Meet our team of teachers and technicians

We’re super proud of our incredible team! We are lucky to have such a wealth of experience and diversity when it comes to skills and specialities.

Alex Dedes

Studio Manager – Bellenden Rd

Alex is a ceramic artist working primarily with local raw materials. Her practice celebrates the value of preserving material knowledge.
Alex recently graduated from Central Saint Martins completing a BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design. She is currently manager of the Bellenden Road studio.

David McGuire

Studio Manager – Copeland Park

David has been making in ceramics since secondary school, specialising in wheel thrown forms at Central St Martins BA in Ceramic Design. He works mainly with stoneware clay putting emphasis on form, blending functional and sculptural work. David oversees the smooth running of Copeland Park and teaches a few courses.

Sevak Zargarian

Studio Manager – Peckham Levels

Sevak graduated from CSM and has since had a lot of success with his Terrazzo style tableware. He has held senior technical roles in a number of quality ceramics studios and we’re chuffed to have him as such an important part of our team.

Eva Radulova

Teacher & Assistant Studio Manager

Eva makes slip-cast porcelain tableware and home decor and also has a deep understanding of many skills and techniques. She joined the team as a technician and also teaches a number of courses.

Elena Gileva

Teacher

Elena is an artist fixating on the decorative, historical and ornamental through the medium of ceramic sculpture. Elena has training both in ceramics, having graduated from the RCA and in fine art. She has been working in ceramic education since 2017 and also teaches at Morley College.

Tessa Eastman

Teacher

Tessa is an award-winning artist with over twenty years experience working with clay and glaze. She’s been teaching since 2005 and her teaching ethos is to take pleasure in creating and learning whilst challenging oneself through one’s work.

Elza Jaszczuk

Teacher

Elza finds ceramics an interesting and creative arena. What began as a hobby of collecting and admiring works turned into passion which now allows her to put her creative thoughts into clay. Elza’s been an important part of the team, working in a variety of roles since 2018.

Manuel Calvo Perez

Teacher

Manuel is a ceramicist, visual artist and Illustrator. His practice focuses on thrown and altered sculptural ceramics with hand built elements. He has also recently exhibited ink drawings and ceramics on the theme of the ancient Earth Pangaea. As well as teaching Manuel has also painted two murals for the Copeland Park studio.

Lisa Darrer

Operations Manager

Lisa comes from a contemporary arts background, previously working in visitor services / operational roles at galleries and studying at Central Saint Martins. She ensures the smooth running of studio operations and splits her time between operations management and working on her own arts practice.

Eugene Chung

Teacher

Eugene has studied at CSM and graduated from RCA in 2018. He shares a studio with other makers in North London (Calford Studio). The outcome of his work attempts to discover the purity of the designed components and provide them a different context.

Krista Speakman-Brown

Teacher & Bookings Manager

Krista studied ceramics at Loughborough University. Soon after graduating in 2008, Krista began teaching ceramics whilst continuing with her own making. As well as being one of the teachers of our 12 week courses, Krista also manages the bookings here at The Kiln Rooms.

Shane Keeling

Technical Manager & teacher

Shane is a mixed media fine artist that specialises in ceramic. His ceramic work is handbuilt or slip-cast with an emphasis on intricate and colourful surface decoration. Shane’s role in The Kiln Rooms is to provide technical support for all 3 studios and he also teaches classes.

Kyra Stratoudaki

Teacher & Technician

After decades as a ceramics hobbyist, Kyra has in the last 6 years become a full time maker and teacher. She mostly makes thrown functional ware and occasionally decorative stoneware or porcelain pots and jewellery. She has been a member of The Kiln Rooms since 2016

Sean Bruno

Teacher & Assistant Studio Manager

Sean’s ceramics journey started in 2018 when his wife bought him a pottery taster class for his birthday. He was instantly hooked and quickly joined The Kiln Rooms as a student, and is now currently a member of the Copeland Park Studio where he also works as a teacher and studio technician.

Amanda-Sue Rope

Teacher

Amanda is a ceramicist who combines a wheel-thrown process with hand-building to create structural works evocative of architectural industrial forms. A former member of The Kiln Rooms Amanda is now co-owner and co-director of Grove Vale Ceramics, a gallery and studio in East Dulwich.

Justin Page

Teacher

Justin was taught in the studio tradition of pottery at two of South Africa’s premier Ceramic Art Schools before moving to London. Over the last 5 years he has rediscovered his love for clay. Producing functional wheel thrown forms are where his passion lies – influenced by the urban and built environment and industrial design, with a nod to the history and forms of our craft.

Rebecca Griffiths

Teacher

Rebecca is a Peckham-based ceramic sculptor and graduate of the RCA. She has exhibited her work in galleries including Royal Academy of Art, Flowers Gallery, and Royal British Society of Sculptors. Rebecca also teaches in galleries, schools and organisations across London, designing workshops that celebrate tactility, invention and play.

Ben Nicholls

Teacher

Ben is studying Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins and focuses on throwing. His practice involves understanding the versatilily of the clay, exploring the infinite ways it can be thrown and styled. He is a hard worker who will keep learning and practising on a daily basis in order to further his understanding of the craft.

Luke Kang

Teacher & technician

Luke developed a passion for ceramics and teaching while studying at university. The work he makes involves a combination of throwing and hand-building to create pots and sculptures that are more organic in form. At the Kiln Rooms, he leads on Sunday Taster classes and private classes.

Georgie Scully

Assistant studio manager – Bellenden Rd (currently on Mat leave)

Georgie hand makes a tonal spectrum of tableware and home accessories using the slip casting method, from her south London studio. Since graduating from CSM she’s worked on a number of projects and commissions and has been with TKR for a number of years.

Tash Hart

Teacher & Technician

Tash is a lover of art and nature, and granddaughter of a magnificent potter. She produces minimal and functional ceramics that are inspired by some of the most beautiful parts of nature’s bounty. Tash has been an important part of The Kiln Rooms work exchange team, regularly teaches taster classes and is a technician.

Leonie Stanton

Teacher

Leonie’s work examines geometry, volume and form, trying to capture a tension between scale and intimacy whilst encapsulating a sense of solidity and quiet. She works in series, making collections of responses with the intention of creating forms purely for contemplation.

Robert Towler

Teacher & technician

Currently at CSM Rob has been with The Kiln Rooms for a couple of years and know each of the studios inside out, in both a teaching and technical capacity.

Megan Brady

Teacher & technician

Megan lives locally and is a fantastic teacher. She’s been with us since 2018 and has played an important role in keep the studios ticking over ever since.

Stuart Carey

Technical Director & Co-founder

Stuart’s a ceramicist who’s been making for over 20 years. His wealth of experience allows the studios to all function smoothly. He has recently worked on commissions and is a consultant on The Pottery Throwdown TV show. Stuart is in charge of all the technical elements at The Kiln Rooms

Ben Cooper

Operations Director & Co-founder

Ben’s background is in Arts Management and fine art. He ran the bar/events at the RCA which is where he met Stuart, which is when The Kiln Rooms began. Ben is in charge of the operational aspects of the studios