I have always made things, from an early age – knitting, sewing, crochet, junk modelling.
I was fortunate to have tried pottery at secondary school; in the equivalent of Year 9, we had a term each of pottery, batik and lino printing. Luckily for me, I started with pottery and absolutely loved it. So much so, that after the first week of the next term and batik, I swapped with a friend back in pottery. I also managed to swap again from the lino printing.
Sadly didn’t get the chance to continue, other than a brief period in my late 20s – couldn’t get into classes as they were so popular. However when we moved to Reading, I joined a pottery adult education class to get back to pottery and meet new people. The rest, as they say, is history.
I studied 2 City & Guilds courses, bought my own kiln, built a studio shed in the back garden, made loads of lovely friends, and found a new career. I think I have one of the best jobs in the World – I create pots using a material that I love and in teaching others to use clay, I can watch their creative instincts to flourish.
Pottery for me is something of a life style – as well as making and teaching, I sell my work on arts trails and open studio events so they take up many weekends during the year. I also belong to 2 guilds and I continue to attend workshops myself, learning new skills along the way.
My main sources of inspiration are Korean and Japanese pottery – I love the strong, simple and subtle forms.
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