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Oxpots - East Oxford Community Centre

When I arrived in Oxford in 1986 I looked for a ceramics studio like I had enjoyed in Cardiff for many years. Eventually, I found two, small, dilapidated and therefore unused rooms in East Oxford Community Centre
exterior view of East Oxford Community Centre seen from the Cowley Road [1]   exterior view of East Oxford Community Centre seen from the Cowley Road[2].
However, the rooms needed considerable maintenance before they could be used for anything. Water was entering through a ceiling and as a consequence the electrics were unsafe, then there was a whole host of other jobs requiring attention before potting could commence.

preliminary plans for the studio drawn in a note book [3]   preliminary plans for the studio reproduced from drawings in a note book [4] Drawings showing preliminary plans for the development of the two rooms . The completed studio includes benches suitable for a person in a wheelchair. Funding for the building conversion and ceramics equipment was obtained from several sources including; Oxford City Council, Oxford County Council, ITV Telethon Trust, the National Association of Community Centres and others. I estimated it could take up to three years to complete the maintenance and the job of fitting out the pottery studio. With a lot of anxiety and frustration, the project came in on time. The workshop is still used on a regular basis by two artists in residence who manage small groups and operate these workshops under the name Oxpots.

Photos of the Oxpots community pottery studio taken in April 2007
- photo showing the shelves in the studio [5]   photo showing glaze materials stored in jars on shelves [6]   photo of a corner of the pottery studio [7]   photo showing a potter at work on a ceramic piece [8]   photo of the kiln room showing two electric kins, one with the top open [9]   photo of the studio showing a work bench and shelves stacked with wares in various stages of production [10]   photo of the studio showing a work bench and shelves with wares in various stages of production [11] .

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