Gregory Tingay, Studio Pottery’s Artistic Director
Born in Zimbabwe, Gregory finished his education in England. He read Art History at Cambridge and was a Bendictine monk for 18 years.
Gregory has trained under some of the most distinguished potters of the 20th century. At Buckfast Abbey, he was apprenticed to Mary Boys-Adams (nee Gibson Horrocks), a pupil of Bernard Leach, and at Quarr Abbey, Molly Attrill was his mentor. Gregory worked and taught at Dartmouth Park Pottery in North London for ten years. Hauser and Wirth, Somerset, have selected him as their Artist in Residence the summer of 2019.
Gregory’s background in the Leach tradition informs the teaching ethos of Studio Pottery London. We adopt the rigour and discipline of the historic pottery studios, and temper it with our gentle, nurturing approach, as we focus on building community as much as we do on building the individual’s pottery practice.
As an experienced teacher of fledgling potters, Gregory understands the great benefit of learning either on-one-one, or in small classes. Unlike most studios, at Studio Pottery London, our classes never exceed 6 potters. Gregory believes that under the close guidance of a kind, empathetic and firm teacher, learners will quickly develop a sound technique and grow in confidence.
In Gregory’s own words, teaching ought to build ‘a solid foundation of patient repetition and mastery of small detail so that mind, eye, heart and hand ultimately work as one. It is an holistic approach designed to ensure that the body when throwing is relaxed so that back and neck are not in tension and everything flows. Throwing on the wheel when taught well should become a joy and not a struggle’.
Gregory is particularly known for his sgraffito pattern-making.
Lucy Attwood, Studio Pottery’s Director
Having studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Lucy Attwood worked at Christie’s auction house managing private clients across eighty different sale categories. She then spent time at the Serpentine Galleries managing their patrons. Lucy has arranged international trips for collectors to Art Basel, Venice Biennale, Pakistan and India. Lucy specialises in Post War Contemporary Art, Studio Pottery and London House collections. In 2018, she established Pop Up Pots, a mobile pottery studio that has brought wheels and workshops to all manner of institutions and brands; including Adidas, Instagram, Soho House and Daylesford.
On the back of her success with Pop Up Pots, Lucy co-founded Studio Pottery London with Gregory in 2019. As a potter herself, Lucy was keenly aware of the total lack of provision for potters in west and central London. With Studio Pottery London, Lucy and Gregory hope not only to provide a much needed space for creatives, but to grow a community and hub for ceramics.
Becky Harle, Studio Manager
Omer Oner, Lead Studio Technician
Upkeep of the studio, glaze making, cleaning, organising shelves, turning trimming
Studying Ceramic Design at Central St Martins
Apprentice in Turkey, Kappdocia & Japan Studio Fumio Ito,
Working in hand-building, body casting, experimental glazes and tableware and sculptural pieces
Lara Dent, Part-Time Studio Technician
Lara first started experimenting with ceramics and glass in 2015, leading her to embark on a Foundation Course at Leeds College of Art.
From there she went on to specialise in Ceramics, studying for a BA Hons Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University.
Since graduating Lara has set up her own countryside studio, using inspiration from her travels around the world to further explore her love for glaze making, throwing and hand building.
Alongside these, she also enjoys firing in her homemade Raku kiln, and has ambitions to create and fire in a wood-fired kiln.
Lara spends her time in her studio making commissions, creating works for markets and developing her own practice.
Matilda Moreton, Lead Teacher
Matilda graduated from the ceramics department of Central Saint Martin’s in 2004. Since then she has been working making and teaching ceramics in a variety of ways, as well as gardening and translating Russian.
Mattie is now devoted to the muddy business of potting and when not in the Hampstead ponds, she enjoys splashing around making robustly thrown tableware with slips and oxides. She loves helping people to express themselves with clay.
Mattie has been with Studio Pottery since its launch in Sept 2019.
Celia Dowson, Teacher
Celia specialises in making both ceramic and cast glass and adapts traditional throwing and casting techniques to develop unique surface qualities within her work. Informed by the movement and flux in nature, the colours and changing light of the sky, Celia’s work ranges from the functional to the decorative and is designed to sit quietly within the home.
Celia received her MA from the Royal Collage of Art in Ceramics and Glass and a BA(Hons) in ceramic design from the University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins. She was awarded the Tom Helme Scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, in 2017 and continues to exhibit and sell throughout the UK and internationally.
Alongside her practise Celia loves to teach and has had much experience working across studios, schools and with private clients. She has an encouraging approach to teaching, sensitivity helping the individuals skills develop in a fun and supportive environment.
Joshua Aubrook, Teacher
Joshua has taught ceramics across Kent and Surrey prior to received his BA Honours degree from Farnham’s University for the Creative Arts. He aspires to invest his joy for clay in his students, and teaches practical technique paired with an appreciation for the many generous forms offered by the potters wheel. Lessons are lead through confident positivity and playful exploration of making.
Joshua’s practise is informed by his childhood in the Orange Free State and his interest in religion. How faith and intangible belief play with the materiality of man-made objects intrigues him, and the pursuit of empyreal expression is explored through his hand built and constructed vessels.
Yung Cheuk Chung, Teacher
Eugene first discovered working with clay when he was taught to handbuild by an art school teacher in 2010. Regard to the shortage of ceramics courses in Hong Kong, he later then moved to London and studied for a bachelor’s degree in Central Saint Martins (2016), a master’s degree in Royal College of Art in ceramics (2018).
He has always been attracted to the factories in UK when he first moved to London from Hong Kong and take pleasure in observing how components joint together, the elegance of plant design, the balance of straight line and curve. He never seeks them as a functional object but look at it as an object to capture the pure movement and relationship between each component.
His work involved a lot of throwing, press moulding and slip casting. It allows him to have the flexibility to make each one unique by distorting the form and have a standard quality of shape and scale to unify them. Decorating slip, onglaze enamel and underglaze pencil are the elements for him to decorate the surface and provide them a character with the illustrative pattern he developed through his sketchbook. The outcome of his work attempt to discover the purity of the designed components and provide them a different context.
Jago Poynter, Teacher
The Chelsea Potter.
Artist & Craftsman of Fine Ceramics London & Jingdezhen.
V&A cricketer and frequenter.
William Martin, Teacher
William Martin started pottery at the age of 8. He did a pottery apprenticeship alongside studying Art History at the University of Cape Town. William came to London in 2011 to complete his M.Litt in Curating at Christie’s Education. He then went on to be the first mentor and teacher at Turning Earth, followed by a residency at The Florence Trust.
He is now based in South London, producing ceramic and textile pieces at the Kiln Rooms and Bussey Building, respectively. His practice has gradually become more installation-based, with a focus on craftsmanship. In 2019 he was shortlisted for the Young Masters’ Art Prize, and commissioned by Open Space to participate in their annual arts program.
William is known for his porcelain chains but is just as happy throwing components on the wheel as he is with hand-building.
Lev Rosenbush, Teacher
Lev is a ceramic artist from Brooklyn, New York. He first started experimenting with clay early in high-school on a kick-wheel. He has kept at it ever since.
During his gap year from Kenyon College, he started a business, and most recently has taught classes at Choplet Ceramic Studio.
He is currently studying Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins. Lev’s work largely focuses on functionality with an emphasis on creative design.
Karl Sebastian, Teacher
Karl is a London based ceramicist with experience teaching throwing from his studio in North West London.
He finds teaching very rewarding and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others. He encourages people to improvise and use their intuition when making so they have a better understanding and feel for the clay.
Drawing inspiration from architecture, sculpture and interested in rituals, Karl creates conceptual tableware with an otherworldly and futuristic aesthetic whilst evoking a familiarity that reflects the past.
Monica Tong, Teacher
Born in Nanjing, raised in Shenzhen and Auckland, Monica spent 8 years in corporate finance across Australasia before she took a detour to art and design. At Pasadena City College, she studied Studio Arts and Interior Design and practised as a multi-media artist in Los Angeles prior to her study at The Royal College of Art.
Her creative process has always been influenced by different cultures, local environments and ways of living. Her works have been exhibited and collected in the US, New Zealand, China and the UK. By bridging the East and the West in her research, artistic and personal journey, she invites viewers to interact with her work closely and find resonance in their unique ways.
Monica welcomes conversations for social engagement, art-for-dementia, collaboration, commission, residency, locally and internationally.
Adi Avidani, Teacher
Adi Avidani is an Israeli artist and designer based in the UK, currently pursuing her MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Arts.
Fascinated by the clear connection she finds between clay and people, Adi uses clay to portray human relations. You can usually find her working on her pieces in the studio, around the clock.
Adi had been exhibiting her work in galleries in the UK, Europe, and Israel. With a background in special education (MEd in Special and Inclusive Education from UCL) and a strong belief in the invaluable impact of art on our daily lives, Adi decided to found the inclusive Cambridge Art Club where she teaches children to express their creativity and develop artistic skills.
Izzy Letty, Teacher
Izzy Letty is a potter making wheel thrown homeware and tableware from her London studio. Her pieces are playful reimaginings of classic ceramic items – from the tall pedestal fruit bowl, to the characterful tiered candlestick holder.
Izzy’s spent time at Denmark’s Guldagergaard International Design Center, where she was employed as a Studio Assistant and later a Production Potter. Now, she creates ceramic homewares from her Deptford studio for a range of stockists and private commissions. She’s due to appear alongside Florian Gadsby in BBC1’s new craft show, ‘Make it at Market’ in 2023.
Freya Bramble Carter, Teacher
Inspired by nature.
Taught by her father Chris Bramble in West Hampstead.
Full-time potter for five years. But has been on the wheel from a very young age. Exhibit and tour work London and worldwide.
Artist residency in the Bahamas with Florence St George.