Nicola opened The Creative Studio York in June 2018, wanting to bring a ceramics and sculpture studio to York. With a background in Sculpture and Special Effects, Nicola saw the opportunity to create a community setting for people to learn in and for other artists to develop their practice.

The studio welcomes all levels of learners, whether they haven't touched clay since their school years, or are an advanced learner in their specialist field. The studio has facilities for both ceramics and sculpture. There are both day workshops, along with long term courses available for both adults and children.

The key thing is that Nicola wanted to provide a space for people to express their creativity and develop themselves as a person. There have been many people who have come into the space, taken that time out and really enjoyed themselves. We are proud to say we have helped to produce many smiling faces!


The Studio is based at The Bull Commercial Centre on Stockton Lane, with a welcoming atmosphere, so come along and have a look and see what we do!

We offer Flexi Learn Passes and Vouchers, please see our Pop In Pottery page and follow the link 

Nicola Stead


Originally from Whitby, Nicola began her art career in London, training in Sculpture and Special Effects. During her degree, she developed many different technical skills, working in clay, silicone, foam and fibreglass for mould making and casting. Since graduating Nicola has worked internationally, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Iceland and Cyprus; working as a freelance sculptor and developing her own practice through art residencies and exhibitions.


Nicola came back to the UK and started to organise her own creative workshops for both children and adults, alongside artist exhibitions in and around Whitby. Since moving back to York, she has worked at York College teaching a range of learners in both 3D design and Makeup SFX, she now focuses her time on teaching Sculpture and pottery workshops for both adults and children at the studio. 

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