Re-post from my article published on FrikiFish.com about the selection of ceramics studios in Barcelona.
Studio pottery is growing in popularity, and no wonder! We’re growing tired of a mechanized society. We want the vessels we use to decorate or consume our food to tell a unique story of creativity and craftsmanship.
Making time in our day to be creative is also more important than ever. Ceramics is the perfect way to relax, be present and stretch our creative muscles.
The surge of interest in studio ceramics means that there are more ceramic co-working spaces, supply stores, fairs and people interested in pottery. The offer for ceramics studios in Barcelona continues to grow each year. Here they are, listed in alphabetical order.
Ceramics Studios in Barcelona
137º Artistic Studio opened its doors in 2015 to support Barcelona’s humming ceramics scene. Located in the popular PobleNou district, just across from a park and close to cafes, restaurants and the beach. They offer a variety of ceramics classes for all levels, including intensive, continuous and individual courses and workshops. They organize expositions, pop-ups, events and activities. There is a large classroom and 15 coworking spaces for resident artists. The classroom space is also available for open work hours when class is not in session. The studio is equipped with a kitchen/ dining and chill-out areas and exhibition space. Learn more >
Unlike the other ceramics studios on this list, Atuell offers an open studio schedule from Mon-Thurs 5:30 to 9:00pm and 5:30-8pm on Fridays. Students can access the workshop any time during this schedule. Access cards are sold for 5 hours (37 Euros) and 10 hours (65 Euros). Slips, basic glazes and firings are included in the price of the card. The studio is located in the Gracia district, near the Fontana metro stop. Learn more >
Bas is the result of Alicia Bas's passion for ceramics. In 1970 she established her workshop in Barcelona and began working on clay and, after a long journey through various creative phases, in 2013, with the initiative of her daughter, Xènia Bas, the Bas project was born. Bas is a family project that draws on the know-how of handmade ceramics and the precise outline of contemporary design. They offer ceramics and mold-making courses in Spanish. Learn more >
BCN Clay Studio launched in September 2018, offering new classes and coworking opportunities in the Gracia district. They currently have spaces available for ceramists and jewelers. Perks include a personal table, personal drawer + shelves, access to kilns, pottery wheels and basic glazes, kitchenette + coffee/tea. They have ongoing as well as weekend workshops dedicated to wheel-throwing, hand-building, porcelain and more. Location in the heart of Gracia. Learn more >
This school was launched in 2019 and is located in a spacious building in the centre of Poblenou, with plenty of natural light. The space measures 300 m2 distributed on one floor, and is fully equipped with 10 Shimpo wheels, and a brand new 300 Litre Nabertherm electric Kiln. The school is divided into 7 different areas: Wheel throwing, hand building, glazing, 20 communal coworking spaces, 9 artists spaces, kitchen, and reception. They have a small gallery, library and chill out area. They offer high quality, professional ceramics courses in various ceramics techniques such as: hand building, wheel throwing, glazing and decoration. They also host Artists Residencies and Symposiums. Learn more >
Tucked into the eclectic and quaint district of Sant Antoní, you can find a beautiful space dedicated to clay, named after it's founder, Echo (pronounced ['eko]). Native to China, Echo has worked with many art forms, including photography and jewelry, before finally settling down in the world of clay. Her creative space offers coworking, workshops as well as pop-up shows. Learn more >
ku means emptiness, latent potentiality, constant changes. Espai ku is a ceramics studio, a working place for its members. Ceramics, painting and sculpture are our main activities. Espai ku also has an area exhibiting the work of its members, and eventually also that of guest artists. There has emerged the possibility to host concerts, theatre and other events. Espai ku is also a place where guest artists/ artisans can offer various workshops. Learn more >
In 2007 Martin Loew left Switzerland to start a pottery school in Barcelona, which evolved into the present El Torn Barcelona ceramics hub. This ceramics studio is located on the second floor of a large commercial building in the district of PobleNou. There is a classroom, exhibition area, coworking studio spaces, a glazing area and kitchen/bathrooms. El Torn de Barcelona studio space is shared among a large group of international artists and they offer continuous and intensive classes for all skill levels. Learn more >
The Forma school of ceramics was founded in 1970. Forma school is a family center founded by Joan Auleda and Maria Rosa Segón. Since 1997, her daughter Elisabet Auleda is the director of the school and his son Ivan Biescas (3rd generation) is the pottery teacher. Their method is to teach students the techniques they prefer and the courses adjust to their needs. Learn more >
Laüma is an artistic studio that is born with the objective of bringing creativity closer to everyday life. They offer courses related to artistic creation to initiate exchange, experimentation, autonomous learning and creative freedom. It’s also posible to rent the space for personal or collective projects. Learn more >
Founded by Katia Falcón in 2016, Studio Kanay is located in the historic center of Barcelona, in the district of El Raval. Studio Kanay offers hand-building pottery classes as well as wheel throwing classes. There are also a few coworking spaces for artists to work independently. Learn more >
The Taller de Cerámica Yuu is run by Japanese potter Motoko Araki. This ceramics studio is located in the historic city center, in the district of La Ribera. Classes for small groups are offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and there is a small gallery where exhibitions are held. Learn more >
Terra i Pell is a new concept store and artisan studio located in the trendy creative district of El Born. You can find handmade ceramics, jewelry and leather products made by two local artisans, Purificación Rodríguez and Víctor Resa. Besides selling their artwork, this is a working studio where Purificación and Victor give lessons and workshops. You can take wheel throwing and clay hand building classes. Learn more >