Turning Earth pioneered the open-access membership studio model in the UK. Launching in 2013 to bring to London a model of community ceramics makerspace that had been developing within the US, Turning Earth has since inspired many similar studios, both in this country and around the world.
Turning Earth has now grown to encompass five sites in East London, with studios in railway arches in the Kingsland Viaduct in Hoxton, in the Argall Avenue industrial site near Lea Bridge station in Leyton, and - as of December 2022 - within the Crawley Road Studio complex next to Lordship Recreation ground in Tottenham. The new studio in Highgate, on the edge of Queen's Woods in North London, is Turning Earth's sixth studio site.
Aside from being the first of its kind in this country, Turning Earth is known for the scale and beauty of its spaces and the efficiency of its technical systems and firings, which have been studiously refined over nearly a decade. Each of the studios is an open, airy, hub that can accommodate hundreds of makers each month. The spaces are exceptionally clean, minimising the risks to makers' lungs posed by silica dust in the air, reflecting the high value Turning Earth places on health and safety.
Turning Earth is also legendary for its maker markets, which attract people from all over the country keen to discover the new rising stars of the ceramics world. Over the years these have been attended by a significant number of Instagram's most influential food stylists, and many of the UK's best loved celebrity chefs.