I am teaming up with my fellow studio mate, Elaine.
We will hosting a 6 week beginners class, which will be split into two blocks of three. You will be tutored my myself in pottery hand building techniques and by Elaine in portrait sculpture techniques.
Donation to animal welfare charities
I am a keen advocate for animal welfare. For each sale that I make, I will donate a percentage of my profit to these animal welfare charities
Hugletts Wood Farm
Hugletts Wood Farm provides sanctuary to cows and their friends. A home for life to farm animals and birds, rescued from the misery of the meat and dairy industry and the horrors of the slaughterhouse.
Hugletts Wood farm is the only farm animal sanctuary in the UK that operates a dedicated Cow Protection Program. It is also the only vegan farm in the UK that runs such a sanctuary.
We try to self-fund as much as possible, growing vegetables and fruits and producing a whole range of garden products and natural Ahimsa compost but we still face hefty bills for feed and bedding plus the inevitable cost of Homeopathic treatment and essential veterinary care, which runs into thousands of pounds a year.
Margaret Green Animal Rescue
Animal welfare is at the very heart of everything we do at Margaret Green Animal Rescue. We firmly believe that every animal deserves to live its life free from distress and pain, and enjoy physical and psychological stimulation. As there are too many domestic pets being bred, leading to vast numbers of abandoned and unwanted animals being placed into care, we are also fully committed to the neutering of animals.
Whilst in our centres, animals live in facilities which are designed and constructed to offer a living environment that is appropriate to their needs and enables them to act out their natural behaviour.
Ojo Rojo is an independent Mexican street food inspired restaurant in Bournemouth.
I was approached by the owners of Ojo Rojo, to see if I wanted to design and make a piece of tableware that would display and serve their signature Tacos.We discussed their requirements and I drew inspiration from their interior design concepts and ethos. I started by sketching out my ideas. Once I had got an idea that I liked, I set about making prototypes, mixing colours and glazes and testing, testing , testing!
I presented my ideas to my clients. We discussed what worked and what didn’t. I made a few tweaks here and there and we were all happy with the results. Once the piece was finalised I made several moulds so that I could make multiple pieces in good time.
Following the success of the taco trays, I was asked to make some more pieces for their tableware range. This included copitas, which are small cups to serve their mezcal, a main serving plate and a smaller serving plate.
This project had its highs and lows, and has taught me some interesting life lessons. Through hard work and perseverance I got the job done, and I am very pleased with my results.
Taco serving tray, main plate and side plate.
Taco serving tray, main plate and side plate.
After years of having my studio as my own personal sanctuary, I have decided to open it up and start teaching pottery classes.
Come and join me on a day workshop where I will introduce you to the exciting world of ceramics. You will learn hand building techniques, and will have the opportunity to have a go at throwing on the wheel.
My sessions will be easy going and welcoming, and my studio is a stress free zone.
I will supply tea, coffee and Almond milk, you provide the Bourbons and a smile!
I will demonstrate various techniques and then you will be getting your hands dirty.
By the end of the session you will have produced your own pottery items which I will fire and glaze for you, ready for collection at a later date.
If you would like to come back and glaze the work yourself, this can also be arranged.
The workshop fee includes all materials and firings. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your place, and the balance will be due prior to the session.
I like to work with small groups, so I can dedicate practical time one-to-one. With this in mind I will take a maximum of four people on a first come, first served basis. A minimum of two people is needed to run the session.
I have been working with clay for over twenty years. I have a BA and an MA Degree, both in Ceramic Design.
I have a fully functional pottery studio, set within a working warehouse, in Southbourne.
Woodside studios Southbourne, is a creative space consisting of six friendly artists working in different artistic disciplines.
If you would like to book your place, you can contact me here.