I have always had
a fascination with arts and crafts from as early as I can remember.
I learnt to knit and crochet and turned my hand to all sorts
of crafts, baking, needlework, lace making, tatting, weaving,
macramé, patchwork and much much more, this was the ‘70’s!
I was even given a toy potters wheel as I adored the potter’s
workshops we would visit during our family holidays. I would
be mesmorised by the process of throwing.
Growing up in a
suburb of Nottingham was far removed from my dreams of having
a café and craft shop and the nearest I got, thanks to
the advise of a school careers teacher, was a catering and hotel
management diploma followed a food marketing degree! After graduating
I gained a very colourful career history which led to BBC Birmingham
and the programme ‘Countryfile’.
In 2003 I made
a hard decision, and left the best job I’d had, to move
up to Glasgow and in with my now husband, Neil. From there and
with Neil’s support I had the chance to explore and potentially
fulfill my creative dreams, an incredibly exciting and daunting
prospect! I took another deep breath and embarked on a national
certificate in Ceramic Art in the Environment. With the support
and teaching of a first class tutor I applied for, and was accepted
onto the Ceramic Degree course at the Glasgow School of Art
in 2005. As timing would
have it I became pregnant with my first child and have since
set aside the studying to concentrate on being mum to my two
gorgeous children. I have also set up my business as a ceramicist.
I am never without a fistful of ideas, developments on from
existing pieces, new projects, techniques… the mind is
brimming! The only limit is time, and money!
During my studies
I focused mainly on making hand-built sculptural pieces, fascinated
with contradictions and contrasts and heavily influenced by
the natural world and the beauty, intrigue and detail it presents.
I am still keen to develop this body of work. I never let go
of my fascination with the process of throwing and the beautifully
fluid forms it can produce. I am mainly self-taught on the wheel,
having had a little guidance along the way but it is something
I am always developing, like many things.
A year after having
our first child we moved to Crieff, Perthshire. I understudied
with Len Whatley at Crieff Ceramics producing hand thrown tableware
and have since set up a workshop at home producing decorative
and functional tableware, both hand-built and hand thrown, as
well as unusual handcrafted ceramic jewellery which developed
from a commission. My leather and ceramic jewellery brings together
my love of ceramics and my interest in knot and rope work. Constantly
experimenting, developing and expanding my ranges, every piece
is carefully considered and I like to think a dynamic and unique
work of art.
Thank you for reading,