In stock at Prufrock Coffee

From February 2020, Lydia’s Tessellating Collection will be available to purchase from Prufrock Coffee Shop on Leather Lane, alongside other work by Clay Collective makers.

Tessellating Leyton

Lydia was shortlisted with Citizens Design Bureau in the final two entries for wall-mounted public art beneath the Leyton Midland Road Station bridge, on High Road Leyton. The proposal, named Tessellating Leyton, is for a large installation of colourful, vibrant, well lit glazed ceramic tiles, involving a number of community workshops. Read more at Waltham Forest’s Making Places website.

Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics

Curated by Fettle Studio and the Building Centre
September 2019 to January 2020

Exhibition now open and looking fabulous! Check out our introductory film with Lydia of Fettle Studio and Jenny of the Building Centre and Black Shed Ceramics. And keep your eyes peeled for upcoming talks!
Image copyright: John MacLean

Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics introduced by curators Jenny Watt and Lydia Johnson
© Chris Jackson, film courtesy of the Building Centre

Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics

Curated by Fettle Studio and the Building Centre
Showing September 2019 to January 2020

This autumn the Building Centre celebrates the resurgence of ceramics in contemporary architecture, bringing together the designers, artists, manufacturers and ceramicists working on ground-breaking projects in this versatile material.

The exhibition explores a close connection between hand-held ceramic objects and large-scale urban interventions – from the glazed household items that inspire whole building facades to the manufacturers using scaled-up processes familiar to studio potters. Both traditional production methods and innovative technology are equally embraced in the show, with hand-crafted pieces sitting alongside mass ceramic production and robotic technology.

Collaboration is at the heart of the exhibition and events programme as we share the journey of unique partnerships that push boundaries and produce inspirational buildings. Newly completed projects, buildings still under construction, handmade items and classic examples of ceramics in architecture all come together to help tell the story of ceramics.

The practices and artists featured in the show range from established figures to emerging talents and includes; AHMM, Assemble, Ceràmica Cumella, Denizen Works, ECAlab, EPR Architects with ceramicist Kate Malone, Eric Parry Architects with artist Richard Deacon, FAT Architecture with Grayson Perry, Feilden Fowles, Fettle Studio, Granby Workshop, Grymsdyke Farm, Jamie Fobert Architects, Metropolitan Workshop, Penoyre & Prasad, Piercy & Co.

'Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics’ is an exhibition and associated public programme curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and Fettle Studio, a ceramics studio founded by Lydia Johnson, architect and product designer at Citizens Design Bureau. Supported by the Built Environment Trust.

Independent Ceramics Market
11th & 12th May 2019

Abney Public Hall
73a Stoke Newington Church Street
N16 0AS

Fettle Studio Interview in the AJ

Read in full on the Architects Journal website

Shortlisted for the Antepavilion Competition!

Lydia’s design has been shortlisted as one of 5 entries chosen of over 200, to design and construct an experimental structure on a rooftop site in Haggerston. Read about the shortlisted on the Architects Journal and the Architecture Foundation websites.

Grown and Thrown
Freshly made Fettle Pots are being delivered to DIY Art Shop for the Grown and Thrown Event - get a plant and a pot in one place, and spruce up your house before Spring!

Facade Tile Samples Complete
For Penoyre & Prasad’s Learning and Teaching Centre at Brunel University. These tiles have been developed over many weeks in collaboration with P&P and likely manufacturers, NBK Terracotta.

Independent Ceramics & DIY Art Market

2nd February 2019
11 - 6pm, £1 entry
Unit 8, 133 Copeland Park, Peckham, SE15 3SN

Fettle Studio in Vogue!

See the Vogue article here, and find Lydia’s early work in Turning Earth’s online gallery of makers at the E2 studio.

15th December 2018
Clay Collective Open Studio!!

Please come and visit us for a cosy, intimate look at our studio, where all the magic happens!

No big crowds, just a tailored choice of high quality handmade ceramics by independent makers, on hand to meet and greet.

Lots of sale items before Christmas!

15th December 2018
Fettle at Netil

A special selection of Fettle Studio ceramics will be available from the Clay Collective stand at Netil House Market on the 15th December.

8th and 9th December 2018
DIY Art Market and
Independent Ceramics Market
at Rich Mix, Shoreditch

Come and find some affordable Fettle Studio seconds, alongside many other artisan makers and craftspeople!

The Oasis Pop Up Shop, by Artisan & Fox
63, Hanbury St, Spitalfields, 1 Dec - 21 Dec

Made slow, to last long — this is an ethos shared by all the artisan initiatives gathering in the #TheOasisXmasPopup throughout December. We’re excited to join this extraordinary lineup of craft brands from across the globe.

From Asia to Africa, from the old city of Kabul to metropolis London, The Oasis is a gathering of some of our world’s most extraordinary contemporary craftsmanship. The store celebrates craftsmanship of new and old, be it artisan techniques with centuries of history, or innovative mechanisms by modern-day makers.

Your one-stop shop for ethical, sustainable and transparent Xmas gifts. Find us in-stores at 63 Hanbury Street, E1 5JP at London Spitalfields. From 1 Dec - 21 Dec, 10AM-7PM daily.

The Little Shop Christmas Pop Up!
101, Stoke Newington High Street

Come and support The Little Shop in Bristol... in London!

Fettle Studio has delivered a collection of beautiful works for sale at the Little Shop’s pop up on Stoke Newington High Street.

Open 6 days a week, open til 7pm, through till Christmas.

24th & 25th November 2018
Turning Earth Xmas Market!

After a year's hiatus, Turning Earth's popular East London ceramics studios are once again opening their doors to the public over two major Winter Market events with over 150 makers, plus live music and food.

Fettle Studio will be selling at the Hoxton Studio on 24/25 November!!

Grymsdyke Farm Workshops

Lydia has been involved with Grymsdyke Farm for over 6 years now, and this year has begun running slip casting and digital fabrication workshops with students of architecture.

Architecture schools include: University of Pennsylvania as part of the AA visiting programme, and the Bartlett.

Fettle Studio’s Online Shop

The shop is now open! Gradually filling up with the expanding Tessellating Collection, including more colour options, plus other works such as Fettle Pots.
Visit the shop here.

Tessellating Collection

From coffee cups to water jugs, this tableware set is both functional and playful, with each set of slip-cast ceramic pieces tessellating together in geometric patterns, and nesting inside each other.

Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre

Fettle Studio’s proposals for refurbishment and extension of this local community asset have been submitted for Planning. The decision is due in November, and work on site expected to start late 2019.

View the project here.

September 25th 2018
Archipreneurialists Talk

Lydia was invited to speak at RIBA South East London Architects’ event, ‘Archipreneurialists’, to share how she has developed as a ceramicist, alongside her career in architecture.

Thanks to everyone who attended the event at the RIBA Forum. Some great conversations had afterwards, and great to meet new people.

September 2018
Sudbury submitted for Planning

Planning submission is ready for first major Fettle Studio project!

Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre refurbishment and extension is a very worthwhile project which will make a substantial difference to many people's daily lives in the local community. Featuring full internal reconfiguration of the existing facilities, a new welcoming entrance and cafe, and a beautiful timber framed garden room.

Fettle Studio have been very happy to act as Design Lead for this long standing client, with Camberwell & Metropolitan as Project Lead and Planning Consultant.

August 2018
Fettle Studio is shortlisted for the V&A’s Door to Design workshops

The V&A were looking for an artist to design and run 10 workshops with KS2 students, inspired by the architecture of the new courtyard and extension, culminating in a Family Day and Exhibition at the Sackler Centre in Summer 2019.

Lydia’s proposal for clay workshops, inspired by the textures and geometries of the V&A, working from small scale 2D mosaics, up to large 3D tessellating collaborative artworks, reached interview stage and was highly commended.

July 2018
Lydia joins the Clay Collective

As of July 2018, Lydia is one of the twelve members of the Clay Collective, based in Hackney Downs Studios. The group is running Beginner Clay Workshops through July and August - be sure to sign up quickly before they sell out!
Visit www.clay-collective.com to find out more!

11th May to the 6th June 2018
Fettle Studio in Exhibition!

An exciting moment in Fettle's first year - Lydia's full Tessellating Cups collection, plus Manhattan Dishes and Tableware, will be on display at Thrown Contemporary gallery for the month. This includes some very special wall hung pieces, that bring together the varied glazes and interlocking form of tessellating cups to create continuous arrays of colour, depth and light, to stand back and enjoy.

18th March 2018
Ceramics Market, Barbican Conservatory

Lydia will take her Fettle Studio wares to an exciting exhibition and market at the Barbican Conservatory in London, as part of Barbican Open Fest! https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/barbican-openfest-markets

January 2018
Fettle Studio launched!

2018 sees the establishment of Lydia's new professional outlet for her ceramics and small-scale architectural works, ahead of some exciting new projects coming this year!

October 2017
Lydia fully qualifies as an Architect!

During her time at Mæ, Lydia has been really happy to be a key member of the Grahame Park Regeneration team, the largest project in the office, developing a strategy for 2000+ homes in Barnet, and detailing design and full planning application for 1000 of them. This project, plus Brentford Lock West Phase 2, comprised her extensive Case Study for Part III at University of Westminster.

October 2016
RIBA Life of Clay Exhibition

My early ceramics work is being shown as part of an exciting exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects, open 18th October to 27th November, alongside many other fascinating experiments and fabrications in clay by other professional makers and students of Grymsdyke Farm.


September 2016
Autumn Sale at Turning Earth

Another great Turning Earth Sale! Thanks for all the attention given to my tessellating cups, wobble pots and hand built bowls and plates. Spot my little stall in the middle there!!

June 2016
Summer Sale at Turning Earth

(photo by Arthur Rummel)

Christmas 2015
Please join us for our Winter Sale

My first market with Turning Earth Ceramics Studio!!

5th and 6th December, just off Kingsland Road in Hoxton, with nearly 50 makers selling their beautiful handmade wares. We are part of Small Business Saturday!!
We also have mulled wine, music, food, and lots of festive spirit!!

Spring 2015
Ceramics Start Up

As a new studio member of Turning Earth Ceramics, experimentation and production in slip cast stoneware has begun once again in earnest!

December 2014
Foxglove Street completed

Final completion photographs taken. The project has now been built out and finished internally, with the construction managed by the client. Property to be sold with planning permission for the rear extension.

November 2014
Part of the Grymsdyke Farm Community

Lydia is part of the Grymsdyke Community, showcasing the use of the farm's workshops and facilities in her Master of Architecture Part 2 projects, and embracing the creative and collaborative nature of working and living at the farm.
See the website here www.grymsdykefarm.com

October 2014 Hexacones featured in 'Garden Sculptures' article. See the article here.

The team project Hexacones, designed, created and assembled at Grymsdyke Farm, has been featured as part of an article by online design magazine 'Homify'.

September 2014
On Site Accounts: Farfield Cottage and the Alcan Site Regeneration, Complete

A short tour of Somerset visiting now completed projects from my time at Nash Partnership: firstly, the modest and delicately treated stone extension of Farfield Cottage, internally balancing the rustic charm of characterful features like exposed oak beams, painted stonework and deeply punched windows, with the light, contemporary feel of a stylish, functional home, with internal glazed openings, large sliding doors to the garden, and well organised kitchen complete with Belfast sink, open shelving and Smeg fridge.

Secondly the regeneration of the Alcan Factory site was a pleasant surprise without prominent visibility of excessive value engineering. The scheme provides 170 new dwellings as part of a future-proofed layout providing parks, community center, central avenue and mews courtyards, influenced by and linking into the existing area. It was a pleasure to see dwellings being lived in; neighbours chatting over garden walls (really!), homeowners tending their young front gardens, the occasional plant pot enjoying a south-facing balcony, a comfy chair positioned in an upper floor bay window, children chasing each other in the paved parking courts, overlooked by residents from their kitchen windows in the surrounding flats, and the live/work units in use by a number of small independent businesses. Let the construction continue at the lower end of the site, whilst the trees on the avenue grow necessarily taller, and we will judge again next year.

August 2014
Back on the Farm

Working at Grymsdyke Farm, assisting and supervising Bartlett GAD students in the fabrication of full scale structural models for their final projects. From the creation, firing, glazing and installation of clay polygon tiles on a Catalan-style shell structure, to the assembly of laser cut fabric formwork to create a triangulated concrete structure to stand 2m tall.

August 2014
Grymsdyke Farm in the Guardian

The Banquet Pavilion and Hexacones receive minor mentions, as well as the ground breaking work of recyclable, programmable formwork through the development of clay robotics:

'The place has seen groups of students come and go, taking part in communal workshops that have an ad hoc, collective feel, with a faint air of the rural revels of Victorian arts and crafts guilds. “Food is really important,” grins Lee, walking into the walled kitchen garden where students built a 60-person banqueting table last year, barbecue pits cast into its concrete top – and a space to spit-roast a hog in the middle. Elsewhere on the farm there is a catenary arch of handmade clay bricks, dug up from the field, and a wall-size origami metal screen, as well as what was once a curious honeycomb-igloo of hexagonal plaster tiles, now an even stranger ruin, destroyed by inquisitive sheep.'

July 2014
Part 2 Master of Architecture

Graduated in June 2014 from University of Westminster, with Distinction

June 2014
The Manhattan Tea House project

Featured in BD magazine online, June 2014, 'Student Shows, University of Westminster'

June 2014
Louisa Guinness Exhibition Stand constructed

A collaboration with set designer and prop stylist, Sam Barbic.
The exhibition stand features at Design Miami/Basel through June, and is later expected to appear at PAD London.

April 2014
Launch of the Refurbished Southwark Pensioners Centre

As sole designer of the refurbishment works to Southwark Pensioners Centre, the launch of the updated facility was a proud afternoon. With a complete internal redecoration, new flooring, furniture and fittings, the feedback from the community was exceptionally positive and thankful, as were comments from the local MPs and trustees in attendance.
As a charity organisation, Southwark Pensioners Centre is a crucial part of many people's lives in the neighbourhood, always busy with activites, events and classes, and provides a much needed support system and friendship to local over 50s. To be able to help such a large number of people with a refreshed facility, through creative collaboration and simple but complimentary design ideas, has been a very fulfilling and rewarding process. Personally managed and realised over only a matter of months, the centre is now able to support the people and activites the charity is aiming for, in a productive and efficient manner, within a more comfortable, enlivened and pleasurable environment.

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