Popular pottery studio Hands2Gether closes

The Plymouth Pottery Studio has announced its unfortunate closure. The studio informed its customers on Facebook that it will be closing on Wednesday, June 1.

Hands2gether is a pottery, arts and crafts studio offering visitors the opportunity to get creative and paint their own pottery. The much-loved studio supported people with disabilities by providing fun in a safe environment – they also offered tea, coffee and cake.

Facebook’s announcement explained that the business owners could no longer afford the lease. As a result, the doors would close on Wednesday, June 1.

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The owners explained that business was “recovering”, but that they were struggling to find another location. They added: “We have met some great people and made many friends on our journey over the years.

“Dave and I are obviously devastated but want to thank everyone for supporting us. I’m getting pissed off now, so I’ll post another post in due course – I’d be grateful if everyone shared this post.

Hands2gether, which participated in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in August 2020, is a non-profit company run by Dave and Carol John which has been a key provider of day care support services in Plymouth. Dave and Carol wanted to share with people the benefits of creativity while providing first class service.

A disappointed customer commented: “Aww so sorry to hear that. We absolutely love coming to you and loved that you were so close.

“Thank you for always providing such lovely and warm service. What a shame x”.

Another said: “Absolutely disgusted for you and your lovely team of staff who clearly love the studio and help people. What a shame for the local community to lose such a wonderful and welcoming place.

“I sincerely hope that some kind of miracle will appear and save Hands2gether and allow you to continue doing the great work you have done. I’m so sorry this happened to all of you xx”.

Dave has over 20 years experience in the social care sector specializing in learning, physical and sensory disabilities. This knowledge and experience inspired him to create Hands2gether to provide visitors with the benefits of creativity.

The studio was small and personal to allow the couple to focus and take care of individuals. With the help of volunteers and workers, they’ve been open seven days a week. The studio added on its Facebook page: “If you’ve booked a party or pottery wheel experience with us, don’t panic, call studio tomorrow between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and I’ll explain what’s going on.

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