The Ceramics Studio

Lucy Whitford

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We have been lucky to have lovely Lucy Whitford in the Ceramics Studio for that last month.

A V22 member, Lucy graduated with a distinction in MA Fine Art in 2012 from

  Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.  Lucy swapped her career as a journalist to re train in Fine Art.

She is a very focused and determined maker and we have all watched with interest as she has experimented over the last month.

Good luck Lucy! x

An Gee Chan – The Back of Your Head

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RCA graduate An Gee Chan is a V22 artist and has been spending some time in the ceramics studio.  An Gee’s throwing skills are top notch but she is better known for her murals and screen prints. Sourced from jotted down dreams, nightmares, curious incidents and stories from newspapers and the internet, An Gee Chan’s images have a raw veracity and directness.

You can see An Gee’s work and her beautiful ceramics in Farringdon until the 14th December


Full House!!

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We have had a full studio for the first time this last week! It has been fantastic! We are lucky to have Emmanuelle Camus with us for a month.

Have a look at her website for some truly beautiful Ceramics

Also Peles Empire have been working so hard and have filled the kilns! They ve been great company, we will miss you girls : )


Christabel Birbeck AKA The Rock

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When I took over the running of The Ceramics Studio I inherited Christabel.  Whilst still feeling my way tentatively around the set up and working out the  what the way forward for the studio was, I called to introduce myself to Christabel.  She was so perfectly positive and un-ruffled by disruption it filled me with optimism.  She worked alone for many months in the space when it was very bare and unappealing but still she plugged away at her practice. Taking inspiration from warn boxes and choosing to display them in their commonly domestic setting of basic household furniture she carried on with the everyday, everyday.  Throughout the set up and the early stages she was a rock, an encourager  and a much needed friend.  While I have been dealing with electricians, artists and practicalities; she has chipped away at a beautiful, joyful and familiar body of work which is a progression of he degree work at Camberwell. I cannot wait to see all this presented in a triumphant exhibition next year…Christabel I want thank you for having the light on when I turn up : )






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One thing I hadn’t foreseen is how people would respond to the space.  I knew people would love having more materials and equipment, better light and grown up sized chairs…. I just thought they would be happier. But running classes from a professional space has brought a new more serious approach along with it and the results speak for themselves.








When I started running classes I was keen to keep them small because quality of experience is very important to me.  I have taught on busier courses where you just feel like you are running around putting out fires… no fun for a student new to clay!  So classes have a maximum of 8 people in.  This makes for a friendly atmosphere and there is plenty of pottery-wheel time for everyone : )