Granby Workshop

2015

Granby Workshop is a manufacturer of architectural ceramics, based in Liverpool, launched by the Turner Prize in 2015. The workshop is part of Assemble's ongoing involvement with the wider project of Granby Four Streets.

 

Products combine craft techniques with an experimental sensibility to develop new architectural materials and finishes. Investigating 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.

 

Granby Workshop was founded by Assemble, working alongside residents from the Granby Four Streets in Liverpool to rebuild their neighbourhood following years surrounded by derelict houses. 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.

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.

Assemble lead the ongoing creative direction of the workshop, working in collaboration with a number of other artists and designers.

With these first designs, the Workshop developed a distinctive model of designer-led manufacturing - making high quality products, whilst retaining variety in their design, so that each product is different. This has continued to be at the core of the Workshop’s ethos.

The Workshop has since grown considerably, and now undertakes a wide 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.