We promised ourselves to do zero work during our trip to London but... you know what they say, once a potter-head always a potter-head. Of course, we had to visit whichever pottery studios that were having their Open Studio period during our vacation dates and we went for two!
Crown Works Pottery Open Studio
Run by potter Giuletta Hextall, Crown Works Pottery is tucked away in an alluring quiet street in East London. Being city kids in Singapore, pottery studios are usually housed in industrial buildings and they tend to look cold and inconspicuous. So when we first entered the grounds of Crown Works Pottery, we were pleasantly surprised by the graceful aesthetics of the building. The pottery currently has twenty one potters and artists who regularly teach and this Open Studio was a collective show of all their works as well as the product launch of Crown Works latest collection!
The inside of the grounds of where the studio was located in!
The first floor of the studio, where their wheel-throwing classes are usually conducted, have been transformed to a showroom!
A cup from Crown Works's newest product line, wheel-thrown by Lucia Ocejo and and Ervin Cirikovic.
Beta Ceramica's works
AR ceramics (she had some tableware stocked at TOAST festive market too)
More pottery works! We didn't catch the names of the makers for these!
There were more works on the second floor of the studio, which is usually where their handbuilding classes are held.
Tokobo Pottery's Open Studio
Tokobo Pottery studio was founded by Japanese ceramicist Mizuyo Yamashita, who wanted to create a space where passion, knowledge and fun experiences can be shared through working with clay. Located off Broadway Market in East London, we found Tokobo to be a lovely and cosy studio with amazing views of London. Plus point - we found some interesting ceramic collections here! Fun fact: Tokobo actually means 'a pottery studio' in Japanese.
Some of Mizuyo's works using the japanese technique, nerikomi.
Quirky face cups by Kusuma Pottery! These really caught our eye!
There was a breath-taking view overlooking London, but we were a little shy to go closer to the windows.
We really wished we had more time to check out more pottery studios in London but since it was during the festive period, some of them were closed or had clashing Open Studio dates! Hmm, does that mean that we might have to make another trip this year?