Crafts Council meets Oxo Tower Wharf's creative community

Observation Point view of Oxo Tower Wharf

We had the pleasure of welcoming Crafts Council, the national charity for craft, to Oxo Tower Wharf to meet our wonderful community of makers.

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It’s great to see how much Oxo Tower Wharf means to our creative community, from more recent arrivals like Loveness Lee to long standing makers such as Doreen Gittens.

"Working in the Oxo Tower has always been a dream of mine," says Loveness who creates contemporary gold and silver jewellery with her small team. "I’ve always wanted a shop that features a workshop, so that customers can see the whole process. All our pieces are handmade here."

Doreen Gittens of Archipelago Textiles, has had a studio at Oxo Tower Wharf since the we opened 25 years ago. "What’s kept me at Oxo all these years is the community," reflects Gittens, who hand-weaves textile accessories and soft furnishings on the large loom that takes pride of place in her studio shop.

It’s a pleasure being here – I love coming to work in the morning. For me, the interesting thing about working at the Oxo is the environment – the ambience of the area. From the South Bank along the river, it’s such a vibrant place to be.

Doreen Gittens

For some of our designer-makers, the Thames itself is a great source of inspiration. ‘I’m inspired by the textures of sand, of driftwood, of pebbles’, says Sotis Filippides, ceramic artist; he throws his textured vessels in his workshop behind the studio space. ‘I am very lucky to have a studio that’s actually facing the river, because this is the core of my inspiration.’

Alongside our designer-maker studios, shops, cafes and a restaurant, we also have two galleries, Bargehouse and gallery@oxo, which play host to a rich roster of exhibitions and year-round events.

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Tempted to join our community of designer-makers? Email and complete an online form to express your interest. 

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