Tired of doing the same old things and going to the same old places? Why not try something completely new that is not only a joy to do but also will introduce you to new friends and likeminded people who are eager to exercise their creative talents and find out more about themselves. Too good to be true? We talk to Lucy Attwood, co-founder of Studio Pottery in Belgravia.
What inspired you to create Studio Pottery London?
We wanted the studio to be based in west London, as studios have often been located here historically. We also wanted to bring art back into the centre of London where, at present, it is most absent. This is a place where you can really feel a sense of community, celebrating an ancient art and discovering new skills and more about yourself, whilst you get involved.
What are the benefits of taking a class at Studio Pottery?
So many people are stuck behind their computers, unable to release their dormant creativity. Once you start on the wheel you lose yourself in the process. A great deal of patience goes into learning basic skills but it’s worth it. It helps to rewire your brain, reconnecting you with the creative side of yourself.
I have zero creative skills but would like to give it a go – can you help?
Ceramics is a craft and it’s tactile – that’s the beauty of it. I always say oil painting is hard with little natural skill but pottery is physical. The creativity is in the whole process rather the final output. I’d say, give it a go, and see how you feel – it may change your whole perspective of what you can do!
Are there any trends you’ve noticed when it comes to your business?
As we come out of lockdown, we’ve seen more people investing in craft lessons and developing their own abilities by learning a new skill. We’ve also seen lots of contemporary artists moving toward ceramic decoration and joining our studio as a member to try new and different things.
Why did you choose Belgravia as your home base?
I worked at Christies before opening Studio Pottery and was introduced to the estate by David Linley who was Chairman at Christies. (David Linley also set up his home in Belgravia, LINLEY, which creates bespoke furniture, luxury gifts & accessories, and interior design showcasing the finest British design).
What do you love about being based in Belgravia?
I grew up in Belgravia. I love the community and the people. There is as spirit of traditional craft embedded here and it’s also fantastic to see the emerging young entrepreneurs coming through. It is a really exciting time to have a business in Belgravia.
What are your favourite things to do in Belgravia when you have a bit of free time?
A visit to Wild by Tart and tennis in the gardens have to be two of my favourite things to do in the neighbourhood.
Tell us why we should give Studio Pottery a try?
Pottery, as an art or craft is rooted in function. The simplest of objects have beauty and as a result, give a real value to everyday living. To drink from a well-crafted mug, to eat from a generous bowl, to contemplate a vase or sculptural vessel as it occupies a space and reflects the changing light of day. Surely, that is one of the ways to live a good life in the present moment.
Coming together as community in the shared joy of making pots, vessels and objects in clay, provides a way forward – giving everyone a new sense of perspective. We’ve been really grateful for everybody’s enthusiastic support during months of closure and are looking forward to classes, hosting outdoor markets and even more people who want to give it a try.
To find out more about Studio Pottery, visit www.studio-pottery-london.com