Here at Ceramic School, we do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!
Hi, my name's Joshua, and I am the founder of The Ceramic School.
I was introduced to Clay at quite a young age, In high school, I had pottery lessons & actually my first paid job was as the ceramic teacher's assistant - I have very fond memories of spending hours and hours after school tidying up the tools, stacking the kiln, reclaiming and wedging the used clay for the day!
At home, I was always surrounded by wonderful ceramic objects.
We drank tea from mugs made by Walter Keeler, Jack Doherty, the late Richard Godfrey, Richard Dewer, Ashley Howard...
We had our cereals out of bowls by Chris Gustin, Clive Bowen and Joe Finch.
Works of art by Craig Underhill, Robin Welch, Rafa Perez, Simon Carroll, Jack Doherty, Ken Matsuzaki, Kate Malone, Geoffrey Swindell, Ashraf Hanna, Peter Hayes, along with many others, were around the house.
I am fascinated by all things Ceramic - from the physical aspect of throwing on the wheel, the designing of forms and functions, and the technical aspects of making your own glazes & kilns.
Studying Fine Art at University, I initially wanted to get into sculpture. But whilst there, I discovered my love for 3D Animation. The ability to sculpt things in 3D space directly from my mind was mind-blowing for me! I chose to read 3D Animation at Ravensbourne in London and after achieving a BA, went into making websites. During the last 15 years of working online, I've become more involved in the business side of things. I love designing websites, I love helping people get online, and get a real buzz out of helping them succeed with their own online businesses.
Both of these passions have combined into The Ceramic School, and I now have a small team of amazing potters from all around the world, working with me to help create the best online platform for potters.
The aim of Ceramic School?
To spread our love of ceramics, to inspire, connect and teach fellow students.
Around the world, University and College Ceramic courses are closing due to lack of funding. And we believe that many people, from all walks of life, are missing out on learning about Ceramics - and the best way of learning about anything is from each other.
Therefore we plan on bringing Ceramic Courses online to the masses, from all around the world to fellow enthusiasts everywhere!
The Ceramic School will be the best place to learn about ceramics from the comfort of your own home/ studio, from renowned ceramic artists, Stay tuned!
Where else could you watch the techniques of a Japanese potter one minute and then watch a Dutch ceramic artist, the next, in your own home.
We love the technological side of things - for example, we have built up a platform of 200k+ fans worldwide, so that potters can teach us via Facebook live. We have a growing community of supportive ceramic artists in our Free Facebook group.
We love the design side of things - We design and print the popular Ceramic School Pottery T-Shirts, we sell Discount Pottery Tools in our Pottery Supplies shop.
We love the inspirational side of things - We research and post new and exciting pottery videos and pottery workshops every day of the week.
We love the social side of things - the networking of Ceramic Artists, the exchanging of ideas, working with other clay addicts / enthusiasts to create new opportunities, new ways to spread our passion for ceramics.