I trained in ceramics and 3D design at Farnham Art School followed by a PGCE.
After some experience in other workshops I set up Bartley Heath Pottery with my husband Mick. I then combined making functional pots and teaching art to make a living.
As a teacher in many different settings I worked using different mediums, and with reference to the work of artists, cultures, and everyday narrative. These are still my influences and are embedded, and very mixed. As a potter at home I contributed to the range of thrown ware, according to the varying demands of teaching.
I no longer teach and am able to spend time exploring different ways of making and glazing that help to develop the ideas that I return to – rocks, figures, my family and a love of the natural world.
My latest series of rock pots were inspired by a trip to Orkney with its cliffs, and sea stacks. An introduction to the technique of kurinuki suggested a way of expressing the power and drama of the cracking, ageing rocks. I am excited by the prospect of developing this idea, with attention to the surface finish.