IN CLEY was founded in 1984. The four founder members, (Wolf, Gunhild,
Barbara and Quay) came from Germany, Britain and the USA. We had all met
while studying Germany, where we also set up our first studio together.
Inspired by British studio pottery and sculpture we wanted to contribute
to that tradition and take it further.
The small coastal village of Cley-next-the-Sea in Norfolk became our new base.The old village shop in Cley, a beautiful Regency shop with all its original fittings gave us the ideal gallery space for our work and there was also ample room for our various workshops.
Since then we have managed to establish a wide customer base in the area and beyond and amongst the many holidaymakers that visit Cley in the summer.
Our set-up and our way of working are unusual in the studio pottery world. We share all aspects of pottery making and processing such as glazing, firing and selling. Our work is the result of continuous exchange and cross influences. Even the most individual piece would not be made without contributions from others. Hence the decision not to sign our pots individually but sell them under the MADE IN CLEY name. We allow ourselves the freedom to follow our own individual concepts making the pots that we like and give each other space for new developments. This co-operation crosses the boundaries of the various crafts made here. The jeweller and the potters often work together on projects and we have expanded our interests into other areas such as graphic work and sculpture.
Functional wheel thrown pottery is still at the centre of our work. Fusing function and beauty by creating pots for everyday use, that are a lasting source of satisfaction and pleasure, will always be our overriding aim.
there are 10 people working at MADE IN CLEY. Wolfgang Altmann: pottery, sculpture,
prints, Gunhild Espelage: pottery, Christiane Guenther: pottery, Richard Kelham:
pottery, Nadine Leech: pottery. Quay Proctor-Mears: