Clapham Pottery halfway to raising money needed to purchase their building


The pottery aim to purchase The Old Chapel from Lambeth Council.


By Chidi Ogundu

Clapham Pottery has begun procedures to buy back The Old Chapel from Lambeth Council to continue their popular pottery courses.

So far, over £84,000 has been raised thanks to friends of Clapham Pottery and the local community, without which the enterprise that offers a creative outlet would have been forced to shut down.

The non-profit community pottery runs courses for all ages and abilities throughout the year with over 200 students each week. Clapham Pottery offers an inclusive learning environment for students to explore a range of ceramic processes including hand building, sculpture, throwing on the wheel, glazing and firing.

Naine Woodrow, Co-ordinator of Clapham Pottery, has witnessed people of all abilities create stunning pieces of artwork.

 “Clapham Pottery is a place where people can realise their own creative potential and are often very surprised at their own creativity,” she said.

However the pottery still needs to raise £175,000 to get full ownership of the building. When that happens, they can continue to provide an inclusive and open learning environment for people to learn and create with clay.

For more information about Clapham Pottery or donating, visit or email [email protected].  

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