We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening of Turning Earth E10, a beautiful studio space that’s open to potters of all levels, run by brother and sister duo, Tallie and Lewis Maughan. This is the second studio from the company; Turning Earth E2, based in Hoxton, opened its doors in December 2013. Now with a long waiting list for members, and the continued growth of the craft, opening a second studio was an obvious next step.
Inspired by a US business model, Turning Earth offers an open-access membership, allowing users access to the facility whenever they have free time. We all have busy lives and sometimes lose touch with something we love, and this studio gives you the time and the perfect environment to get back to working with clay. They also run a selection of courses, perfect for beginners as well as those looking to improve their skills.
The team from ClayCraft headed to Argall Ave for the grand opening, which was a short taxi ride from St James Street tube station. When we arrived, it was instantly obvious how much hard work and passion had gone into this project.
Annie Warburton from the Crafts Council said that she was excited to see such a growth in the craft, and the success of Turning Earth was a testament to the popularity of ceramics.
She added: “Ceramics is part of the wider crafts industry, which brings in an estimated £3.4 billion to the economy every year; one of the fastest growing industries. With so many challenges up against artists, such as rent for studio space, a hike in business rates, Turning Earth is an outlet that can allow professionals to grow a business.”
With a complete mix of techniques and styles, the studio was filled with inspiring work from an extremely talented bunch of artists, all with different skill levels. With live demos on the wheel, a surprise visit from Keith Brymer Jones, topped off with flowing champagne and live music, this truly was a celebration of craft.
Congratulations Tallie, Lewis and the Turning Earth team!
Interested? Sign up to be a member of Turning Earth E10 here: http://e10.turningearth.uk