Events at Turning Earth Tottenham

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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2023 Tottenham Autumn Market

16-17 September Turning Earth Tottenham 11-5pm

Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of artistic mastery and creative inspiration as the highly anticipated Turning Earth Ceramics Market returns to Crawley Road on September 16th and 17th. This two-day event promises to be a celebration of craftsmanship, culture, and community, featuring a stunning array of over 80 talented makers showcasing their unique handmade ceramics.

Event Highlights:

Artisan Showcase: The Ceramics Market will host a diverse assembly of 80 skilled artisans from across the four Turning Earth studios, all gathered under one roof to showcase their exquisite handmade ceramics. From intricate pottery to awe-inspiring sculptures, visitors can expect to discover an assortment of artistic treasures. In a world driven by mass production, finding unique, ethically and locally crafted treasures has become a true delight. The pieces you will find at the market are also a testament to time-honoured techniques, creativity, and the genuine connections that are established between the maker and the buyer. When you choose handmade ceramics, you're not just acquiring a beautiful item; you're investing in a story that reflects the rich heritage of our local artistic community.

Live Music and Culinary Delights: The ambiance of the event will be further enhanced by live folk music performances by the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Theo Bard. Attendees can also taste a selection of street food offerings from the new Bolland & Crust Café, who have organised a special menu for the weekend. Craft beer, wine and a special tiki-style cocktail bar are on the pipeline too! 

Demonstrations and Interactive Experiences: The Ceramics Market is not just an exhibition; it's an opportunity to engage and learn. Admire the magic of the potter's craft with throwing and handbuilding demonstrations, and for those feeling adventurous, the "have-a-go wheel" offers a chance to try pottery-making under the guidance of our expert teachers.

But that's not all! The entire Crawley Road area will come alive with the Open Studios Weekend. Explore a vibrant tapestry of creativity as art exhibitions, boutique market stalls, more music and food sparkle the neighbourhood. Families can partake in a variety of kid-friendly activities, such as face painting, “have a go” workshops and flower crown making, ensuring that every member of the community can share in the joy of this cultural celebration.

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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 Market 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.

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