I might be biased because I share a studio with them, but The Amazings is a fantastic startup with a creative and socially-aware bent. They offer classes, courses and workshops on subjects as diverse as woodworking, philosophy and bike maintenance, and all the teachers are 50-plus elders with amazing life experience.
Last month I went along to one of their classes – a hand-built clay pot taught by Amazing Lesley, held in her workshop right here in Stoke Newington.
It was a lovely intimate class and the evening sped by so quickly. Lesley was great to spend time with; knowledgable about her craft and full of interesting stories.
After a bit of deliberating, I decided to make a little stout pot with a face on. I had fun trying out all the different stamps to make embossed patterns round the edges, and had help from Lesley getting his nose and ears stuck securely on.
I left my little man pot with Lesley to be glazed and fired, along with the rest of the class’s work. She encouraged us to be really creative and try making anything we could imagine, hence the diversity in the class’s final output.
I just got him back a couple of weeks ago. Isn’t he brilliant?! I think it he looks very at home on my mantelpiece with a jazzy plant hairdo.
I’ve got so many ideas of other thing I’d like to try and make, so I might be booking in more time with Lesley soon.
The Amazings are now branching into online content to allow people outside of London to take part in their wonderful enterprise, so pop over to the site and see if any of the craft class videos take your fancy. You can get your first online class totally free if you follow this link!