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 based on the beautiful Helford River near Falmouth in Cornwall. As well as being the creator of Alchemy Tiles, she is also a painter, a sculptress and a Partner at Studio 45 looking after the Operations, Marketing and Business development.  She has worked alongside some inspiring mentors in Devon including Richenda Macgregor (The Potting Shed, now Studio 45) and Iris Milward (Poetry Tiles). Combined with her background in business, permaculture, teaching and presenting she has developed as an artist and sculptress in her own right and travels extensively to shows and galleries across the UK. You can view her portfolio at  www.melchambers.com

Mel Chambers

Partner - Operations, Marketing & Teacher

Mel Chambers is a self-taught artist based on the beautiful Helford River near Falmouth in Cornwall. As well as being the creator of Alchemy Tiles, she is also a painter, a sculptress and a Partner at Studio 45 looking after the Operations, Marketing and Business development.

She has worked alongside some inspiring mentors in Devon including Richenda Macgregor (The Potting Shed, now Studio 45) and Iris Milward (Poetry Tiles). Combined with her background in business, permaculture, teaching and presenting she has developed as an artist and sculptress in her own right and travels extensively to shows and galleries across the UK. 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.

 
Raphy Seck  Studio Manager & Teacher  I have always been a creative person but it wasn't until 2 years ago when I found clay, that it really clicked. I was impatient to get started straight away so I did a full-time apprenticeship for 6 months with a Potter on Dartmoor, where I learnt the basic of working as a studio potter. Not long after completing my apprenticeship Richenda invited me to join the team at Studio45.  I love to throw, being at the wheel is my happy place.

Raphy Seck

Studio Manager & Teacher

I have always been a creative person but it wasn't until 2 years ago when I found clay, that it really clicked. I was impatient to get started straight away so I did a full-time apprenticeship for 6 months with a Potter on Dartmoor, where I learnt the basic of working as a studio potter. Not long after completing my apprenticeship Richenda invited me to join the team at Studio45.

I love to throw, being at the wheel is my happy place.

Lucy Phillips  Teacher  I am a passionate, curious maker who dreams of handles, pots and spouts.  With a background in slip casting and mould making, I am developing a more traditional approach to ceramics through thrown tableware. Recently moving down to Devon in pursuit of wood firing, I have collaborated with Studio45 to investigate local materials. My aim is to create a more sustainable practise for the future.  I have a growing curiosity in the uncontrolled, yet partly manipulated, ways in which clay reveals its story. Through telling us its process of how it was formed, we can see what the clay has to say.  This material is captivating and I am enticed by its challenge.

Lucy Phillips

Teacher

I am a passionate, curious maker who dreams of handles, pots and spouts.

With a background in slip casting and mould making, I am developing a more traditional approach to ceramics through thrown tableware. Recently moving down to Devon in pursuit of wood firing, I have collaborated with Studio45 to investigate local materials. My aim is to create a more sustainable practise for the future.

I have a growing curiosity in the uncontrolled, yet partly manipulated, ways in which clay reveals its story. Through telling us its process of how it was formed, we can see what the clay has to say.

This material is captivating and I am enticed by its challenge.

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.

Jodie Crook-Giles  Apprentice  “I couldn’t get enough time in the studio so I became part time at work and decided to spend two days a week learning pottery. I taught myself to throw at college, and after an intense 15 year career working in community renewables, I rediscovered clay. I realised this was what was missing in my life. Creativity and continual learning are essential to me now. I’m even building myself a studio in the garden!”

Jodie Crook-Giles

Apprentice

“I couldn’t get enough time in the studio so I became part time at work and decided to spend two days a week learning pottery. I taught myself to throw at college, and after an intense 15 year career working in community renewables, I rediscovered clay. I realised this was what was missing in my life. Creativity and continual learning are essential to me now. I’m even building myself a studio in the garden!”

Alys Brooker  Teacher  'I started my love affair with Clay almost Four years ago one rainy September night on a beginners coarse with Richenda. I have always been a creative person but Since that night my passion for all things clay has grown and grown. I now enjoy being a member at S45 where I especially  love to throw though I also enjoy hand building particularly using porcelain. I am constantly surprised by the endless possibilities that working in ceramics presents to me and I am excited to see where it will take me next.... always a calmer happier place!   I love teaching, and I really hope that I can inspire a love of ceramics in others.'

Alys Brooker

Teacher

'I started my love affair with Clay almost Four years ago one rainy September night on a beginners coarse with Richenda. I have always been a creative person but Since that night my passion for all things clay has grown and grown. I now enjoy being a member at S45 where I especially  love to throw though I also enjoy hand building particularly using porcelain. I am constantly surprised by the endless possibilities that working in ceramics presents to me and I am excited to see where it will take me next.... always a calmer happier place! 

I love teaching, and I really hope that I can inspire a love of ceramics in others.'