The dream of a group of potters that became reality.
While the interior compliments the building with a modern open concept interior accented with aged yellow brick walls juxtaposed with a red steel beam, and, a glass wall panel creating a subtle division between the store and the studio space.
The porcelain pieces above was what I demonstrated while I was there and as far as I know, It all survived the kiln.........thank you Teresa.
While I was there, we visited some small restaurants with a Mediterranean theme and enjoyed very delicious meals.
A Fifteen Year Dream
We had long nights, writing business plans while a core group of us worked on layouts, plans, sent out requests for estimates for a new roof, learned construction lingo, hired a contractor, got money for a geothermal heating and cooling system and then learned all about heating, ventilation and cooling systems (HVAC). We bought a scaffold so that we could tear down the ceiling tiles, pull out disgusting 100-year old insulation and tear off old drywall ourselves.
From a LPG membership of 10 people in early 1980’s to over 150 members now, the new facility is well adapted to accommodate a thriving community with studio access, classes, workshops, children’s March and summer camps, corporate retreats as well as private parties.
As a last word, I would like to thank everyone that showed me around, provided me with information and took care of me in so many ways during and after the workshop.
Teresa Ainsworth, Marilyn Barbe and Elly Pakalnis, housed and fed and drove me around.
They also contributed to this article. Thank you. May this London Potters Guild grow from strength to strength.