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.
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.
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.