Hempmill is the culmination of a long held dream of ours. We have always known that pots and food go together like bread and butter and now we have a chance to prove it. Our own relationship is so bound up in cooking and pottery that it’s quite hard to work out where one starts and the other begins.

Where it all began…

We met 23 years ago at Manchester Metropolitan University on the Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Glass degree course, and both specialized in ceramics in our final year. One of the core principles of the course was respect for materials, and understanding which material is best for which task. This is something we both believe on a fundamental level; to use resources carefully, sensitively and thriftily.

During the degree we also began to cook together and learn about food. Over time we have come to see that many of the principles that apply to food also apply to pottery and vice versa; respect, care, thought and appreciation are all key.
Since then we have been working towards our goal- to work for ourselves, to be true to a materials-based way of life, and make the best living we can for ourselves and our son with our collective skills.

This place is fabulous. Now we just have to live up to its potential and ours.

About The Author

Lucy studied Ceramics at Manchester before a career in ceramic restoration. She retrained as a chef at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London in 2010 and has worked as a private chef, food stylist, home economist and teacher.

She now runs informal, informative and enjoyable cookery classes for all abilities on a wide range of subjects.

About The Author

Lucy studied Ceramics at Manchester before a career in ceramic restoration. She retrained as a chef at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London in 2010 and has worked as a private chef, food stylist, home economist and teacher.

She now runs informal, informative and enjoyable cookery classes for all abilities on a wide range of subjects.

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