Kiln Workshop & Kitchen

Earlier in the month while visiting the Northern Design Festival, we had the fantastic opportunity to visit Kiln Workshop & Kitchen. Based in Newcastle's creative hub the Ouseburn Valley, Kiln is a ceramic workshop space come restaurant.

 Above: The space is separated by a glass screen annotated with illustrations of the ceramic process

Above: The space is separated by a glass screen annotated with illustrations of the ceramic process

Kiln struck us as such a fantastic idea - where one side of the building could really feed into the other. All the tableware used in the cafe was made next door in 1265 Degrees North, while the restaurant regularly runs pottery evenings and events.

We were lucky enough to meet founder and craftsman Richard Cullen. Richard showed us around the custom fitted ceramic workshop and restaurant. The space has an industrially inspired look, complete with shelves of spare kiln furniture and drying shelves peppering the space.

The studio side of 1265 Degrees North is a collaborative effort between an English born craftsman, Richard Cullen, and South Korean Potter, Jun Rhee. Together they create hand thrown tableware predominantly for chefs and restaurants in a range of subtle glazes. What is most striking about their tableware is the uniformity of each piece - something which is notoriously difficult to achieve on the potters wheel.

We were thrilled to be shown round Kiln, and would highly recommend visiting for anyone in the Newcastle area. To see the full range of tableware from 1265 Degrees North visit: www.1265degreesnorth.com and for more info on visiting: www.kiln.cafe

Banner Image: Photograph courtesy of Kiln. Unless stated, all images our own.