About us

Ceramics Today is an online community created and curated by professional and amateur potters based in the UK, with experience in teaching ceramics and community engagement.

Ceramics Today idea and concept were developed by Bruno Vinel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bruno discovered pottery in 2018, and thanks partly to ceramics, he recovered from depression and since then kept positive and engaged with his community.

Our aim is to offer as many people as possible in our communities the opportunity to discover ceramics, get their first experience with clay, and benefit from our experience. This is particularly important in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, as many pottery studio had to close or reduce their activities, and stopped offering classes.

We are a not-for-profit organisation managed by a small group of volunteers curating our website and social presence. Experienced ceramicists, community pottery studios and organisation supporting the public’s wellbeing are partnering with us. Discover our team and collaborators profiles below.

Our team and collaborators

Bruno Vinel

Editor of Ceramics Today, Bruno is an experienced finance director, a dedicated ceramics and community organiser on his spare time. French citizen, based in the UK, Bruno previously lived in France, Spain, Morocco and Mauritius. He learnt from their culture and was influenced by their arts.

“Bruno has an eye for aesthetic beauty and is constantly pushing the boundaries of his skill sets” Becky Belcher, Sundragon Community Pottery.

Screenshot of Ceramics Today website

Does the name Ceramics Today ring the bell?

Our ceramics community website name was inspired by Ceramics Today, another ceramics website published back in the 2000s.

It’s first incarnation was Claynet, which was set up in mid 1995 and was one of the earliest ceramics sites on the World Wide Web. It was created and edited by the Australian ceramic artist Steven Goldate. Steven acted as the ‘Ceramics Guide’, sifting through the maze of ceramics sites on the Net worldwide, selecting those worthy of a link, writing articles and answering thousands of reader’s questions.

Over the years hundreds of articles were written while the links database grew to be the most comprehensive on the Net. The last publication was done more than 10 years ago.

These articles are a mine of inspiration for any aspiring ceramicist. Visit their archive on http://ceramicstoday.glazy.org

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