Urban Potters: Makers in the City

Ludion publishes a new book about the revival of ceramics in the cities London, Copenhagen, New York, Sao Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo

Clay is back: the age-old craft of ceramics is being embraced by a new generation of urban makers and collectors. After decades of what once seemed like the heroic achievements of standardization and mass-manufacturing, we are now “returning to earth”. In an age when we devote so much of our time to devouring digital information and imagery on screens, it’s inevitable that the spontaneity of craftsmanship seem increasingly appealing. And there’s certainly something in the ‘returning to earth’ that makes clay very appealing in times of endless innovation and uncertainty. Combine this with the increasingly sanitised nature of city living and it seems that people just want to get their hands dirty.

In this book, author Katie Treggiden explores the contemporary revival of pottery, focusing on six inspiring cities and their makers. 28 young and passionate ceramicists in New York, London, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Sydney and Sao Paulo introduce us to their work, their studios and their inspiration. Urban Potters: Makers in the City, published by Ludion, is a book for a broad audience – not only those who practice pottery themselves, but anyone who is interested in the handmade. The book also includes a practical source list of places to buy handmade ceramics in the six cities featured. 

List of potters:   

  • Helen Levi
  • Mondays
  • Nathalie Weinberger
  • Josephine Heilpern
  • Romy Northover
  • Shino Takeda


  • Florian Gadsby
  • Barry Stedman
  • Matthew Warner
  • Nicola Tassie


  • Anders Arhoj
  • Ditte Fischer
  • Inge Vincents
  • Tina Marie Bentsen


  • Erica Suzuki
  • Morita Haruna
  • Yukiharu Kumagai
  • Miki Furusho


  • Alana Wilson
  • Keiko Matsui
  • Tara Burke
  • Hayden Youlley

Sao Paulo

  • Fernanda Giaccio
  • Heloisa Galvao
  • Sofia Oliveira
  • Yara Fukimoto


Katie Treggiden is a design writer, editor and curator. With more than 15 years experience in the creative industries, she has established herself as one of the most professional, insightful and trusted journalists in design. Treggiden writes for the Guardian Magazine, the Telegraph Magazine, Elle Decoration and Icon, among others, and is the author of Makers of East London and of The Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate, and the founding editor of biannual independent design magazine Fiera. 

Ruth Ruyffelaere is editor at Ludion, publisher of art books and artists’ editions based in Antwerp. She has previously worked as a publisher of illustrated literature and children’s books.
Micha Pycke is a communications and PR specialist working in the field of art, design and architecture. Both are passionate about ceramics and, more generally, about handmade creations.

Ludion is an independent publisher of art books and artists’ prints. Founded twenty-five years ago in Ghent by the historian Peter Ruyffelaere, Ludion quickly became a benchmark in the field of high-quality art publications. Ludion adhere firmly to the motto that ‘less is more’: instead of bombarding the market, they maintain a modest and well-tended list, to which they can give our total support. Ludion releases no more than a dozen new titles a year.

Urban Potters: Makers in the City
Author Katie Treggiden – Eds. Micha Pycke/Ruth Ruyffelaere
Published by Ludion
Price 35 € 
Isbn 978-94-9181-970-4
26,5 x 21,5 cm
Publication date: September 2017

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