This week’s Meet the Maker is Elizabeth Macneal from Limehouse Ceramics
. As suggested by her business name, her studio is in Limehouse, East London. She has come a long way since her days as a Management Consultant. You will find her unique ceramics in our pop-up shop until 7 May.
Hi Elizabeth, tell us a bit about yourself
I make ceramics in the little shed at the bottom of my garden in Limehouse, East London. I used to work as a Management Consultant, but I really missed doing something more creative and had always dreamed of setting up my own business. My Great-Aunt is a potter, and after doing an evening class I was hooked! As well as making ceramics, I am also a writer – I won a scholarship to study on the Creative Writing MA at UEA.
What is your favourite thing about being a potter?
This is a tough one! I absolutely love throwing, particularly due to the idea that I can turn a lump of earth into any shape I want. Throwing vases is particularly liberating, as there are so few restrictions in shape. At the same time, absolutely nothing beats seeing somebody tag me in a photo of my ceramics in their new home – I feel such a sense of pride that I made something which they now love and look at / use every day!
What are your future plans?
The success of my ceramics has been incredible, and in a way it has really taken me by surprise! I’m going to be appearing at a lot more markets – which is great as I love meeting my customers. I will also likely take up a few more retail opportunities – as of January this year, I’m now stocked in five shops. I’m also hoping to start running classes soon. One day, I would love to own a shop, shared studio and cafe.