Member Spotlight: Polymorphics

3 April 2023

Lucy Batura is the designer, maker and tutor behind Polymorphics.

Established in 2014 Polymorphics sells fun and functional objects made from eco-resin and wood, and craft kits that teach step-by-step terrazzo object making at home. Every Polymorphics object is unique and one off. Lucy also runs creative workshops online, around Scotland, and at We Make Edinburgh, the studio she co-founded in 2019 on Montrose Terrace, Abbeyhill.

Visit Polymorphics online to shop Lucy's creations, kits and book for upcoming workshops. Follow on Instagram: @polymorphics_

We caught up with Lucy at We Make Edinburgh to find out more about her creative practice.

Can you tell us a bit about your work? How did you get started?

My education background is in interior design and I've been always interested in beautiful objects for home, especially how they are made. In 2014 I was looking for some fun activities and joined woodwork classes. I’ve enjoyed working with wood so much that I’ve started making my own objects and selling them at local markets and online. Over the years my product range has evolved as I was experimenting with different materials and designs. At the moment I’m working with an eco-resin, making colourful and funky objects for home. My main focus now is to facilitate terrazzo workshops and share the process of making these unique pieces with others.

What do you enjoy most about having a creative career, and what achievements are you most proud of?

I love the diversity of my work which pushes me to learn new skills and to explore new ideas. One day I might be experimenting with a new material and another day I'm preparing for a workshop or redesigning my website; no two days are the same!

For years I’ve been thinking of working with people facing some barriers in life and finally last year I’ve started working with a non-profit organisation delivering art workshops for people with learning disabilities. I’m so excited to be part of this project and to see how creative practice can make such a massive positive change in their life.

Tell us about your studio and what you do at We Make Edinburgh?

We Make Edinburgh is a multifaceted creative space with two art studios: Polymorphics and The Edinburgh Craft Club with shared workshops facilities. I design and create my products here and host workshops for both adults and kids. We also hire the space to other creatives for classes, activities and meet-ups. 

It’s impossible to know everything and it takes time to learn new skills.

What’s next? Do you have any upcoming projects to share?

Last year I've started some new collaborations with local creative organisations and galleries hosting workshops at their venues. I'm hoping to continue and develop these relationships. l also became a mum in last December so the biggest project this year will be to balance my family life with work.

What advice would you give to someone pursuing a career in the creative industries?

Don't be afraid to ask for help, especially if you are a freelancer and you work alone. It’s impossible to know everything and it takes time to learn new skills. There are many creative people out there who are happy to share their experiences. 

What do you think are the best things about being a creative in Edinburgh?

The uniqueness of Edinburgh is so inspiring! Amazing landscape, nature, architecture, history and incredible people that the city attracts. Each part of the city has something special to offer and makes me very grateful that I live and work here.

What made you want to join Creative Edinburgh as a member?

Working by yourself can be very isolating. Having access to the local creative community with like-minded people makes such a massive difference.