OUR HISTORY

Louise Smith opened Make North 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 taught by our resident-artists Christine, Katie and Micaela. Seven months after launch our membership had grown to over 80 members and 100's of people had participated in courses, then Covid-19 closed our doors. In response we launched a home-pottery service and spent 15months delivering clay to member’s doorsteps and collecting their pots to glaze and fire, over 120 households participated, with all ages taking part.

As it has for many the pandemic has been tough for us and we were too new to be eligible for government 'cultural recovery' funding and so after a long period of not covering costs and with ongoing uncertainty over Covid, we took the decision in July to close. 

 

We survived the lockdowns thanks to the enthusiastic and generous support of our members, we are incredibly grateful and hope we can find a solution to reopen soon!

OUR TEAM

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 five-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 community groups and schools to deliver projects.

Read more about Louise here

Micaela Schoop, tutor

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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

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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

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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."