Fireworks Clay Studios is a co-operative organisation based in Cardiff city centre, providing studio space and specialised equipment for ceramic artists. It currently houses 18 ceramicists, and a textile artist. In its 20 year history, Fireworks has helped to facilitate the early careers of many successful ceramic artists and is committed to continuing this through its now established Graduate Residency Scheme. We recognise that this in turn contributes to the vibrancy of the community within the studio as well as fostering the next generation of makers.
The Scheme aims to support two newly graduated ceramic artists in their first year of self directed professional practice by offering a fully furnished studio space at a heavily subsidised cost with full use of all studio equipment for a period of one year. Successful applicants will be able to take full advantage of a professional studio without the need to invest and purchase the key equipment required in a ceramic workshop, whilst also working alongside full time professional members, gaining exposure to gallery representatives and enthusiasts.
There will also be opportunities to take part in our Open Days
(Christmas & Summer) and studio meetings.
As stated previously, we are a co-co-operative which means we each contribute our time voluntarily to maintain the space and facilities and support each other including the Graduate Residents.
The submission for the Fireworks Graduate Residency is open until June the 3rd 2019, and is available to new graduates completing an undergraduate BA, postgraduate MA, PhD in Ceramics.
From 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, the subsequent residents will receive the following: Studio space
(2.5m x 2.5m approx); the use of our communal facilities including
3 x top-loading electric kilns; 1 x large front-loading electric kiln; 1 x
top-loading test kiln; Wet-back spray booth and spray gun;
Photography Studio; WiFi.
The cost of a Graduate space is £55 per calendar month. Firing costs are additional with an annual sum of £120 for heating and electricity.
To apply for the Fireworks Graduate Residency, please email or
post your completed application to Fireworks by 6pm on
Monday, June the 3rd 2019. Applications received after this time
will not be considered. The outcome of all applicants will be
notified during the following week (week commencing on the
10th of June 2019).
Applications can be e-mailed to or posted to: Fireworks Clay Studios (Graduate Residency), 24 Tudor Lane, Riverside, Cardiff, CF11 6AZ, UK. Please do not send application forms via special or recorded delivery.
An open morning for interested graduates will be held on Saturday, 11th of May, 2019, 10.00-12.00.
SPACE APPLICATION FORM