- Fit out shed as a small studio
- Buy a kiln
- Buy a potter's wheel
I have always had a love of art and after enrolling on a Art & Design course at a local college, I tried pottery for the very first time and instantly knew this was what I needed in my life!
I was fortunate enough to study Ceramics at university, however during this time I started to realise the lack of options for those interested in the medium (particularly in Scotland).
I feel the opportunities for people to try pottery first-hand are on the decline but as evidenced by the popularity of shows such as the Great British Throwdown, there is still a significant interest in the craft. I never got the chance to throw mud until I was in my mid-twenties as there was no pottery available at any of my schools.
As we all know funding is being cut in the arts and unfortunately it means more and more people are missing out in the joy of making. I truly wish I found pottery earlier as it has hugely benefited my mental and physical well-being, this is something I wish to share with as many people as possible. In the past I have had issues with my own mental health and in 2017 I was diagnosed with M.E - my art has helped me through these challenges. It's true what they say, potters really are the nicest people in the world.
I have very recently found a space to rent at a local studio where I will be working hard to further develop my skills and produce more of my own work. Whilst I spend as much time as I can building my portfolio I will be working on my long-term goals.
Stage 1: Establishing myself as a maker
Stage 2: Setting up my own space
Stage 3: Taking art to the people
I know I might be aiming high but I feel these are very realistic goals and with the help of fundraising I believe I can at least move closer towards my dream of making art more accessible, while retaining the proud and historic traditions of pottery within the UK.
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