Granby Workshop is a manufacturer of architectural ceramics, based in Liverpool. Their products are designed through extensive material investigations. They combine craft techniques with an experimental sensibility to develop new architectural materials and finishes. They strongly believe in the creative potential of manufacturing and use techniques that introduce chance and randomness to the production line so that no two products are ever the same. The unique ceramics make distinctive and playful additions to buildings & interiors.
The Workshop was set up by Assemble as part of the community-led efforts to rebuild Granby, a Liverpool neighbourhood that was nearly made derelict by decades of poorly-planned regeneration initiatives.
A resourceful, creative group of residents started to bring the neighbourhood back to life by clearing, planting, painting, and campaigning. And in 2011 they entered into an innovative form of community land ownership to secure 10 empty houses, and renovate them as affordable homes.
The workshop’s first range of products were designed for the houses being renovated, and included bathroom tiles, door handles and fireplaces – new architectural features made in Granby and reflecting the care, value and creativity invested in these homes.
With these first designs, the Workshop developed a distinctive model of designer- led manufacturing – operating at a scale that allows for high quality products to be made, whilst retaining variety in their design, so that each product is different.
The Workshop has since grown considerably, a process accelerated by being awarded the Turner Prize in 2015, and now undertakes a range of commissions, supplying its distinctive architectural ceramics worldwide. These have been widely exhibited, and are held in the permanent collections of the V&A and the Crafts Council.
The business remains strongly community orientated – operating from its premises on Granby St, participating in the monthly community market, and continuing to contribute to ongoing local renovations.