Getting excited about our Winter Sale!

Our Winter Sale is coming up on Saturday the 5th and Sunday 6th December. We will be selling pots from 50 ceramicists, as well as mulled wine and street food.

There will be a maker table with demonstrations of different techniques, including throwing, slab rolling, pinching and screen printing.

The sale coincides with Hey Clay weekend, a collaboration between the UK Craft Council and the BBC's Get Creative to get people to put their hands in clay. On the Friday before the sale we are running two taster sessions for Hey Clay, to give people a chance to see what we do. That weekend it's also Small Business Saturday - a day to encourage consumers to patronise small businesses in the UK. Turning Earth has been lucky enough to be chosen as one of the Small Business 100 so we are doing our best to be ambassadors for the cause. It's going to be a busy weekend for ceramics and for all of us at Turning Earth!

We made these beautiful postcards of work by our members as flyers/postcards to advertise the sale. Look out for them around London!

ITV's Giovanna Fletcher takes 5 at Turning Earth

This week we were excited to receive a visit from ITV's Giovanna Fletcher, who has been exploring activities that people do for their 'me time' for the Lorraine Breakfast show.

We felt quite smug at finding ourselves ahead of the curve, after learning that Lena Dunham has been tweeting about "the indie ceramics renaissance that's happening now" and that David Beckham has been trying a bit of 'paint your own pottery'. Apparently everyone's into ceramics these days. But to hear it described as 'cool' gave us something to think about - it isn't the first word that springs to mind when thinking of our daily life in the studio. Still, we will celebrate finding ourselves in the right place at the right time. Hopefully it will get a few more people into the craft, which we reckon is truly good for the soul. And perhaps it will also bring more people to our studio sales and help our artists make their hobbies self-sustaining. At the moment, that's the dream. 

Giovanna gave it a go with a little (no, actually a lot) of help from Ben Sutton, one of our resident throwers. In spite of the to-be-expected Ghost references, he got away without doing a Patrick Swayze impression. I was a bit disappointed, to be honest.

-- Tallie 

Strictly Come Dancing visits Turning Earth

To say that Turning Earth teacher Tessa Barrett was excited when she heard that Anita and Gleb from the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing would be coming to the studio would be a bit of an understatement. Tessa, who is also a dancer in her other life, is a real fan of the show, and she had a great time taking the two stars for a spin.

As Tessa pointed out on the day, dancing and throwing are quite similar skills. You have to stay centred, have good coordination, know how to be focused and relaxed at the same time, etc etc. As a professional dancer, Gleb, it turns out, was naturally good at it (though we have to say not quite as good as he looked on the show - television editing is a wonderful thing).

Although we too love to turn the studio into one big dance floor - we do it with enthusiasm when we hold our member parties - we have never seen Turning Earth looking quite so glamorous as it did with them in it.

-- Tallie

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