I am a self-taught sculptor with no formal training; however, I’ve always been creative and over the years have kept coming back to my love of pottery, going on one-day courses but learning not much more than how to make a pinch pot. I lost my love of life when I lost my mum and when my children left for university I have drifted for too long with no purpose.
It is only when lockdown came along that we converted our garage, added a window and bought a kiln that my passion for playing with clay started. I am based on the beautiful Shropshire/Welsh/Cheshire border, the breath-taking views over the Welsh mountains from my studio could not be a more relaxing and inspiring place to work, it became my sanctuary during those long uncertain months.
I had no plan and soon my successes and failures were mounting on shelves. I love creating animals which I see in the countryside around me. I try and push the clay to its limits and give movement to my pieces. My daughter set up an Instagram account, and within weeks several galleries contacted me to ask if they could exhibit my work. After being very apprehensive, Instagram has been fantastic, I share my story on-line, have met some lovely artists and am now selling my work in some wonderful galleries locally.
Gifts instead of Flowers have followed me from the beginning and asked me to be part of their new business venture but were prepared to wait until I had a website up and running. They have always been very encouraging and I am so pleased to now be part of their growing team of artists and I am also delighted to offer a discount on my work that will help towards William’s Fund.
My new website offers a selection of my work, but a lot of my work is now coming from commissions, I would be delighted to talk through any ideas you may have for that unique gift.