Ceramics artist crowdfunding to open new Ripley pottery café as haven for fellow survivors of abuse

A Ripley artist has launched a £5,000 crowdfunding campaign in the hope of reopening the pottery studio and café business she left behind when escaping an abusive partner.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 5:06 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 6:24 pm

Michaela Haynes returned home to Ripley last year having previously run her own café, 54 Lemons, in Cornwall.

She said: “I met and married a man whom turned out to be violent and abusive. After making police statements and being homeless for three months with my ten-year-old daughter we came back Derbyshire.

“My new plan is to restart my pottery and run workshops again. The cafe will also be used as a community place for different events.”

She added: “My aim is to help vulnerable people and children who have been, in or are still in, domestic abuse by providing workshops, advice, coffee and cake – whatever they need.

“Much encouragement is needed after abuse, before a person believes they have value again. Creativity and making has such great mental health benefits and has proven to be therapeutic.”

Michaela, a mum of three who also runs a tile design and teaching business, has already found premises in a former church space, and is crowdfunding to refurbish the space.

She also hopes to use part of the funding to train in survivor support with the charity Women’s Aid.

Michaela Haynes is crowdfunding to open a pottery café in Ripley.

In return, supporter rewards range from a personalised mug to ceramic classes, or one of Michaela’s sculptures, which have been exhibited at the Tate Modern.

To back the project, go to https://bit.ly/3eSr0N8.

How the café looked at its previous location.