In our next installment of the celebrating small businesses of Redruth series, we’ve caught up with potter and new business RED Pottery and Gallery, owned by Sarah Sullivan. We find out about Sarah, what’s happening and how she’s transforming the previous space where Denzil Trevithick’s Pasty shop was into a pottery studio and gallery.
“I’m Sarah Sullivan and I’m a potter. I’ve opened RED Pottery and Gallery at the bottom end of Fore Street opposite the Regal cinema. I’ll be having an ‘official launch’ on 22nd April but am open for business now – just finishing up electrics and servicing the kilns. In the front area of the shop, I have a small gallery space mostly selling ceramics, all by local makers including me. My clay studio/workshop is the next space – this is visible from the gallery. This is where the work benches and wheels are, and where teaching workshops takes place. I’ll be offering tuition in throwing and hand building, taster sessions and longer courses. Next is the glazing area and the kiln area. I’ll be offering kiln firing services to anyone that would like to book space in the kilns. Studio space is available to book for makers with some ceramics experience – terms/times negotiable to suit both.The pottery and gallery is for everyone in the community who is interested, just come and say hi.
Though I still live in Penryn, I chose Redruth for my pottery because of the people, businesses and very strong and welcoming community vibe. I hope that people will be pleased to have me and ultimately a proper working pottery in the center of town. I hope the business is successful with people signing up for workshops, and buying work by local makers – supporting this small business.
Sarah Sullivan Ceramics
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Sarah has set up a crowdfunder to kick start her new business, the crowdfunder is primarily to purchase extra pottery wheels for teaching, refurbishing a 3 phase kiln and more tools.
Throwing a pot is – to start with, quite hilarious and tricky. Certainly very messy. But when you start to master the skill, it is just the most amazing thing to do. To be able to create something from mud that can be refined, fired, glazed and gloss fired – and then used!!! It really is one of the most joyful things in life. And to learn with friends/family is great fun.
I’ll also be installing kilns in the back of the workshop and will need to get them serviced so that they are safe and in full working order for firing all the lovely creations being made. I’ll need to extend the 3 phase power supply to have the kilns away from the main workshop area.
The kilns will also be available for makers in the local community to hire space in, to fire their own work.
If you can support RED Pottery in any way, the link to Sarah’s crowdfunder is: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/potters-wheels-and-tools-for-pottery-in-redruth