Stephen Llewellyn has been potting professionally in Wallington for over 30 years and has made more than half a million pots during that time.
Stephen's desire to eat and drink out of something made with his own hands led him to produce his functional range of traditional stoneware.
Having completed his apprenticeship, he started his own pottery in 1977, building his own gas kiln and workshop. Despite a setback when his kiln blew up and burnt down his workshop, he has continued to endeavour to meet the increasing demand for local handmade pottery.
In 1996, he fell in love with the waterwheel and wheelhouse at Merton Abbey Mills, South London and helped build the only potter's wheel run directly from water power in the UK. It was used to good effect on the May Bank Holiday in 1997 when Stephen, using the water-powered wheel, broke his one-day throwing record by making 737 bowls in eight hours and raised over £1000 for the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Stephen has also produced replicas of the medieval tiles that were found on the Merton Priory site, one particular design being a gargoyle apparently unique to Merton. He is also actively involved in the work of Wandle Heritage.
Stephen and his wife Claire Bradfield, herself a potter for more than 30 years, extend a warm welcome to the Wheelhouse.
|Stephen Llewellyn Pottery, The Wheelhouse, Merton Abbey Mills, Merantun Way, London SW19 2RD|