My life is shared into family time, teaching ceramics and designing and making my own pottery. Some weeks the pendulum swings more into one area than the others but over time, it all balances out.
I work in stoneware and porcelain clays, depending on the pieces I am making. I enjoy the challenge and refinement of porcelain, but stoneware is like an old friend to me and I keep coming back to it.
It's so easy to let your homeware become part of the background. My aim is to make decorative and functional pieces that people enjoy using and having around them. I'd like to think the vases I make aren't put in a cupboard once the flowers are put in the compost, and the mugs I make turn a cup of tea with friends into a tea party.
Oh, and by the way, I have an accomplice in all of this - Maggie, my Westie. She is never far from my side. She keeps the kids in order, entertains my students and always has the final say during photoshoots.