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 Christies 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 businesses and places, 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.
David McGuire, Studio Pottery’s Technician
Graduated from Central St Martins and is a practicing ceramist.