After a year's hiatus, Turning Earth's popular East London ceramics studios are once again opening their doors to the public over two major Winter Market events on 24/25 November and 8/9 December.
Now in it's fourth year, what was once an off-the-beaten track event involving a handful of budding artists has now become a beloved institution for the East End's community of design-lovers. 150 of London's most exciting emerging makers will sell their work from two of Turning Earth's East London centres across two weekends in the run-up to Christmas.
For the first event the studios are teaming up with Big Sky Studios in the arches next door, giving extra space for crowds and allowing them to invite back their community of 'graduates', whose businesses are now spreading across the country. It wouldn't be a Turning Earth Market without an appearance from The Turbans - back from their sell out world tour - and as usual there'll be spiced hot drinks and minced pies. Climpson will serve its world famous coffee, beans roasted around the corner in nearby Broadway Market. Turning Earth's neighbours at East London's Pavilion Cafe will be offering their delectable take on Sri Lankan street food while donating the proceeds to charity. Pavilion will be joined in its fundraising efforts by the many Turning Earth makers who donate special pieces and seconds at each event to raise money for organisations that reflect Turning Earth's vision of building a community with open arms - this year proceeds go to Help Refugees and the Hackney Migrant Centre. All electricity used to fire the kilns at Turning Earth now comes from renewable sources. The studios will encourage shoppers to play their part by asking people to bring in their old bubble wrap to be reused as packaging.