Recommended: If You Can’t Stand the Heat

If you would like to see some most recent ceramics and clay art, If You Can’t Stand The Heat is the show at Roaming Projects we could recommend. We are pleased to have been supporting artists in the show at production and ceramics firings, and we know the effort end ingenuity that goes into their work. Seeing shows that have so many pieces produced with our help is what makes our work rewarding. That’s where we started off with the studio mission 3,5 years ago – making clay work possible for mixed media and young artists.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Aisha Christison, Alicia Reyes McNamara, Aliyah Hussain, Amy Leung, Anne Ryan, Annie Attridge, Anousha Payne, Bea Bonafini, Cassie Griffin, Coco Crampton, Emily McCartan, Hannah Bays, Hannah Regel, Jessie Makinson, Katie Schwab, Lindsey Mendick, Ludovica Gioscia, Paloma Proudfoot, Rose Eken, Sally Hackett, Sandra Lane, Urara Tsuchiya, Victoria Adam, Yelena Popova, Zoe Williams

12 – 28 January 2018

Private View: Thursday 11th January 2018, 18:00 – 21:00

11 Bohemia Place, London, E8 1DU
Open Wed-Sun, 12:00 – 18:00 and by appointment

roaming projects is pleased to present If You Can’t Stand The Heat. Organised by Lindsey Mendick, Paloma Proudfoot and Ruth Pilston, the exhibition presents a collection works by 25 artists, brought together through a shared interest in materiality. From consumption to sensuality, daily life to science fiction, the artworks in the gallery manifest a variety of subjects, evoking disparate sentiments, but are united by a common theme: Clay.

The materiality of the clay creates tactile interest – we want to hold, to fondle, to turn the object over in our hands. With ceramics, the physical engagement of the artist and the pleasure in the material is palpable. It can be seen in the patterns and traces made in the fresh clay, in the incidental marks of the throwing process and in the subtle depressions and thumbprints left on the surface. These marks are visible in terracotta pots dug up from archaeological sites just as they are flaunted in the sculptures of the 21st century artist. Fired clay holds not only the memory of the maker, forged in place by the heat of the kiln, but also becomes an archive of the each successive user. The object in clay, be it a tea cup or a sculpture, becomes a palimpsest; an heirloom simultaneously conferring history whilst offer-ing itself forward to renewed interpretation.

We all know how it feels to hold a ceramic object; most days, we eat off them, drink from them, piss into them. The recognisable motifs in the artworks here engage our tactile imagination; intimate forms – of cups and cigarettes, shells and reclining nudes – are imbued with both emotional and haptic familiarity. Each sculpture is reminiscent of a tactile experience evoking a sense of touch even without a human presence, like witnessing the sullied plates and empty glasses of last night’s dinner. In their familiarity, the weight, texture and significance of each piece can be comprehended without handling them. We’ve known the utilitarian counterparts of these objects – the bowl, the vase, the broken shard – and, as such, we know the coolness of a ceramic curve, the sharpness of a pointed edge.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat proposes a space in a liminal position between the familiar and the not-so-familiar. In this sanctuary, the known is subtly altered and subverted, creating an uneasy yet alluring limbo between the mundane and the magical.

Winter Open Studios 8-9 December


8-9 December 2017

Ceramics Studio Co-op opens their doors for the 4th annual studio sale. Come and explore the workshop, meet the artists, buy new pottery and art at affordable prices!

Join studio members and regulars for festive celebrations with mulled wine and snacks.

8 December 5 – 8 pm
9 December 3 – 8 pm

Unit 14 and 17, Block C
Juno Way
New Cross
SE14 5RW

RSVP via facebook




Tatiana Baskakova – Nunhead Art Trail

7DOLXYou are warmly invited to join us for a show of Tatiana Baskakova‘s new art work during Nunhead Art Trail, which is this weekend 23-24 September.

Tatiana have been looking at ideas of localism and belonging though sports, and developing ceramics work in reflection to that. For the show Tatiana will present a set of ceramic objects that are modelled on circuit training routine in local amateur boxing club where she trains recreationally, alongside them will be a set of new plates that is an early take on the aesthetics of boxing as a field of achievement.

Set of blue toys collected around SE14 postcode area, pale terracotta sketches that could be pottery but hold no function, Mercury Way postcard for a back street in New Cross and its promise of prosperity.  Local debris, historical finds and attempts at making local history though micro-statements.

Some examples of work from the Ceramics Studio Co-op will be available for purchase.

Tatiana Baskakova Tatiana Baskakova



Miyu Kurihara at Tent London and Ceramics in the City


Come and see work by  Miyu Kurihara at Tent London and Ceramics in the City. We love Miyu’s practice and proud to have her as a studio resident. Ceramics in the City is a great opportunity to buy work and you would not regret having one of the beautiful hand-decorated pieces

Miyu Kurihara is a Japanese artist who makes hand-painted ceramics. All pieces are made by hand and individually drawn with intricate detail. Miyu learned brush techniques and textile design in Japan and London, and has incorporated these skills into her work with ceramic materials.The design of the ceramics is inspired by both Japanese kimono and blue and white porcelain designs.


– Ceramics in the city 2017

The Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London E2 8EA
21 September 6 – 8.30pm (open evening),
22 September – 24 September 10am – 5pm

– TENT London

Old Truman Brewery
26 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR
21 September 10am-7pm
22 September 10am-7pm 
23 September 11am-6pm
24 September 11am-6pm

New People’s Pottery Class – Thursday Evening

We are happy to announce that we will run new People’s Pottery Class sessions on Thursday evening, which is now open for bookings. The class will be run by Lenka Kalafutova, ceramics artist and maker. Currently Lenka runs successful and popular Ceramics Studio Co-op throwing on potter’s wheel sessions.

Lenka’s practice involves slab building, tile making, street art and print, and we look forward to see where she will take her first People’s Pottery group.

More information about Lenka is in her studio profile.



Bleach Me Project Launch 1/08/17

Ceramicist Lenka Kalafutova, poet and DJ Adae and graphic designer Dusan Kacan would like to invite you to the launch of their collaborative project ‘Bleach me’ hosted by Theatre Royal Stratford East on Tuesday the 1st of August at 7.30 pm at Gerry’s Kitchen.

It is a multidisciplinary project combining large ceramic tile murals, audiovisual projection and poetry. Bleach Me Project addresses issues surrounding systemic racism by flipping the script on the usual skin bleaching conversation. Four large ceramic tile murals will be accompanied by audio video projection and performance by Adae and guest artists.

Bleach Me Project Lenka Kalafutova

Bleach Me Project

This is a multidisciplinary art project that addresses issues surrounding systemic racism by flipping the script on the usual skin bleaching conversation. Instead of focusing on the regular topics, which tend to be dominated by shaming people for bleaching, we are choosing instead to interrogate colonial histories and challenge why people have these detrimental ideas in the first place.

This project, ‘Bleach Me’, combines four large ceramic tile murals, audio-visual projection and poetry. It is a collaboration between Ceramicist- Lenka Kalafutova, who conceptualized the original idea and created the tile murals, Poet & Lyricist- Adae, who wrote and performed the poem in the video and Graphic Designer- Dusan Kacan, who we worked with to create the sound and video for the project.

The initial idea for the project stemmed from a casual conversation at work between Adae and I. What was interesting was how little we knew of each other’s lived experiences, even though our very existences as queer people challenged the status quo in both of our native countries. General education in Slovakia was never focused on colonial history let alone challenging Western versions of African history. Combined with the fact that very few Black/African people actually passed through Slovakia until recently, this meant I had very little context for Anti- Black Racism outside of western television; which was why the concept of skin bleaching was such a surprising one

At the time I was working with black clay that I’d treated with white underglaze to achieve different colour tones. The associations between the black clay with skin and white underglaze with bleaching products quickly became clear and after much research, the project began to take shape. I created four large ceramic tile murals that work as a story that depicts the bleaching process. The murals show a portrait of a West African person and the viewer watches the face slowly disappear into a white background. In the last mural the stencilled portrait is replaced with an audio-visual projection in which the poet makes the mural comes alive.

The sound for the video was made by deconstructing the voice of the poet performing the poem and by breaking the poem down into words and rhymes.

The poem is also imprinted on ceramic tiles that visitors can purchase to take home.

The four murals are purposefully hung on rolling structures for accessibility reasons. We do not want to be limited by ‘typical’ art spaces and want to be able to bring the project to people.

London, UK, 2016/2017

Lenka Kalafutova had been making her work in Ceramics Studio Co-op since October 2014. She graduated from an MA in Culture studies in her home country of Slovakia and MA in Fine Art in Middlesex University in London. Lenka uses the medium of ceramics to explore gender, race and queer culture, mostly focusing on tile-making and screen printing. In her art projects she collaborates with artists from other disciplines and community groups using medium of ceramics to tell stories.

Friday Late at Victoria and Albert Museum – Hack. Make. Create – Free workshop


Hack. Make. Create – 28 July 2017

We will be running a clay workshop at Victoria and Albert Museum on 28 July 2017 at the Art Studio in Sackler Centre for arts education.

Join us to make collectively, explore other fantastic maker-spaces, and see ceramics made in the studio by the team of our resident artists.

Check the full programme for the day here.

More than the hobbyists’ pursuit, maker communities are disrupting manufacturing. Shared spaces offer a new amalgam of craft, industry and technology, where both tools and knowledge are pooled. Join London’s maker spaces to resist mass production and uncover how hacked machines and open source design are changing the way we make and live. Explore production process and question whether this a sustainable movement?

Friday Late is FREE and drop in
Last Friday in every month (except May & December)

All events are free and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will take place throughout the evening.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.


Arse Vase – HIV charity project

Arse Vase

We are very happy to share that Fredrik Andersson aka FreddeLanka have joined a group of resident artists at Ceramics Studio Co-op, and working very hard on the new commissions.

One of them is inspiring and funny project with Wieden+Kennedy, the Arse Vase that is started to raise some much-needed money and awareness for Positive East, an east London charity who provide support for those affected by HIV. Check out ArseVase website, it will make a perfect present.


The Cooperative Economy 2017

Cooperatives UK video on coop economy is featuring Ceramics Studio Co-op and it’s members. We are proud to be a part of it among other 7 worker coops and some consumer coops. See if you spot familiar faces, and have a read of the Cooperative Economy report!

There’s a point at which we need to say that enough is enough. People’s working lives are more precarious than ever. Local communities feel out of control. Home ownership is at 1980s levels. A growing split between the have and have nots is dividing Britain.

This report and open data set shows that there are nearly 7,000 organisations across the UK that are trying to reimagine the economy. They are co-operatives, working in everything from dairy to digital, and they are giving people more control over the things that matter to them – their work, homes and local areas. It’s time to reimagine the economy. It’s time to co-operate.