Richenda MacGregor Creative Director Richenda Macgregor is the creative director of studio 45.  A potter for 25 years, she also spent several years running a teaching centre for ceramics.  Richenda is passionate about Making and passionate about ceramics in general.  Constantly learning, this quality of engagement is reflected in her enthusiasm and thorough teaching style.  She has successfully trained 4 apprentices over recent years and teaches and facilitates at Schumacher College.  Studio 45 is the culmination of a long held vision finally coming to fruition.  Richenda lives in Dartington with her partner Andrew and makes porcelain thrown ware in the ‘shed’ at the bottom of the garden. “It is important for us to begin to investigate our heritage and to discover or rediscover the materials that are left unused on our doorstep.  So much of the raw materials Artists and Craftspeople use has travelled unnecessarily or has been mined in atrocious working conditions.  We re-empower ourselves when we change our working practice to include local materials harvested sustainably and begin to produce work indigenous to the environment and place we live in.”  (Richenda) 

Richenda MacGregor

Creative Director

Richenda Macgregor is the creative director of studio 45.  A potter for 25 years, she also spent several years running a teaching centre for ceramics.  Richenda is passionate about Making and passionate about ceramics in general.  Constantly learning, this quality of engagement is reflected in her enthusiasm and thorough teaching style.  She has successfully trained 4 apprentices over recent years and teaches and facilitates at Schumacher College.  Studio 45 is the culmination of a long held vision finally coming to fruition.  Richenda lives in Dartington with her partner Andrew and makes porcelain thrown ware in the ‘shed’ at the bottom of the garden.

“It is important for us to begin to investigate our heritage and to discover or rediscover the materials that are left unused on our doorstep.  So much of the raw materials Artists and Craftspeople use has travelled unnecessarily or has been mined in atrocious working conditions.  We re-empower ourselves when we change our working practice to include local materials harvested sustainably and begin to produce work indigenous to the environment and place we live in.”  (Richenda) 

Mel Chambers Partner - Operations, Marketing & Teacher Mel Chambers is a self-taught Artist and Sculptress living in Cornwall and a former apprentice to Richenda Macgregor. As well as a regular teacher at Studio 45 she also looks after the Operations & Marketing.  She runs her own successful business called Alchemy Tiles, creating beautiful, bespoke hand crafted tiles. Inspired by the magnificent earth and ocean around us Mel is also a sculptress in her own right, working mainly in Raku. Mel also works to commission; you can view her portfolio at www.melchambers.com

Mel Chambers

Partner - Operations, Marketing & Teacher

Mel Chambers is a self-taught Artist and Sculptress living in Cornwall and a former apprentice to Richenda Macgregor. As well as a regular teacher at Studio 45 she also looks after the Operations & Marketing.  She runs her own successful business called Alchemy Tiles, creating beautiful, bespoke hand crafted tiles. Inspired by the magnificent earth and ocean around us Mel is also a sculptress in her own right, working mainly in Raku. Mel also works to commission; you can view her portfolio at www.melchambers.com

Verran Townsend Teacher & Advisor "I love to see the impact that spending time up to their elbows in clay has on all those who join our classes and workshops.  It has the same impact on me too.  Something happens which helps to calm a busy mind, relax a stressed body, release a creative spirit.  It's a curious and magical thing.  Passing on skills, and helping others to deepen their practice, finding their unique style, is always a joy." Verran is a teacher and mentor at Studio 45, and particularly enjoys making bowls.  He also likes to walk, and trains people in the art of natural and compass based navigation on Dartmoor.

Verran Townsend

Teacher & Advisor

"I love to see the impact that spending time up to their elbows in clay has on all those who join our classes and workshops.  It has the same impact on me too.  Something happens which helps to calm a busy mind, relax a stressed body, release a creative spirit.  It's a curious and magical thing.  Passing on skills, and helping others to deepen their practice, finding their unique style, is always a joy."

Verran is a teacher and mentor at Studio 45, and particularly enjoys making bowls.  He also likes to walk, and trains people in the art of natural and compass based navigation on Dartmoor.

 
Liz Ogilvie Teacher & Head Technician I trained as an art teacher, and then became a picture restorer, but running through my life has always been the thread of making. Sculpture, pottery, painting. My hands shaping clay, watching other people's hands, craft, skill, passion. The every day made a little more beautiful. I feel so lucky to be able to do this, and so lucky to watch and help others doing it too.

Liz Ogilvie

Teacher & Head Technician

I trained as an art teacher, and then became a picture restorer, but running through my life has always been the thread of making. Sculpture, pottery, painting. My hands shaping clay, watching other people's hands, craft, skill, passion. The every day made a little more beautiful. I feel so lucky to be able to do this, and so lucky to watch and help others doing it too.

Michael Martin Branding & Research Development I first became interested in making with clay when studying Ecological Design at Schumacher College here in Devon. During my studies I attended the Out of this Earth workshop where I experienced a way of making pottery that was ancient. This timeless way of making sparked my interest in the process of working with local materials and traditions that are not only ecological, they are designed to bring us into relationship with the world around us. This way of seeing and making the world has become the subject of my research and continues to influence my work. These humble handmade clay pinch pots are an expression of what it means to me to be of a place; the earth, the woods, the river and the clay beneath my feet.

Michael Martin

Branding & Research Development

I first became interested in making with clay when studying Ecological Design at Schumacher College here in Devon. During my studies I attended the Out of this Earth workshop where I experienced a way of making pottery that was ancient. This timeless way of making sparked my interest in the process of working with local materials and traditions that are not only ecological, they are designed to bring us into relationship with the world around us. This way of seeing and making the world has become the subject of my research and continues to influence my work. These humble handmade clay pinch pots are an expression of what it means to me to be of a place; the earth, the woods, the river and the clay beneath my feet.

Jo Gaddes Administration Joanna comes from a background of IT and project management so is used to getting things organised! Only a recent addition to the team she now manages course enquiries, bookings & the 'books'. Not a hands on potter yet (maybe its just a matter of time?) her main passions are working with green wood and exploring the great outdoors with her dog & family.

Jo Gaddes

Administration

Joanna comes from a background of IT and project management so is used to getting things organised! Only a recent addition to the team she now manages course enquiries, bookings & the 'books'. Not a hands on potter yet (maybe its just a matter of time?) her main passions are working with green wood and exploring the great outdoors with her dog & family.