What is Fettle Studio?

Fettle Studio was set up by architect Lydia Johnson in 2018 to explore the making of architecture and ceramics, and the way both crafts influence each other, and often overlap.

Fettle Studio’s portfolio includes an eclectic mix of projects in both architecture and ceramics, from private homes, creative workspaces and community centres, to slip cast and hand crafted ceramics including tableware, tiles and artworks.

We are always open to discussing new projects and ideas, and can provide a range of services to suit each project and client. Please get in touch!

What’s special about Fettle Studio?

As a registered architect and practising ceramicist, Lydia established Fettle Studio with a desire to balance her love of architecture and craft with a flexible approach to professional practice. She enjoys working directly with her clients to create a design-led, personal and hands-on approach to every project, from the big idea to the little detail.

With over a decade of experience in architectural practice and a strong background in housing, regeneration and planning, Lydia has a wealth of design knowledge and practical experience. Each project is approached with personal attention, creative energy and a ‘can-do’ attitude, looking to carefully balance the brief, budget and site, to create practical, purposeful and delightful proposals that will inspire and endure.

As a ceramic artist, Lydia explores ideas of surface, texture and colour, through both functional and decorative wares. On a larger scale, her work brings together multiple individual slip-cast elements to create geometric, tessellating and colourful compositions, informed by her fascination with tactile perception.

What’s behind the name, ‘Fettle’?

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

Put simply: Good design, well crafted. Fettle Studio aims to create functional, beautiful and enjoyable works that can be appreciated everyday. In both architecture and ceramics, this level of care, consistency and know-how is applied to every project, in any scale, sector or medium.

What is Lydia’s background?

Lydia is a fully qualified, insured and registered architect with the ARB and a Chartered Member of the RIBA. She has worked for a number of firms in London and the South West, including Mæ Architects, Nash Partnership and Cube Design, with a breadth of knowledge in sectors such as housing, community, regeneration, mixed-use, conservation and school design.

In 2017-18, Lydia was a Design Studio Tutor for Unit 5 at The Cass, London Met, and continues to be a visiting critic at architecture schools such as the LSA. She is regularly involved with Grymsdyke Farm as a designer and tutor, for both architecture and ceramics.

Lydia studied both Part 2 and 3 at University of Westminster, achieving a Distinction in her Master of Architecture. Prior to this, she studied her Part 1 at UWE, Bristol, where she received a First Class Joint Honours degree in Architecture and Planning.

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Fettle Studio is the trading name for Fettle Studio Limited, a private limited company registered in England and Wales, no. 11369583