Shareece have also produced some of their own limited-edition pots with a touch of colour.” The Clay Studio
“Being able to work at Clay Studio has been a great opportunity that has enabled both of us to individually develop new skills and expand on some existing knowledge. We’ve also been able to meet like-minded people and expand our knowledge within ceramics as a whole, helping us to think about future career paths that these skills could lead to. We are grateful to Cragg Jones for supporting us in exhibiting our work to a new audience for the first time and giving us more insight into the art working environment.” Abigale and Shareece