It’s been almost 2 years since starting my pottery adventure. When lockdown came along, we converted our garage, added a window and bought a kiln and my passion for playing with clay started.
I am based on the beautiful Shropshire/Welsh/Cheshire border, the breath-taking views over the Welsh mountains from my studio could not be a more relaxing and inspiring place to work, it became my sanctuary during those long uncertain months.
I am a self-taught with no formal training; however, I’ve always been creative and over the years have kept coming back to my love of pottery, going on one-day courses but learning not much more than how to make a pinch pot. I lost my love of life when I lost my mum and when my children left for university I have drifted for too long with no purpose.
I had no plan and soon my successes and failures were mounting on shelves. I love creating animals which I see in the countryside around me. I try and push the clay to its limits and give movement to my pieces. My daughter set up an Instagram account, and within weeks several galleries contacted me to ask if they could exhibit my work. After being very apprehensive, Instagram has been fantastic, I share my story on-line, I have met up for coffee with some lovely artists and am now selling my work in some wonderful galleries locally.
I have now set up my own website called Heidespottery.co.uk, were a selection of my work can be found. It has proved very useful in giving customers idea’s for their own personal commissions for that unique gift – from personalised pigs for a butcher’s shop to a warthog salt pig called Pumbaa for a wedding present. If you have an idea I will try and make it a reality there really isn’t anything quite like a personalised present.
As for the future I want to carry on learning and experimenting and hopefully start some workshops in my lovely studio, helping people achieve their dream – just like me