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The Potting Shed
Townhouse, 5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields E1 6QE
Sat 21st & Sun 22nd May 2016
11am-5pm 45-minute sessions
Members of the public are invited to join ceramic artists Fliff Carr and Matilda Moreton, making unique floral decorated plates to celebrate the joy of early summer flowers.
Inspired by a collection of 18th century botanical prints hung in the gallery of Townhouse and using flowers and leaves from selected plants, learn how to create impressions in clay and apply colour with decorating slips. As well as using plants, a variety of textured floral fabrics, lace and rubber stamps will be available for use in decoration. Add words with letter stamps.
Express your creativity by adding 3-dimensional or printed features – add sculpted flowers or insects, use paper stencils or resist.
To make a garden within a plate, please book. Sessions last 45 minutes and cost £10 (+ £1.74 booking fee), including all materials and firings. The plates, once fired will be sent out to you at an extra cost or they can be collected two weeks post workshop.
We ask that you wear suitable clothing. Aprons will be provided but please keep in mind that the clay workshop will be messy.
We also ask that you arrive 15 minutes ahead of time.
Suitable for adults and children over the age of 10.
Drinks and cakes are available from the Townhouse coffee shop but not brought into the workshop please.
Watch a potter in action on the wheel, explaining the process as she creates a vessel. Fliff and Matilda will take it in turns to throw. See pots come to life.
The Great Pot
This is an on-going collaborative project, which will grow and grow during the Potting Shed weekend. Participants are invited to add a coil of clay and their own unique decorative embellishments to a huge vessel of summer extravagance.
After firing, the Great Pot will be used to collect donations for our chosen garden charity – Horatio’s Garden, which provides gardens in the unused outside spaces of spinal injury centres.
Note about the artists:
Fliff and Matilda are old family friends. They both grew up in the country and share a love of natural history, history and found objects, which inform their work. They are now both based in North London with their families and often work collaboratively.
Fliff Carr is a thrower and hand builder of delicate white earthenware, specialising in surfaces embossed with old lace and coloured with subtle shades. She has collaborated with international retailers, interior designers and private collectors to create bespoke products and collections. She sells in shops and galleries, at design shows and by commission.
Matilda Moreton teaches ceramics in her London studio as well as in schools and on short courses at Central St Martin’s. She graduated from the ceramic design department of CSM in 2004 and after graduation completed a series of site-specific commissions for hospitals, based on local history. Much of her work since that time has been concerned with history, mapping and narratives of past lives. Recent work, besides teaching includes thrown and hand-built tableware.
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Town House is a shop, gallery and cafe located in an 18th century town house on 5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields. The two-storey house, with original Georgian features is a treasure trove of antiques, pottery, glassware and 20th century art. Its downstairs cafe serves delicious home-made cakes, tea and coffee. While its courtyard gallery, at the back of the shop hosts a number of exciting exhibitions throughout the year.
Fiona Atkins, the owner is a long time resident of the East End and started her antiques career in a shop in Columbia Road, long before it was fashionable. When she bought no 5 Fournier Street, opposite the Hawksmoors Christ Church, it was run down and in need of repair. The shop was developed by the wealthy French Huguenot community who came to Spitalfields, bringing with them silk-weaving skills from Nantes, Lyons. Originally intended as domestic dwellings, many of the houses were occupied by the silk industry and form one of the most important and best preserved collections of early Georgian domestic town-houses in Britain. Weavers lived in the building until about 1820, before two doctors, a father and son, moved in. They lived there for fifty years until the 1870’s and built what is now the rear gallery as their surgery. A succession of people and businesses followed including a Russian translator, a furrier, coffee rooms and storage for the vegetable market, when until at the end of the Second World War it became the Market Cafe (where Gilbert and George breakfasted for many years – “It was like Rules,” claimed Gilbert, “only much better and cheaper.”) which remained there until 2000, when Fiona set up The Town House.