Fulham Road Pottery Café Celebrates 25 Years

Over a million pieces have been fired in its kilns since opening

The Pottery Cafe on Fulham Road
The Pottery Cafe on Fulham Road

May 29, 2023

The Pottery Café on Fulham Road is celebrating 25 years since it first opened it doors.

Since the ribbon was cut in 1998 by British ceramicist Emma Bridgewater it says it has fire over one million pieces.

Providing gifts that you can make yourself the concept has proven popular with local residents.

“After seeing pottery painting in the US, we saw an opportunity with Emma Bridgewater to bring that to Fulham using pottery made here in the UK,” said founder and owner of the Pottery Café, Aiden Collins.

“In the 25 years since we started, we have glazed and fired over one million pieces of pottery in our kilns in Fulham.”

The painting studio offers a wide variety of blank pottery items to choose from – most of them handmade in Stoke-on-Trent, the world capital of ceramics.

With staff on hand to give advice, and a range of tools, transforming your design idea into a uniquely crafted piece of pottery can be fun no matter your skill level.

All creations are then hand-glazed and fired onsite to make them truly shine.

The open studio seats 50 painters (£7.50 per painting person plus the cost of the pottery), with private party room available for up to 18 painters.

Pottery painters can now secure their spot this May half term and enter for a chance to win in the studio’s lucky dip.

Prizes range from free hot drinks and paint-at-home pottery kits through to a painting party for six people. The offer runs from Monday 29 May and Friday 2 June.

To book, call 020 7736 2157 or visit the café’s web site.

Emma Bridgewater is one of several famous pottery makers to have lived and work in the borough.

In Kings Road a bottle kiln, now a Grade II listed building, marks the site of the Fulham Pottery Cafe. It was founded in 1672 by John Dwight, a pioneer in English pottery known for his salt-glazed stoneware.

The Fulham Pottery kiln
The Fulham Pottery kiln. Picture: Edward X

If you want to try out pottery for yourself, you can also visit the pottery studio at the Macbeth Centre – the home of the borough’s adult learning service.

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