Become a Member of the CPA

Membership of the Craft Potters Association

Categories of Membership with the Craft Potters Association


The CPA is the national body in the UK representing studio potters and ceramic artists. We publish Ceramic Review magazine and you can visit us at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre in central London. Membership of the CPA is available to individual makers and to anyone interested in studio ceramics.

There are four categories of membership: Associate, Selected, Fellow and Honorary membership.

Associate Membership

Anyone can join the CPA as an Associate member and benefit from the various opportunities, information and activities that the CPA promotes and organises. Our membership includes makers, collectors, potteries, galleries and ceramic enthusiasts.

Benefits of CPA Associate Membership include:

  • 10% off all ceramics at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre
  • £6 off a year’s subscription to Ceramic Review magazine
  • Access to purchase Public and Product Liability Insurance for only £25 extra per year
  • Weekly e-bulletins, detailing new opportunities, exhibitions, CPA activities, reminders, deadlines and more!

Selected Membership

The aim of the CPA is to promote and encourage the creation of high quality ceramics. Selected membership is only awarded to those makers whose work demonstrates a very high technical and aesthetic level of sophistication.

The CPA’s selection procedures therefore focus upon a requirement for excellence in the work of the applicant, based on the CPA Council’s knowledge and specialist understanding of the achievements of the very best makers. For Selected Membership the Council is looking for the work submitted to be of a consistently high professional standard.

  • The deadline for Selected Membership applications in November is the end of October.
  • The deadline for Selected Membership applications in May is the end of April.

For more information about applying for full CPA Membership please email Nigel Lambert at

Fellow and Honorary Membership

Fellowship is offered by peer nomination and invitation to those Selected members whose work is of the highest standard in all respects – outstanding in its expression of the art of the potter, with a quality of making appropriate to its concept and with a powerful and well established sense of individual identity. A nomination must have the support of at least three CPA Fellows and be submitted to council for consideration at a selection meeting at any time between January and March each year.

Honorary Fellowship is a ‘lifetime achievement’ award bestowed on those makers whose contribution to the CPA and/or influence on British studio ceramics has been truly outstanding over the course of a long and distinguished career.

For more information on the various membership types please follow the link below: