Lydia Johnson

Architect, Artist & Founder of Fettle Studio


Email: lydia@fettlestudio.co.uk
Instagram: @fettlestudio


Fettle Studio at the Clay Collective
Studio 1.1, Hackney Downs Studios
17, Amhurst Terrace, London, E8 2BT
Architect Lydia Johnson established Fettle Studio in 2018, as a small creative venture to pursue opportunities for design and making between architecture and ceramics.

Fettle Studio undertakes small architectural works from private home extensions and loft conversions, to community and arts projects. Lydia also designs and makes ceramic products and graphic designs for interiors and homewares. Her multidisciplinary approach to architecture and art has also involved developing urban design strategies, exhibition curation and public art commissions.

Lydia has been an architectural practioner for over a decade, specialising in housing, arts and community projects, at practices such as Cube Design in the New Forest, Nash Partnership in Bath and Mae Architects and Citizens Design Bureau in London. At Fettle Studio, she has developed a number of private architectural commissions, from domestic home extensions to community centre refurbishments - for more information, see Projects.

At her artist studio at the Clay Collective in Hackney Downs, she works with clay and plaster to create slip-cast and handbuilt pieces which are both functional and architectural. She works between scales, from the individual hand-held cup, to multi-piece tessellating artworks and interior splashbacks, up to urban public art. 

From September 2019 to February 2020, she co-curated a major exhibition with the Building Centre, entitled Hand Held to Super Scale: Building wth Ceramics, which featured her own work alongside other master makers and architects, and an events programme featuring renowned artists Grayson Perry, Kate Malone, Rich Miller and others.

Originally from the New Forest, Lydia undertook her studies at UWE Bristol and University of Westminster, London. Lydia has been a tutor and visiting critic for a number of architecture schools, including London Metropolitan University in 2017-18 where she taught Unit 5 with Mae Architects, the London School of Architecture, and The Bartlett UCL, most recently as a BioID thesis tutor researching porous ceramics through 2020. She regularly collaborates with Grymsdyke Farm, an architectural and material research facility in the Chilterns, running workshops and prototyping new work.

Lydia is also an architect and product designer at Citizens Design Bureau. Here she puts her passion into practice as part of an award-winning, collaborative team, developing products, installations and creative design processes, alongside architectural projects in community, housing and arts.

ˈfɛt(ə)l  condition. Eg. To be in ‘fine fettle’
trim or clean the rough edges of a piece of pottery (or a metal casting) before firing.

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