I completed an HNC in Ceramics (Filton College, Queens Road, Bristol) 1997. I went back to evening classes while my two 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. Much self-teaching was involved, and the usual trial-error.
Money I made from early work went towards building up my own workspace ie: shed in the garden housing an old-fashioned manual kick wheel, and a small kiln.
I like all aspects of the pot-making process – from ‘throwing’ (i.e. mugs and bowls) and hand building (buttons and soap dishes etc..) to ‘slipping’ the colour and engraving the designs (‘sgraffitto’). I enjoy the vibrancy of colour you get with earthenware and the colour and texture of the clay itself, which is a mediumin its own right.
Although down to earth and affordable, I always keep the experimental side of my work going, as well as re-working previous designs alongside new designs.
I 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, and the market always has a lively and communal atmosphere.
Markets & Events
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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