Leaving an office job in London at the end of the 'sixties' for an adventure in sunny Australia, I started attending evening classes in pottery and completed a ceramic course at the local college in NSW a few years later. I started making mugs, jugs, bowls and dishes, teapots, wine carafes and goblets !
It was a lifestyle that fitted in well with the demands of family and growing children, and there was a steady demand for such handcrafted pieces.
Eventually I set up a gallery selling my own work and that of other artists and craftspeople with regular exhibitions.
From my studio I held popular classes and workshops
When I returned to my native Cumbria in 1994 a 'regular' job didn't seem all that attractive, so I started making pots again! This time as well as selling my pots to the ever increasing tourist market in the Lake District an exciting new venture was taking off. This was the advent of the Potfest shows. It was started in the cattle market in Penrith by an enterprising young couple and the concept quickly spread around Britain. As well as a venue to sell work there is a great camaraderie when you get 200 potters under one roof for a weekend.
I became a member of 'Made in Cumbria' and soon began selling and exhibiting my work around Britain.
Today, I have a studio in the home I share with my partner in Ambleside and I'm spending time exploring the wider possibilities that working with clay can bring. I am a member of the NPA ( Northern Potters Association )
This is another journey in my love affair with mud, otherwise known as clay!