Events at Turning Earth

Turning Earth at London Craft Week 2024

16-18 May 2024,  Old Spitalfields Market 10.30-5.30pm

Turning Earth, in collaboration with Spitalfields Market, is delighted to take part in the next edition of London Craft Week 2024.

Over three days, professional makers and teachers from our studios will share their passion for clay, showcasing and selling their work, as well as teaching throwing and hand-building taster workshops.

The exhibition will be open daily 10.30-5.30pm.

Our 45-minute one-to-one throwing workshops are a great chance to discover the excitement of spinning clay and making a shape on the wheel. Our 45-minute small-group hand-building workshops are a fun way to connect with clay, making simple pinch pots and letting your creativity run free!

The workshops can be booked in advance here - some spaces will be left for drop-in on the day.

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Artists Include:

Sharon Taylor
Anahita Soufi Neyestani
David Hudson
Nikki Seymour
Isabel Montoya
Catherine Watson
Amy Hutton
Victoria Casey Fierro
Aroosah Khan
Stella Cassanelli
Veronika Solarova
Ellen Rockliffe
Leanne Benson
Isa Hu
Maddie Guerlain
Robert Goate
Ersoy Emin
Roselind Hunsel
Serkan Onder
Nathalie Loubert
Miao Zhong
Sophie Ambelas
Kat Heath

Catherine Liu
Tami Benzaken
Naemi Miyazu
Libby Hood
Nicola Jottkandt
Dimitris Papailias
Imogen Head
Rida Zaidi
Elise Santangelo
Finn Eaton
Liz Edmunds
Jennifer Ring
Anna Butler
Francisco Valdes
Emily Proctor
Chryssa Karatza
Rebecca Williams
Sharron McLeod
Kathleen Tarr
Kasia Howlett
Jessica White
Blayne George
Joel Peers

Doreen Hickmann
Rachel Hampson
Nihan Baglica
Hannah Struve
Emilia Eriksson
Emma Hassell
Sadi Cetinoglu
Sofia Sullivan
Cynthia Wrobel
Jane Clements
Ellen McHale
Helena Bisby
Maria Sole Giglio
Denis Mole
Susan Eglinton
Annie Cushing
Alice Ha
Lianxin Liao
Evgenia Douka
Serena Bellorti
Rosie Ruddock
Hephzibah Roe
Sara Barqawi

Karin Ong
Penny Ni Lin
Jacob Kamara
Hannah Slaouti
Ivan Scrase
Paul Owens
Alice Barford
Eleanor Meredith
Tamsin Dalley
Tom Livingstone
Krystal Sutherland
Sapna Shah
Rebecca Swan
Gozde Engin Pamuk
Joana Westphal
Janet Stewart
Yonatan Buchhandler
Paresha Amin
David Napier
Kazuko Takahashi
Juliette Swindells
Georgia Costa
Katharina Efremov

2023 Midsummer Market

24-25 June 2023 Turning Earth Leyton 11-5pm

On 24/25 June, Turning Earth will be holding a huge artisan ceramics market in our members’ studio on Argall Avenue, Leyton E10. There will be over 100 artists selling their hand-made ceramic wares over the course of the weekend. Come and stroll around the beautifully converted industrial building just down the road from Lea Bridge station, and browse through the work of over 100 ceramic artists. With live music from local musician, Zoot Lynam and locally made artisanal food sold alongside beautiful tableware and sculpture, it is all set to be a wonderful summer weekend - perfect for a day out!

Being regularly featured in Time Out and the Evening Standard and popular now all over London, the market is an East London gem, with people coming from all over the capital to buy hand-made ceramics directly from the maker.

Aside from the many hand-made wonders on sale, visitors will be able to watch live demonstrations as our members will be showcasing their skills on the potter’s wheel.

Turning Earth's Summer Market will again be part of the Argall Ave Open Studios. The entire Argall Avenue industrial estate has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years, with a wide variety of artisan businesses, with everything from hand-made furniture, craft beer and sourdough baking.

In 2017, Dominic Wilder, the visionary behind MentmoreStudios, refurbished an old hardware factory in the Argall Ave industrial estate to establish a new home for creative businesses in small-scale production.

11 Argall Avenue now houses some of the East London's most exciting makers, including carpentry businesses WilderCreative, and thinkFOUND, artisan bakery Pavilion, and open-access ceramics studios, Turning Earth.  On the weekend of 24/25 June, the businesses will open their doors to demonstrate the breadth of making processes taking place under one roof and to show visitors some of the beautiful objects being created on-site.

Designs and makes bespoke furniture and fitted joinery for high end residential and commercial markets.

Furnishing Futures
Furnishing futures helps women and children who are living with furniture poverty, because having a comfortable home supports wellbeing and helps to break the cycle of poverty.

SASA Works
The artistic works of Craig Bamford, artist architect designer and master craftsman.

Studio Hako
Studio Hako is a design and build construction company specialising in modern commercial and residential projects.

Is an environmentally conscious furniture company making tables to order using reclaimed wood.

Uses the spices of Sri Lanka to enrich locally-sourced ingredients with a flavour of past adventures. It's fresh loaves hit the shelves warm and are sold on the day.

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2022 Winter Markets

19/20 November Turning Earth Tottenham 11-5pm

3/4 December Turning Earth Leyton 11-5pm

The Turning Earth markets return this winter with another jubilant celebration of pure human creativity.

On 19/20 November and 3/4 December, 100 ceramic artists come together across two market weekends at the Turning Earth studios in Tottenham and Leyton. Each market will be accompanied by open studios from neighbouring businesses, including furniture makers, house plant stylists, and vintage fashion stores, among others.

As usual, you can expect making demonstrations, live music, mulled wine and mince pies, street food vans and barista coffee, and an Aladdin's cave of ceramics from the most diverse, high-quality selection of artists you could find in one place anywhere.

By shopping handmade, you'll support the life-affirming creative experiences that give rise to each piece. You never know, perhaps the maker-space spirit will rub off, and you'll decide that now is finally the time for you to sit down and start making things again yourself.

Crawley Road Open Studios 19/20 November
Turning Earth Tottenham is located within the newly launched Crawley Road studios complex, which is holding its first open studios during the market weekend on 19/20 November. Creative businesses opening their doors include vintage clothes houses, handmade chandelier makers, photographic studios, and a terrarium workshop. There'll be food from barbecue specialists Bolland and Crust and barista coffee from Handles Coffee Cart. The studios are located close to Lordship Recreation Ground in Tottenham, and about 7 minutes walk from Turnpike Lane station on the Piccadilly Line. 

Argall Avenue Open Studios 3/4 December
Argall Avenue Open Studios returns alongside the Turning Earth Leyton market. Coffee comes from Climpsons and there'll be pop-up food stalls from Sourdough Daali and Shakti Cafe, alongside a maze of open studios to wend your way through - from the beautiful but still affordable furniture of social enterprise ThinkFOUND to a pop-up Botanical Fair, the very first from Plants by There.

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Ceramics Markets 2021/ Out of the Ashes

4/5 Dec Turning Earth Leyton 12-6pm
18/19 Dec Turning Earth Haringey Launch 12-6pm

After a long wait, the Turning Earth Ceramics Markets are returning this year, as we get together to celebrate the creativity that comes from crisis and reflect on the changes to our lives and making practices that the disruption of the pandemic brought with it.

The pandemic has impacted our making practices in many ways: while some have had more time to reflect and to make, others have been thrown into childcare and had little time for themselves at all. Wheel throwers have tried handbuilding techniques when their studios were shuttered, while some other makers have turned to the kitchen cupboards to find tools to experiment with when they couldn't leave their homes.

And many, many ceramics lovers have been unable to see work in person - to examine or touch it, let alone meet the maker, as shopping moved online.

So, with a great hurrah, we are happy to announce that we will be holding two in-person, real-life markets this year, where our makers will be selling work made during and since the lockdowns.

The first market in Turning Earth Leyton will be held on the weekend of 4/5 December, and the second in our new site in Haringey on the weekend of 18/19 December. 

As always with our markets there'll also be live music and street food and mulled wine to buy. Come and make a day of it.

Participating artists

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2019 Winter Markets

Sat 30 Nov / Sun 1 Dec Leyton 12-6pm
+ Argall Ave Open Studios

Sat 14 / Sun 15 Dec Hoxton 12-6pm
+ woodware market

Head over to the first of our two winter weekend markets in Turning Earth Leyton studios. You will find ceramics from 75 makers, wheel-throwing and handbuilding demos, delicious Vietnamese Street food from Hanoi Ca Phe, glögg (Scandi-inspired mulled wine) and mince pies, and live music from Balkan klezma group Tantz.

A charity stall selling donated work will raise money for charity Help Refugees.

During the Turning Earth Leyton market weekend you can also browse around local businesses for the third annual Argall Ave Open Studios. Sample delicious ales from Neckstamper Brewery, get some of the city's finest pastries from Pavilion Bakery, and grab some lunch at neighbouring Lighthaus Cafe. Discover furniture from creative reclaimers ThinkFOUND and luxury designer A. White Workshop, as well as  bespoke joinery from RHMB, fine woodwork from Piers Peel, and fine art framing from Dylan Shipton Frames.

The market is followed two weekends later by Turning Earth Hoxton + winter markets.

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Ceramics History Lectures at the Turning Earth Learning Hub

Sunday 16th June, 11 am: Connoisseurship in Ceramic Art and Design
Sunday 16th June, 2 pm: The Body as Vessel and the Vessel as Body

Location: Turning Earth Learning Hub, Argall Avenue, London E10 (near Lea Bridge)

Our new collaboration with Wendy Gers, award-winning curator, consultant and scholar of ceramic art and design, ushers in a new era of ceramics education at Turning Earth.

The lectures are open to everyone, non-members of the studio included.

Please book in advance as there are limited spaces.

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Prospective In Production member open day

Saturday 18th May, 1 pm (please note, the date has now changed)

In Production houses up to 25 early-carer makers, providing them with unlimited any-time access, 24 hours a week. Members mix glazes and fire their own kilns.

Moving to new premises in Lea Bridge, London E10 in April, the new studio will include top-of-the-range wheels, electric kilns, a gas kiln and a glaze spray booth.

Please book in advance as there are limited spaces.

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Prospective member open day

Saturday 6th April 11am and 2pm

Have you thought about becoming a member of Turning Earth, but not sure what it involves, or if you are ready?

Come along for an informal chat with our team to find out more. We’ll have tea and snacks, a studio tour and a Q&A.

Please book in advance as there are limited spaces.

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2018 Winter Markets

8/9 December: Turning Earth Lea Valley, 11 Argall Avenue, Leyton E10 7QE (nearest station Lea Bridge)After a year's hiatus, Turning Earth's popular East London ceramics studios are once again opening their doors to the public over two major Winter Market events on 24/25 November and 8/9 December.

150 makers, two events
Now in it's fourth year, what was once an off-the-beaten track event involving a handful of our budding artists has now become a beloved institution for the East End's community of design-lovers. 150 of London's most exciting emerging makers - enabled to begin a career in ceramics out of Turning Earth's co-work studios in Hackney and Leyton - will sell their work from two of Turning Earth's East London centres across two weekends in the run-up to Christmas.

24-25th November, Hoxton
The first event, on the weekend of 24th and 25th November, takes place in the  flagship Turning Earth centre in the railway arches in Whiston Road in Hoxton. Turning Earth has teamed up with neighbouring arch residents Big Sky Studios to accommodate the large numbers of people that now regularly attend this popular event (and who queued patiently outside Barbican Conservatory for Turning Earth's last market there in March.) Additional space means Turning Earth can bring back some old faces, including beloved former members that began their journey at Turning Earth and whose businesses have since spread across the country.

8-9th December, Lea Bridge
Then on 8/9 December the new Turning Earth centre at 11 Argall Avenue, Leyton, will open its doors, where another set of artists will sell their products, alongside members of Turning Earth's  professional studios, In Production, London's first professional ceramics incubator, which now houses 22 full-time making businesses. Other companies in the Argall Ave area, including furniture makers ThinkFOUND, Uncommon Projects and A.White Workshop will also open their doors for the weekend.  

Live music
It wouldn't be a Turning Earth Market without an appearance from members of Balkan Klezma band The Turbans, who will be playing at the event alongside other musical guests.  The Turbans loyally return each year despite growing international renown that has seen them migrate from the fringe to main-stage spots at major summer festivals.

Food and drink
And of course it wouldn't be a Winter Market without spiced hot drinks and minced pies. Climpson will serve its world famous coffee, beans roasted around the corner in nearby Broadway Market. Turning Earth's neighbours at East London's Pavilion Cafe will be offering their delectable take on Sri Lankan street food while donating the proceeds to charity.

Made with care
Pavilion will be joined in its fundraising efforts by the many Turning Earth makers who donate special pieces and seconds at each event to raise money for organisations that reflect Turning Earth's vision of building a community with open arms - this year proceeds go to Help Refugees and the Hackney Migrant Centre.

All electricity used to fire the kilns at Turning Earth now comes from renewable sources. The studios will encourage shoppers to play their part by asking people to bring in their old bubble wrap to be reused as packaging.  

Ceramics Fair at Barbican OpenFest

On Sunday 18th March, 60 contemporary artists from Turning Earth will gather to sell their work in the unique setting of the Barbican's Conservatory Terrace and Garden Room.

Beautifully crafted tableware and one-off sculptural and conceptual pieces will be available to buy directly from their makers.

Throughout the day, artists will demonstrate their techniques in various locations along the Conservatory trail. There will also be opportunities for visitors to have a try at working with clay themselves.

Part of Barbican OpenFest:

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Turning Earth Winter Market 2/3 December
12- 6 pm - Argall Ave, E10

It's going to be the biggest Turning Earth studio sale ever...

120 makers from both studios, and the businesses who form our accelerator, In Production will be gathering together to sell their work.

The other making businesses in the Mentmore studios building (of which Turning Earth E10 is part), will be opening their doors to the public as well - including Wilder Creative, ThinkFound, Uncommon Projects and Pavilion Bakery.

The winner of The Great Pottery Throwdown, our maker Ryan Barrett, will be demonstrating 3D printing in ceramics using a machine he made in his shed!

Browse and buy new work, listen to live music from members of Turning Earth's favourite band, The Turbans, and have a craft beer with the makers. There'll be Breton crepes and galettes on sale, and a full lunch menu at Lighthaus, the cafe downstairs.

As usual, we'll be selling specially donated works and seconds from studio members to raise money for the Hackney Migrant Centre, which helps immigrants and asylum seekers living in our community.

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Turning Earth Autumn Market 7/8 October 12- 6 pm

After a break while the studio expanded (during which one of our makers won The BBC's Great Pottery Throwdown and several others found fame on Instagram), the popular destination for stylists, foodies and lovers of all things handcrafted throws opens its doors to the public again.

60 up-and-coming makers from the studio will be selling their work and demonstrating making techniques in our beautiful arches in Hoxton.

Browse and buy new work, listen to live music and have a craft beer with the makers. Hanoi Ca Phe will be providing Vietnamese street food. All this to a soundtrack of live music from the folks behind the popular East London music night, Woodburner. You never know, maybe you will pick up a piece from one of the ceramics stars of tomorrow.

As usual, we'll be selling specially donated works and seconds from studio members to raise money for the Hackney Migrant Centre, which helps immigrants and asylum seekers living in our community.

Address: Arch 362 Whiston Road, Hoxton, E2 8BW

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The Grand Opening Weekend Maker Market at Argall Avenue E10
11/12 March 2017   12-6pm

Turning Earth is celebrating the opening of our second studio in E10 over the weekend of 11th and 12th March. To celebrate, over 60 Turning Earth artists, past, present and future, will gather together to sell their work in the beautiful new space, located in the newly renovated Lea Valley Works.

There'll be food from LightHus, the beautiful Skandinavian-inspired cafe opening on the downstairs floor at the end of March, live music and a celebratory atmosphere.

Come and join us!

Turning Earth E10
11a Argall Avenue
E10 7QE

Learn about our charity fundraising at the sale.

Here's how to find Turning Earth E10, within Lea Valley Works

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