ABOUT

Our ambition at Make North is to build a thriving collective of northern makers and work with them to develop projects and events, allowing us to play an active role in the community. We currently offer a program of pottery courses, alongside membership to allow people to develop projects at their own pace.

We have a 3yr lease on the former Saul Street Clinic, just minutes from Preston bus station and close to the train station. The building is fully wheelchair accessible and we have onsite parking for twenty cars.

This quiet sunny space lends itself perfectly to pottery facilities and studios.

 

Make North is being spearheaded by Louise Smith. Louise grew up in Preston and graduated from a degree in Ceramics, Metal and Print in 2007.

After working in arts development and delivery for five years Louise moved to Edinburgh and established ‘Process Studios’, a community workshop and artist studio, which during her five years as managing director saw over 3000 people participate in courses and over 200 professional residents start or grow their businesses. Louise handed over management of the studios in 2017 and they are now run by OOTB and Edinburgh Design School.

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I have known Louise for three and a half years as director of Process Studios ...Process Studios is a vital addition to the craft sector in Scotland providing essential facilities, support and mentoring...It is a unique model in that it takes a holistic approach to the support makers need to develop their creative practice.

The support network is invaluable especially to those early in their careers. But what makes this venture really stand out is the concern for quality of work and professionalism
— Fiona Logue, Director of Craft Scotland (the national development body for craft in Scotland)
 

As managing director of Process Studios Louise developed a number of long-term partnerships with community groups and higher education, working with these partners to deliver regular projects. Louise sat on the Craft Scotland steering group 'Innovation in Craft Education', the selection panels for the Edinburgh Science Festival ‘Mini Maker Fair’ and the NESTA Enterprise program 'Starter for 6'.

Louise organised and curated a number of pop-up selling-shows.

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I have been consistently inspired by Louise’s commitment and drive building and developing Process Studios. Through her work she has successfully amplified the impact and value of craft..

To build an organisation from scratch as Louise has you have to be incredibly motivated, have unwavering vision and possess resilience and tenacity in quantity. Louise has inner drive and determination that has seen Process Studios grow and develop over the years.
— Janine Matheson, Director of Creative Edinburgh
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Most recently Louise was employed as development and programming lead for Kindred Studios in London, working on their new engagement and learning programs. Louise moved back ‘home’ to Preston in February.

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