Describe your workspace…
I recently moved from Turning Earth Hoxton to the new Turning Earth centre in Lea Bridge. I work alongside many other talented potters, sharing ideas, knowledge, techniques, achievements and frustrations. The open space is really bright, located in the middle of an industrial estate on the side of the Lea River. I cycle from Victoria Park through the Hackney Marshes to get here and on sunny days it is just amazing. There's lots of windows providing us with the most beautiful balance between light and shadows. I have a beautiful old ware trolley were I keep all my works in progress, tools, clay and fired work. We don't have private tables or wheels, one day you are at one wheel and the next one you can be at a different spot. I think this helps to keep the space cleaner and tidier. The studio is a bit in the middle of nowhere but I really like the idea that you come here to focus on your work, with no temptations. At lunch time we all sit on the table and share nice bread and toppings using our freshly fired wares. Being a potter can sometimes be a really isolating job, so it is really enjoyable to incorporate the community element by sharing a working space.
What inspires you, both in your work and life in general? As much as this has been said, I find nature and its intricate complexity really fascinating; landscapes, textures, formations, structures, patterns... The idea of being able to manage your own time and earn your living doing what you love.
How did you come to work with TOAST? TOAST's Product Developer, Jessica Adams, came to Turning Earth for a ceramic workshop and got engaged with the community and studio events. In one of the open studio sales where we all showcase and sell our work, she invited me to have a chat with her about selling my work through TOAST. It's been a great privilege and pleasure to work with such a great team of people.
Images by Sebastián Ayala.
Andrea wears TOAST Linen Crossover Apron in charcoal and her AR ceramics beakers are available here.