I completed an HNC in Ceramics (Filton College, Queens Road, Bristol) 1997. I went back to evening classes while the children were still small. I would make things at home and bring them in to be fired at the classes; utilising the time there as much as possible.
I was then able to practice at a workshop, making enough pottery to sell at markets and school events. Money I made from these went towards building up my own workspace ie: shed in the garden, a kick wheel and a small kiln.
I’ve always loved pottery, but never dreamed I would ever become one. It is not always the easiest way to make a living, but it has worked well for me working from home.
I love all aspects of the pot-making process – from throwing (mugs and bowls) and hand building (buttons and soap dishes etc..) to slipping on the colour and engraving the designs (sgraffitto). I love the vibrancy of colour you get with earthenware and the colour of the clay itself. It lends a warmth that looks good in any kitchen..
Although very down to earth and affordable and to a certain extent commercial, I always keep the experimental side of my work going.
I really enjoy selling at the markets. It keeps me in tune with what customers are looking for and it is interesting to hear their thoughts or what they see in certain designs. It has its advantages being outside despite the cold in winter – the natural daylight complements the pottery.
Markets & Events
Corn Street (Nails) Market10am - 5pmUsually opposite the Registry Office unless moved elsewhere
Bristol Harbourside Market10am - 4.30pmUsually by the Watershed unless moved elsewhere
Latest from the blog:
Market Dates up to Christmas 2017
CORN STREET (NAILS) MARKET (OUTSIDE) – all of the October & November Saturdays and December Christmas Market – Thurs 14th, Fri 15th, Sat 16th, Sund 17th, Mon 18th, Tues 19th, Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd & Sun 24th. BRISTOL HARBOURSIDE MARKET (WATERSHED) – All of the October Sundays & all of the November Sundays