MEGAN PRESTON ELLIOTT

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About

Clay Wild is a Pottery Studio for everyone."

Photograph: Zoë Schulz

MEGAN (SHE/HER)

Orange Twinkling Vibrant Doodle

meet megan, the founder of clay wild

Megan is a queer artist based in Brighton, UK. She founded Clay Wild with the vision of making pottery accessible for all, utilising air-drying clay and hand-building techniques with few tools needed.


Megan trained in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School, where she first discovered her love for sculpture and clay. Her work is designed intuitively, inspired by play, identity and self-expression.

Orange Twinkling Vibrant Doodle

outside of clay wild

Megan loves to write. She has published several articles, poems and short stories on a wide variety of topics including art, love, sexuality, mental health and culture. In 2021, Megan was a recipient of the London Writers Awards run by Spread the Word. She is currently working on her first novel.


She can also be found at a contemporary dance class, practising yoga, reading or outside in nature.

Photograph: Megan Preston Elliott

Megan's

work

Megan makes her own ceramics. There is a selection of work available to purchase on the Clay Wild Etsy shop here.

Photograph: Zoë Schulz

Pottery

classes

At a Clay Wild class, Megan facilitates a calm atmosphere, helping attendees reconnect to their own wild and unlock their own creativity. Clay Wild is LGBTQIA+ friendly and committed to inclusivity and accessibility. Clay Wild has hosted pottery classes for a range of people in different settings: corporate, schools, community (care homes, charity), and private events.


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Love Club Retreat, Brighton 2023

Photograph: Natasa Leoni

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Love Club Retreat, Brighton 2023

Photograph: Natasa Leoni

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London pottery class

Photograph: Sappho Events

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London pottery class

Photograph: Sappho Events


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Love Club Retreat, 2023

Photograph: Natasa Leoni

Photograph: Sappho Events

Community

workshops


Megan runs monthly classes for the queer community in both Brighton and London. In Brighton, classes are hosted at The Queery, a radical bookshop and vegan café. In London, classes are hosted at The Create Place in Bethnal Green, a non-profit arts & community space run by St. Margaret's House.


At all community classes, Clay Wild offers a number of low-income spots to enable everyone to enjoy pottery.


For details on upcoming events, click here.


Corporate & private

workshops

Clay Wild is a travelling studio bringing clay directly to you. Megan has facilitated a number of classes for businesses for product launches, team building activities, wellness workshops and Pride celebrations. Companies Megan has worked with include: Pink News, MindOut Mental Health Charity, Delta Capita and the University of Westminster.


Megan has also hosted a number of private events including birthdays and pre-wedding celebrations.

Testimonials

“Unleash your creativity!"

"I had a great pottery class with Megan. The class was very fun and informative. Clay and all the tools were provided which was super handy. The vases came out great!"

Alice

"It was so relaxing and fun to play with the clay. Megan was great at explaining step-by-step how to create your own pots and let you unleash your own creativity! She was very helpful and made the whole process so enjoyable!"


Carine

"Megan is absolutely amazing! She is very friendly and helpful and I had such a great time learning how to make a vase from her. I can highly recommend booking a class with her and I can't wait for my next one!"


Jelka

Collaborations

Photographs: Zoë Schulz

Clay Wild is fortunate enough to have worked on projects with a number of exciting partners, including The Museum of the Home and Paul Smith.


Clay Wild is always open to collaborations with other businesses, creatives, curators and galleries that share Clay Wild's ethos and passion for ceramic art. To work with Megan at Clay Wild, get in touch below.

Queeriosities

Megan was invited by Davy Pittoors to take part in a makers' fair at The Museum of the Home in May 2023.


Paul Smith

I was invited by Paul Smith to exhibit my work for The Pride Project, an exhibition celebrating Pride 2023 at the Paul Smith Beak Street shop in London’s Soho. To read my artist interview & find out more about the project, head to the Paul Smith website.


Photograph credit: Paul Smith

Video of the exhibition opening night 30/06/23

'Sapphic Gaze', 2023, earthenware vase with non-toxic glaze

Photograph credit: Paul Smith


"I created a new piece for this exhibition called Sapphic Gaze. The vase is bold and bodily; on each side of the pot is a pair of eyes staring out at the viewer. It's a reclamation of my own sexuality... and a play on the term 'male gaze', asking the viewer to consider the sapphic viewpoint, which has historically been quite invisible." - Megan Elliott for Paul Smith, 2023

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