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about us

ECW is an open practice pottery studio in Edinburgh, dedicated to providing learning opportunities and workshop space for anyone with a passion for working creatively with clay.

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Our open studio allows artists and makers to develop and refine their pottery practice. Based at Abbeymount Studios in Edinburgh, the building is a creative arts hub in an old Victorian Primary School.

We are surrounded by small cafes, bakeries and restaurants. We have both the bustling city and the tranquility of Holyrood Royal Park on our doorstep.


Our studio is friendly, supportive and fully resourced with three electric kilns; a variety of high quality wheels and hand building tables; a slab roller; pug mill; spray booth; clay extruder; and tools. We also have  design studio desks and business office space available.

Our members have a wide variety of objectives - from exploring a creative passion through clay, to building careers in the creative industry as studio potters. You can  also drop-in for practice sessions; join us on a short term residency; or attend one of our professional development classes. 

We also work in partnership with Edinburgh Design School who teach our pottery courses, classes and workshops. Edinburgh Design School is an approved Scottish Qualifications Authority teaching centre.

If you are interested in joining us or would like to find out more, please do get in touch!

meet the team
Alex Gunn, Founder and Director of Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop

Alex Gunn MFA (DJCAD)

Alex is Founder and Director at Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop.

Alex is a design educator with 25 years experience teaching and managing in public service education. Alex founded the Edinburgh Design school in 2012 to bring back ceramics teaching back into mainstream education in Scotland after a period of significant decline. Alex founded the Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop in 2015 as a centre for ceramics practice in Scotland.

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We have a variety of membership options to suit everyone - whether you are a beginner, serious hobbyist or an emerging professional ceramicist.


We offer three to six month artist residences to makers looking for an opportunity to develop new work in a well resourced and friendly studio.


We run pottery classes and workshops to allow artists and makers to develop their clay practice in a supportive studio environment.  
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