I can hardly believe that our pop up shop is now open for business. It was only mid January when we had the first beginnings of an idea and it was only on Monday that we got the keys to the premises. Previous to that there was a huge amount of planning and preparation to do and since Monday it has been all hands to the pump cleaning and decorating ready for our first day of business on Thursday. The results of all this hard work is a great little gallery which all 12 of us are truly loving! Equally important is the feeling of camaraderie which this project has generated. The jobs to be done have been taken on willingly and happily by all and I am only aware of a sense of contentment derived from us pulling together to create something new, exciting and, in its own small way, amazing. It is extraordinary how well our work sits together. Obviously, since ten of the twelve met and trained together, we have a shared sense of values and there is a feeling of harmony within our work and yet, in addition, the City Lit Ceramics Department impressed on us the need for originality and independent thinking which now shines through the entire gallery. Quality functional ware sits comfortably side by side with contemporary vessels and sculptural work and the entire look is one seems really comfortable.
One of our visitors yesterday was Luke Bishop. he is a former graduate form Ciy Lit too and is now doing really well in the field of ceramic art. he confessed to me that he was mildly envious of our project and we chatted for a while about how it had come about. Honestly, I think if it hadn’t been for the wonderful way in which we had related to each other and supported each other through the trauma, excitement, exhaustion and sheer hard work which was the diploma, we would not be here in Camden now and I know that my life would be less rich as a result.
I am not aware of any other group graduates who have embarked on something like this but, if you are out there, please get in touch as it would be great to share our experiences.