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Discover London's Largest Ceramic Studio, Turning Earth

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 31 July 2017
For the final video in our series on ceramics in London, Lewis Maughan, director of operations at Turning Earth, tells us about the workings of the ceramics incubator and how the east-London studio has given artists and novices a creative platform to experiment with clay.

Ceramics is finally back vogue. With artists such as Grayson Perry, Emma Hart and Jesse Wine putting it firmly back on the art map, ceramics is no longer confined to the pastime of the Good Life set or merely the pursuit of the craft elite. Ceramics classes and studios are now in high demand, especially as a wave of specialist institutions have closed or ceased their ceramics courses over the past few years. To meet the growing need of people wanting to work with clay, Turning Earth was born.

Lewis Maughan at Turning Earth
Lewis Maughan at Turning Earth | © Culture Trip

Opening in 2013 in railway arches off Kingsland Road, Turning Earth was London’s first open-access ceramics studio. After the success of the Hoxton space, it sought to expand operations, converting an old hardware factory in Lee Valley into a new 8,500 sq ft ceramics centre, which opened in March 2017.

Turning Earth studio
Turning Earth studio | © Culture Trip

Equipped with shared facilities, a beautiful open-plan studio, an array of weekly classes and an incubator for 30 makers, Turning Earth’s E10 space continues to ‘cultivate craft’ and ‘nurture creativity,’ in a non-exclusive environment.

To find out more and book classes, visit Turning Earth.

Turning Earth E10 – 11 Argall Avenue, London E10 7QE. Tel +44 (0)20 3325 1912.

Want to meet some of the artists working at Turning Earth? Watch these videos on Baker turned Ceramicist Lily Pearmain, Illustrator Mamen Morillas and Porcelain ceramicist Tom Kemp.