I have lived and worked in Whitstable since coming here as a student in the 1970s – I fell in love with it instantly.
My interest in ceramics grew from a chance job as a Girl Friday at Tabor Pottery in Canterbury with Les Brown, a job which turned into a four year apprenticeship.
From the moment I first learned to use the wheel I was hooked, and over 30 years later, still love to throw pots.
The outlet for my work is ‘Seagulls and Flamingos’ (Address: 12 Harbour St, Whitstable CT5 1AQ). Our shop opened in Whitstable in 1985 as an outlet for locally made ceramics, furniture, glass, and clothes. Nowadays it has expanded to include a wide range of non-local and fair trade goods.
We’ve now moved out of the Belmont Yard Studio and are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to the new space at Unit 13, Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate, Millstrood Road, Whitstable CT5 3PS – starting September/October 2018. The builders are in and work is progressing well, though no moving-in date yet fixed
Individual lessons and sessions for up to 6 people available at my small home workshop if you can’t bear to wait
For exisiting students – drop in Friday 10th August 2.30 – 4.30 pm and Sunday 12th August 10.30 – 4pm (£5 per hour)
Throwing Workshops 10.30 – 4pm £65
Tuesday 21st August and Friday 7th September
3 places available – suitable for beginners and improvers – materials, glazing and firing included – intensive focus on establishing good technique through observing demonstrations and repetition of forms
Focus on Handbuilding 10.30 – 4pm £50
Sunday 19th August and Sunday 9th September
5 places available – suitable for beginners and improvers – materials, glazing and firing included – starting with cups and jugs, this is a flexible day which will allow you to develop your own ideas once you have mastered these basis techniques
Spaces available for individual 2 hour lessons – £30 for one person, £50 for two. Materials, glazing and firing included
Open Studios at Unit 13, Joseph WQilson Industrial Estate, Millstrood Road w/e 20th/21st, 27th/28th October and 3rd/4th November – see Open House Whitstable Trail booklet when available
Gift vouchers avalable for lessons and classes – redeemable for 2 years