Maze Studios CIC

Maze Studios CIC (Community Interest Company) is an artist-led, not-for-profit organisation providing studio space and opportunities for artists and the local community. Maze Studios is run by a group of dedicated artists, all with a background in Ceramics, having studied Fine Art and Art & Design. 

Located in Barton Hill, Bristol, Maze Studio’s 4000sq.ft building comprises of 30 artist studio spaces with dedicated workshop areas and two non-ceramic related studios, one of which facilitates textile use. Maze Studios is situated in convenient, close proximity to main bus/train routes.

Maze Studios provides a creative space in which artists/makers are encouraged to develop their practise within a friendly and supportive environment.

Mission statement
‘We are a community interest company for aiding the facilitation of artist development as a stepping stone between formal training and personal artistic progression towards artist independence’.

Our aim
Maze Studios CIC is established to cultivate and promote the progression of publicly accessible facilities and access to education in contemporary visual art, craft and design through the development of artistic knowledge and public participation.

Artist interest in Maze Studios gravitates around the use of kilns, this central focus of the studios unlike other studios creates a challenging but unique set up. Providing a space in which access to ceramic equipment is available before the development of a viable practice that would necessitate and justify personal investment in kilns wheels and other essential equipment.

Studio Spaces
An incubation space, an opportunity for the focused development of personal artistic practices. A place for learning essential ceramic studio skills. A place to develop and aid in the progression towards eventual artistic independence. Providing a platform for artist interaction, creativity and knowledge sharing. A space for taking steps towards the development of personal practices within the art field.

Studio spaces are available for a year with possible extensions.
A year’s space rental enables Maze Studios to align with its directives as a CIC in providing access to equipment and facilities to those at the early stages of development. With artist awareness of this time period, it encourages those that have made progression to seek alternative means of supporting greater productivity levels and in turn frees up space for those entering the development process.

Our studio space sizes are similar to what you might expect from those provided by University or colleges and are reflective of this stage of development as a space for learning and the experimental stage of artistic development.

Studio spaces are for independent use. In order to hold a studio space you will need to have had some prior experiences in ceramic practice, either through our ceramic classes, Day Spaces or through other formal training through college, university, night classes, art foundation courses or through self directed practice.

A Creative Space

  • A creative environment - A space that is alive with creativity.
  • Bath Potters run - A monthly collection from Bath Potters supplies of tools and materials is a convenient way of accessing materials and equipment for our full time tenants.
  • Learning about and developing essential studio practice - Through inductions independent use of the space can be achieved and a greater knowledge of ceramic practice.
  • Creative interaction between artists - A space of sharing creative knowledge.
  • Encouragement for progression towards artist independence - Through self directed experience and knowledge building artists can be encouraged towards identifying and achieving their next step.


  • 10 electric kilns
  • 2 Gas fired Raku kilns
  • 8 electric throwing wheels
  • Clay recycling facilities
  • Large clay slab roller
  • Clay extruders
  • Dedicated raw material & glaze prep room incl spray booth & material storage area
  • 2 x Air compressors Glaze application and plaster work
  • Glaze mixers
  • Plaster work area
  • 2 x 3phase Union Graduate Plaster Lathes
  • Dremil and bench grinder.
  • Plaster whirler
  • Drying cupboard
  • Large communal workspace and additional workspaces
  • Kitchen coffee/tea/eating area
  • 3-phase electricity supply
  • Loading bay at front of building for heavy/large items
  • Off-road car parking at the studios + parking in disabled access ramp
  • Toilets
  • Internet

Textiles Studio Space

Textile space offers access to four industrial sewing machines, which include an overlocker and leather working machine. It is an independent work area for the exploration and production of textiles upholstery and garments.

Front Studios space and Textile studio space are separate and not inclusive of the use of the studios ceramic facilities.

How to apply
If you are interested in applying for a studio space or to arrange a visit, please send us an email and we will send you details for applying.
The studios do not operate a waiting list. Studio spaces are offered (Subjectively to create an overall balanced level of artist experience and artistic direction within the studios). Information will be sent out when studio spaces become available.

Maze Studios
Unit 26
Barton Hill Trading Estate
Maze St.
Bristol, BS5 9TQ


5 min. walk from Lawrence Hill train station or 15 min. walk from Temple Meads train station

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