LUMP Studio owner Liz Lau
What inspired you to start LUMP?
‘I’ve always wanted to learn ceramics, and I finally got a chance seven years ago. I’d just left my job of 11 years, and had moved to London to take some time off work. I did all the things I’d always wanted to if only I had more time — go to museums every week, practise life drawing and learn ceramics. I loved all of it, but it was the pottery making I really got addicted to. I enjoyed the squishy, messy mud on my fingers, and I loved being able to take a lump of clay and slowly turn it into something else with my own hands. When I moved back to Hong Kong, I looked for a place to continue ceramics, but couldn’t find one that suited me. I wanted a workshop with lots of space and long opening hours, where I could work alongside other ceramic makers. So I started thinking about opening my own space.’
Tell us a little about the ceramics that you make.
‘I love handmade pottery — objects that I can use and touch all the time like cups, bowls or vases, so I like to make things like that. But over the last year and a half I’ve done less ceramic work and more research and writing for a book about an 80-year-old dragon kiln, the only one left in Hong Kong. The book is called Objects of the Dragon Kiln, and was just published last month. Now I’m looking forward to going back to the studio and spending more time there with the clay.’