UPDATE JULY 12th 2021
We are moving out of our premises at the end of August, but hope to continue supporting members working from home, by firing pots, hiring-out our wheels and arranging tuition for individuals or groups.
We are exploring all options to allow us to get through the next 6months and reopen next year.
We are still firing work and running a few workshops throughout July and August, if you are interested please email email@example.com
Make North was established in August 2019, in Preston City centre, as a community maker-space, where members could access facilities such as pottery wheels and print benches, as well as attending formal courses. Seven months after opening Covid-19 struck, and so we launched a home-pottery service and spent the next 15months delivering clay to member’s doorsteps, then collecting their pots to glaze and fire. Over 120 households participated.
As it has for for many the past 15months have been tough for us and then as restrictions started to ease and we were able to welcome people back into the studio for courses, we've found that we have been incredibly quiet.
Frustratingly we are slightly too new to be eligible for Cultural Recovery funding, which requires businesses to have been registered with companies house by March 2019 (we registered in May 2019) and we were slightly too small for a Leisure and Retail Grant. We're currently falling short of covering our overheads and this lack of financial support coupled with ongoing uncertainty over Covid has left us with no choice but close.
After surviving the lockdowns, in large part thanks to the enthusiastic and generous support of our members, it is with great sadness that we've taken this decision. We have been offered free storage for our equipment and very much hope to be able to reopen at some point in 2022.
Louise Smith, managing director
Louise grew up in Preston and has worked in community arts for years, including projects across Lancashire, and understands first-hand the lack of opportunities to participate in the arts in many parts of the north. After living and working in Edinburgh for six-years and London for two, Louise moved back to Preston to establish Make North. Community is very much at the heart of Make North, as is creating opportunities for young people, and Louise has worked with many youth and comunity groups and schools to deliver projects.
Micaela Schoop, tutor
Micaela’s ceramics range from biomorphic sculptures to traditional pottery using a variety of different clay bodies, decorating techniques and glazes. While she wheel throws some of her functional work she is mainly a ‘hand-builder’ who particularly likes coiling techniques. All of her work is strongly linked through distinctive elaborate surface patterning and decoration.
“I draw my inspiration from researched historical and world patterns which are combined with techniques and styles taken from recognisable international and historical ceramic traditions. To these I often add modern visual codes of communication. My intention is to sensitively fuse these diverse elements to create ceramics which question assumptions about cultural identities within the context of multiculturalism.”
Professional highlights include:
Potfest in the Park 2020
York Ceramics Fair 2019
Earth & Fire 2019
Shortlisted for the Emerging Makers Award at the International Ceramics Fair in Aberystwyth 2019
Fellowship Award in Ceramics and an AA2A Residency 2019
MA in Ceramics with Distinction from the University of Central Lancashire 2018
Katie Timson, tutor
Katie makes thrown and hand-built stoneware vessels, alongside porcelain jewellery, using a combination of clay bodies and glazes that she has devised through a lot of experimentation. Her pieces are fired in either an electric or gas reduction kiln depending on the desired finish. Katie specialized in ceramics in the last year and a half of her degree and then continued on to an MA in Ceramics. Following graduation, she was awarded a residency at her university as part of the Artists Access to Art Colleges residency scheme. She sells her work online, through shops and galleries around the country and at various shows and fairs too.
"I enjoy walking and find myself collecting all manner of objects that I find interesting or beautiful, such as feathers, bird eggshells, rocks, pebbles, seaglass and seedheads. Their natural patterns, colours and texture provide inspiration for my collections of functional and decorative vessels which record walks through different landscapes".
Professional highlights include:
Ceramic Review, Issue 301 (January/February 2020): 'One to Watch'
Country Living Magazine (April 2020), Artist Feature: ‘Trading on Eggshells’
‘Best New Business’ Award - Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival: 2019
Group residencies at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary: 2018 and 2016
Art in Clay, Hatfield
Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival
Earth and Fire International Ceramics Fair
Hepworth Wakefield Ceramics Fair
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Made by Hand, Cheltenham
Christine Cherry, tutor
Christine started her journey into ceramics over 30 years ago, at college in Stoke-on-Trent, learning skills under tutors John Weber and Derek Emms and Neil Malkin. After gaining an honors degree in design Christine's career path moved into teaching and she worked as a Primary School Teacher for over 25 years.
"I loved my teaching job with its rewards...and challenges! However, more recently, I felt it was time for me to leave teaching and return to creating. So here I am, over 30 years after completing my ceramics degree, finally taking the plunge and starting a new adventure. I create two kinds of ceramic ware. My carved series is of slip-cast Parian Porcelain and my stoneware range is thrown on a pottery wheel, turned and finished, then decorated using a variety of glazes and techniques."