The pottery is a purpose-built, community-based employment and training project which supports up to 30 people with learning disabilities and autism every week, enabling them to develop their skills and experience.
Everything we produce is designed and made by the people we support including individually designed tiles, hangers, and coasters. We sell our products from our studio as well as at craft and art fairs across North Somerset and Bristol, and also from the growing number of Brandon Trust charity shops.
The finished products are truly a team effort, with our potters playing to their strengths and what they enjoy, whether that be drawing designs, the production process, or the fine detail of painting tiles and decorations.
The pottery studio provides an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to use their creativity and express themselves in individual ways. As well as making products to sell, our potters also enjoy their own individual projects, providing them with another outlet to express themselves.
Banwell Pottery originated in the village of Banwell, near Weston-super-Mare, in 2000, as a day centre activity for people with learning disabilities run by North Somerset Council. It became part of Brandon Trust in 2001, and has always remained firmly connected to the local community.
In 2013, we moved to a brand new, purpose-built design studio in the @Worle Sports Centre. The move has allowed the studio to become more accessible and to grow into the thriving social enterprise it is today.
More recently we’ve been expanding our services and are using screen printing to develop a new range of products using our colourful and unique designs on different materials, including cards and textiles.
Banwell Pottery is a friendly and fun pottery studio and we always love having visitors, so please drop in and say hello. We’re really proud of the unique look of our potters’ designs. Come and have a look at the colourful products we have for sale and see how we make them.