I'm very pleased to announce that my brother Lewis is joining the team at Turning Earth. He's been hanging around the side lines since long before we opened - giving me advice over supper, making the canapes for our crowdfund launch, and generally marshalling the troops whenever I needed them marshalled.
And we're finally in the position where he can come on board full-time. First he will be learning the ropes, and then he will be bringing his considerable management skills into the studio to improve all of our processes. It's been a natural evolution and we are very lucky that we have the kind of relationship that enables us to work together on a shared vision.
I'm sure our members will see over the coming months that Lewis can take the helm of the ship and lead in his own right. He comes to us from Bupa Home Healthcare, where he was first a nurse and then a manager and clinical trainer. During his role there he used to administer chemotherapy and to care for people in their final hours. This background means he is adept at managing technical details at the highest level of responsibility while supporting people at a very human level. He is passionate about developing a warm and inclusive community culture at the studio while delivering a structured approach to management and compliance - and at 18 months old, that's exactly what Turning Earth needs.
Lewis will be working closely with our suppliers at Potclays in Stoke-on-Trent, and our team in the studio, to use their expertise to develop the facilities and the technical services that are offered at Turning Earth. The world of ceramics is fortunately as familiar to him as it was to me when we opened - growing up as we did in our mother's home studio, we were both pretty much gestated in a kiln.
Welcome to the team, Lewis!
Photo: Sabrina Dallot-Seguro