I trained at Colchester Institute of Education, Middlesex University (BA Hons 3D Design: ceramics/glass) and University of London Institute of Education (Art Teacher’s certificate).
Initially working as an art and pottery teacher in Northants, I returned to work in London for 5 years and continued to draw upon my arts training first as a play leader then as a specialist youth worker for young people with disabilities.
In the years that followed I worked mostly in the social care field, whilst continuing as a practising artist. I have enjoyed working in many media, most recently printmaking, jewellery and mosaic, however I am passionate about clay!
I work spontaneously in clay to express my many influences. My studio is full of reference material that I have gathered on my travels… whether a sketch, piece of fabric, photograph, shell, postcard, theatre programme or notes from a recent exhibition I have visited… all are rich sources of inspiration.
I am also available for workshops and community ventures. I have many years experience working with children, young people and adults of all levels of ability, as well as having initiated and participated in numerous inclusive community projects.
I maintain a supportive local profile in Brightlingsea events and opportunities. This includes occasions when my studio is open to the public, such as Brightlingsea Open Gardens. These are occasions when visitors are warmly welcomed to enjoy both the studio and cottage garden surroundings, complete with sculptures, ceramics and artworks.
I am a proactive member of Anglian Potters, which is an organisation of potters who live and work in East Anglia. Whenever possible, I regularly participate in events such as regional group exhibitions.