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.
Tuition is offered from my studio and in the community to both individuals and groups. 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 the annual Colchester & Tendring Open Studios and 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 also fortunate in being afforded the opportunity to take an active role working alongside local artists in the co-ordination of art and craft exhibitions at the Waterside Gallery. Situated near Brightlingsea’s historic harbour, the Gallery is gaining a reputation for showcasing unique and high quality artworks.
I am a proactive member of Anglian Potters which is an organisation of potters who live and work in East Anglia. I regularly participate in events such as the annual Potters’ Camp, as well as group exhibitions and demonstrations.