Pay It Forward London is helping small and start up businesses continue their work after lockdown and HAUSOF is one of those start up small businesses significantly affected by COVID-19. HAUSOF starting trading in December 2019 and they hit the ground running providing design led furniture and pottery classes to the general public and to local charities. In 3 short months of trading they had taught two charity classes at ST.Mungos, Elise started a 10 hour contract teaching her furniture/woodworking classes at Crisis the homeless charity and Rachel was just about to teach her sixth and seventh ‘Clay Succs’ pottery class at St Margaret’s house In Bethnal Green and Open Ealing in Ealing. Then it all came to a standstill in mid March when the government announced a full U.K. lockdown. This hasn’t stopped their passion for furniture and pottery but it has stopped the function of their business and will impact the future of the business for months. Can you help?
WHO IS HAUSOF?
HAUSOF is a female-led Furniture and Pottery Studio run by Elise (furniture designer) and Rachel (ceramicist). They provide design-led furniture and pottery classes to the general public and at corporate team-building events. The profit from these classes enables Elise and Rachel to offer classes at extremely reduced prices and in most cases for FREE to local charities supporting the groups they are passionate to help such as, vulnerable adults living with mental illness, homelessness, addiction and lonely elders.
GENERAL PUBLIC CLASSES
Elise and Rachel are designers in their own right so they spend their days switching between running classes and focusing on their own design work. Rachel makes beautiful modern sculptures out of clay and usable table wares, the colours she uses are normally earthy and bring the nature in to your home. Elise makes mid century modern furniture with a twist, fresh shapes and mixed materials. What they make can be purchased online or in store. They also both take on bespoke customer orders and also collaborate sometimes mixing furniture and clay together.
Since lockdown all the classes have come to a halt. Premises where they taught have been closed temporarily and the charities where they taught closed their doors to service users. This has had a huge impact on the great progress HAUSOF was making, losing them up to £800 a month in funds and making them unable to continue further business development and partnerships. They only started trading at the end of December and entering March they received confirmation of a further 2 classes a month! This was only set to grow further over the next year with hopes of securing permanent studio space to allow continued growth. This hasn’t dampened their spirits as they continue to plan future classes and focus on making their first HAUSOF collection for launch on their online store and to sell in partnership with other local design shops in the area. Watch this space as they plan to bounce back harder and faster than before as lockdown starts to lift... you could be part of this great company by securing your tickets ready for re-launch!
Every reward is higher priced than normal because it comes with a 25% donation towards our charity classes. Something lovely for you = money towards a FREE charity class for a vulnerable adult. Give back and feel good.
SECOND HAND ITEM OF FURNITURE FOR CHARITY CLASS
This will allow us to purchase an item of second hand furniture for our charity furniture upcycling class!! Each charity class attendee will be provided with an item of furniture they can work on. Fix, sand, glue, paint AND reupholster! Once finished they get to take it home with them, the homeless people that we work with have temporary housing accommodation and making something they can call theirs really helps them when living in alien places.
£25 FUTURE CLAY SCULPTURE
Pledge £25 today and we'll reward you with one of Rachels pottery air plant sculptures from her ‘Ursula’s garden of souls’ range. ALL Pieces will be glazed in unique colour combinations, making not one soul the same.
£70 LARGE HAND MADE VELVET CUSHION
Get your hands on one of Elise’s beautiful large hand pipped and sewn velvet cushions. Perfect for use on sofas, armchairs and beds. Available in a selection of colours, Elise will email you after the campaign to request your colour choice. Get it in time for Christmas!
£50 FUTURE POTTERY CLASS
Pledge £50 today and we'll reward you with a ‘Clay Succs’ Pottery class. You will spend an afternoon making a hand built succulent planter using the traditional coiling method. We provide snacks, refreshments and all the materials needed, we even provide the succulent for you to take home with you that day!
£100 FUTURE POTTERY AND GLAZING CLASS
Pledge £100 today and we'll reward you with one of Rachels and Elise’s tableware classes where you can choose from a mug, plate, bowl, jug, kitchen pot or vase. This class will be set over 2 sessions. The first session is getting messy with clay to make your desired object.The second session will be a couple of weeks after the first session, your object will have been fired and ready for you to get creative with glaze!
£250 HALO TABLE
Get yourself a Halo Table, designed and made by Elise. You can choose between a bedside table version OR a side table. The Halo table is completely customisable, request timber tone (dark or light), choose your fabric lamp flex cable colour and choose the colour of the bulb. Elise will email you after the campaign to request your colour choices. Get it in time for Christmas!!!
Example of lamp flex colours
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