Community Workshop

Our Community Workshop is an open access shared workspace for members of the community to make use of. The workshop contains desk space, ceramics facilities (including kiln), laser cutter, 3D printer, sewing machines, printmaking kit and more. 

If you'd like to come and see the workshop, get in touch via the form at the bottom of the page or email emily@wigansteam.co.uk to arrange. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions and book onto inductions for specific equipment if needed. You can find out more info below as well as download the full Community Workshop guide, which answers most frequently asked questions. 

 

Equipment Inductions

 

Before you can use the workshop you must do an introductory workshop for the specific activity you want to do - for example, ceramics. This is to ensure that you’re using equipment safely, and that you understand the basics of the materials you’re using. We run introductory sessions regularly throughout the year, to find out about upcoming sessions visit our Eventbrite page and book a ticket (for an introduction to ceramics, you can book onto our Pottery Night). Introductory sessions (excluding ceramics) are £20 per person.

 

Material Usage

 

We stock some consumable materials in the workshop which are available for you to use, such as:

  • Clay

  • Laser cutter materials such as acrylic and plywood

  • Printmaking inks

When you do your induction for specific equipment, we’ll also tell you how to keep track of the materials you’re using and their cost. You will need to pay for the materials you’ve used at the end of your session before you leave. 


Please note that we operate on trust when it comes to materials to enable you to use the facilities with little disruption - please ensure you record your usage accurately and pay before leaving the premises.

 

Clay & Firings

 

Clay is by far our most heavily consumed material. Workshop users may use up to 500g clay per session with no extra charge. Additional clay will be charged at £1.50 per kilo or £0.75 per 500g. Clay used should be weighed when the piece is fully completed and before firing. 

There will be one earthenware firing (lower heat) and one glaze firing a month. Stoneware will be fired once every two months or if there is not enough pottery to be fired it will be once the kiln is full. Anyone wishing to have something fired earlier or more regularly than once a month will incur a £20 firing fee.  

 

Please ensure that leftover clay is patted into a ball to remove air and put back in the relevant bag and the bag resealed. Any clay that is too dry can be made into slip.

 

Laser Cutter Materials 

 

A4 Plywood is £0.50 per sheet

A4 acrylic in all colors is £5.00 per sheet 

 

Booking

 

We run our workshop via a booking system. Booking slots are three hours long and run from 10am - 1pm and 1pm - 4pm. A maximum of four people will be able to book to use the space at once. Please only book a slot if you are committed to attending.

 

If you’d like to book the laser cutter please book a Community Workshop slot and a Lasercutter slot. 

 

To book, go to http://wigansteam.skedda.com 

 

How to Pay

 

A half-day in the workshop is £7.50. Once you have booked we will send you a link to pay for your booking.  If you accrue any material costs, these should be paid at the end of your session before you leave.

 

Download the full Community Workshop guide

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