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 Open Access Membership

What we provide:

We have four beautiful dedicated communal pottery studios with a wonderful outside garden area. A little haven in South London. They are well equipped with wheels, basic tools, bats for throwing, kilns and large communal tables. 

The Open Access potteries offer more independence for potters who are able to progress from classes to a more free and rewarding potting experience. 

Who does it suit?

All ability levels are welcome, but you must have done at least two terms in a formal pottery class. 

The pottery workshops are for part time enthusiasts (approximately 12 to 18 hours per week). 

If you are a full time production potter, group studios are not for you.


You buy your own glazes, we recommend Bath Potters, great selection of glazes and quick delivery.

Payment options?

Standing order only. 

12 hrs £120 a month

18 hrs £160 a month

Fixed 3 months contract £150 a month

Our minimum contract length is 3 months.

£150 key deposit

What times can members use the pottery?

Any time that fits into your life, whether you're an early morning bird or a night owl! 

Our opening hours are from 10 am - 10 pm, Monday to Sunday.

There is a slot booking system in place

10-1 pm

1-4 pm

4-7 pm

7-10 pm

If you would like to look around the open access, show rounds are twice a month, please email Melissa at

Do you sell clay?

We sell clay if you would like to buy from us, or alternatively you can buy it from any pottery manufacturer (especially if you want a certain clay). 

We supply HT Special stoneware (Valentine's) at £12 per 12.5kg bag. 

 Buying your own glazes

Glazes can be ordered through all the usual pottery manufactures and sent straight to the mews.

15/16/17  Parade mews, Tulse Hill, SE27 9AX

How are firing costs paid?

Each member pays their kiln firings every month, paying for the amount of space they have used in the kiln. 

Who packs and unpacks the kilns?

In all spaces (15, 16 and 17), members of our team pack and unpack the kilns.

What if I have a problem and need advice?

Our team at the are often around the Mews to help with any problems. 

You will also find there is a very knowledgeable members in the open access studios most of the time! 

Can I book a specific wheel within my time slot? 

No, this isn't possible, but all of our members are very friendly and accommodating - sharing is part of our ethos! 

What about parking?

There is no parking in the mews at any time. There are many surrounding roads that have free parking.

When can I exhibit my work? 

Every member is expected to show their work in at least one open studio event in the Mews during the year. In May, we participate in the Dulwich Open Studios, and at the beginning of December we hold a Mews Christmas sale. 

If the clay or glaze I am using damages the kiln or other equipment, is it my responsibility?

As open access potters should be experienced enough to make judgements on the suitability and various merits of clays and glazes, they would be expected to pay for any resultant damage, though this operates on a case by case basis.

Have any more questions? Call (0208 678 1686) or email ( 

We also have instagram: @parademewspottery

If you would like to be shown around our open access studios, 

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