Fiona Thompson - Cyan Clayworks

Hand building

I've been making handbuilt objects and vessels for the last 20 years for exhibition and commission. My practice also includes residencies, teaching, community art work, collaborative projects and writing. Recent work explores aspects of tourism and travel, and the natural history collection. I focus on handbuilt one off pieces with layers of printed and painted imagery. These are non functional. 

I run the studio Cyan Clayworks, shared with Chris Donnelly, which we established in 2012. As well as making our own work, we run regular courses, one off workshops and offer indivual tuition. There is also project support and workspace/equipment hire available; for professional artists/designers, students and keen amateurs to work on individual projects. The studio is a community interest company. 

The studio is open by appointment. To book courses or for more information please see the website or email . 

for further details on my work see my own website

This member runs courses:

Ceramics evening course for beginners Posted on by Fiona Thompson

This 6 week evening class is aimed at complete beginners who would like an introduction to working creatively with clay, and will be run by Chris Donnelly. There will be a focus on functional pots. We will cover different approaches to ceramics: slab construction, press moulds, wheelthrowing, handmade tiles, surface decoration and glazing. Each weekly session will be from 6 - 8pm. Chris will demonstrate each process and you will be able to make pieces of your own design. Small class sizes so lots of hands - on support; all materials and tools provided; and all work fired for you.

£145 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings.

To book please visit the website or our eventbrite page. All courses are booked and paid for in advance via eventbrite.

07899 892648

Artist project support and tuition Posted on by Fiona Thompson

At Cyan Clayworks we can provide individual tuition in the following areas: coil building, slab building, surface development/basic monoprinting, throwing and glazing. We have worked with a range of professional artists, students, and keen amateur makers. This can be a couple of one off sessions, or we can put a bespoke package together covering a variety of areas. 

For further details please see our website: artist project support here Tuition and workshops info here

Handbuilding 4 week course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

Held on Saturdays from 10.30 to 1.30, from the 14th oct - 4th nov. This four week class run by Fiona will introduce you to making unique pots by hand. It will include coil building, slab construction, press moulding, surface decoration/marking making/slip decoration, and glazing. There will be a different practical demonstration each week, focusing on different approaches to working with clay to make one off pieces. Suitable for adult beginners, or those who would like a refresher. All materials provided.

Like all our courses, class sizes are limited so everyone gets enough hands-on support (max 7 in this class).

Larger pieces will be fired ready to glaze in week 4, and will be fired and ready to collect a week later. (Smaller pieces will be ready to glaze and finish earlier.)

£132 per person, inclusive of materials,preparation and firings, and eventbrite fee.

To book please vist the website or our eventbrite page. 

Intermediate ceramics course Posted on by Fiona Thompson

This six week course will be held on Thursday mornings from 10.30am - 1.30pm, run by Fiona Thompson at Cyan Clayworks. Ideal for those who have a little prior experience and want to develop their skills. The main focus will be on handbuilding and the surface. It will include making pots by hand using a variety of techniques, wheel throwing and surface decoration/monoprinting/glazing. There will be a different focus each week, and you may choose to explore one or two areas in more depth and/or work on a larger scale. Like all our courses, class sizes are strictly limited so that everyone gets enough individual support and advice. We will go through different practical demonstrations each week, supporting you to work on projects of your own design. All tools and materials provided. There are plenty of books and journals to browse here for inspiration.

£200 per person, inclusive of materials, preparation and firings.


07899 892648

To book please visit the website and our eventbrite page-

Contact details:

Fiona Thompson

Cyan Clayworks

Studio 3, 2nd Floor
Beaverhall Art Studios
27 Beaverhall Road
Edinburgh EH7 4JE

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