The much-loved Winter Ceramics Market will return to Turning Earth’s Leyton studio on Saturday 4th and 5th December 2021. More than 70 ceramicists will sell their work directly from the studio, and there will be wheel-throwing and hand-building demos throughout the weekend – with the option for visitors to have a go too.
A charity stall selling donated work will again raise money for charity Help Refugees. There’ll also be delicious Vietnamese Street food from Hanoi Ca Phe, mulled wine and mince pies, as well as live klezmer from members of the much-loved festival band The Turbans, and folk music from Davey Green. Alongside the market, a host of neighbouring artists, photographers, furniture makers and designers on the Argall Avenue industrial estate will open their doors so you can explore their studios.
One of the gifts of the pandemic has been in showing people what they most value, which became strikingly apparent when so much of life was restricted. People tried crafts in more significant numbers than ever before during the lockdowns, but the move online deprived everyone of the tactile experience of buying work directly from the maker. In what promises to be an inspiring reunion of makers and ceramics lovers, you can expect to see pieces made with kitchen implements when our makers couldn’t leave their homes, among the many creative ideas refined in lockdown. Like so many independent artisans, ceramicists have suffered badly because so many outlets for their work have been closed over the past two years – buying independent at Christmas shoppers can help keep the craft alive.