King Street Studios opened by Edmund de Waal3rd November 2012
The King Street Studios - the School's new Photography and Pottery Centre - were opened by Edmund de Waal on Saturday 3 November.
The new centre brings together Photography (recently in Broad Street) and Pottery (for long at St Augustine's). The site on the corner of King Street and St Alphege Lane is conveniently close to the main art centre at Blackfriars. It contains excellent provision for these two popular arts. There is a ceramics studio, with plaster and sculpture area and kiln room, as well as a photography studio, with digital suite and full film processing and dark room facilities.
The building was for many years the Prince of Wales public house, and the name of the local brewer Rigden can still be seen in the windows. (There were Rigdens at the King's School in the eighteenth century.)
Edmund was a boy at King's from 1977 to 1981 when he studied pottery under Geoffrey Whiting. He later read English at Cambridge, but turned to ceramics as a career. His works are in many art galleries and he has written several books on the subject - most recently The Pot Book. He achieved wide fame as author of a family memoir about the importance of art The Hare with Amber Eyes, which won the Costa Biography Prize and the Ondaatje Prize.